NBA Ball: We Have seen the best of Eric Gordon.
Eric Gordon is my favorite player in the league and I have been defending him for years but its about time I start calling it the way it is. His best days are behind him. which is sad considering he is still 25 and not even in his prime. It doesn't look like he will regain the quickness and athleticism that he had with his days with the clippers. Its sad cause there was no doubt that he would be the best SG in the league right now. everyone talks about guys like Thompson, Beal, Stephenson and guys like that, but none of them were on EJs level pre injury.
I still cant figure out how and why he's never gained back his explosiveness. Westbrook 3 knee surgeries in 8 months, Rose ACL and meniscus tear, Bledsoe has torn his meniscus twice and they all look fine and back to form(though the jury is still out on rose). Gordon has had Minor knee injuries and yet it has robbed him from his quickness and athleticism. Gordon was so exciting to watch during his clippers days and was known for being a fearless slasher, whose athleticism was on the same level as Rose and Westbrook. Gordon would be as good as them today had he not gotten hurt because he was just as good of scorer to go along with there athleticism and was a MUCH better 3 pointer shooter and defender than both of them.
Watching Gordon this past season was quite embarrassing and he looked awful on both ends. He had career lows in most categories and disappeared way to often despite Ryan Ander and Jrue Holiday going down with season ending injuries early in the season. Gordon Started along side Anthony Davis, Al-farouq Aminu, Brian Roberts and Alexis Ajinca most of the season and still put up career lows across the board which is just mind blowing. if he couldn't put up numbers playing alongside those people and how would he look playing alongside real talent? It doesn't matter how good Davis is and if he's the first option, during Gordon's breakout season in LA Blake Griffin was the first option and Gordon was just fine with that and still put up numbers being the 2nd guy. He looked way too passive and gun shy this past season that it was hard to watch. Gordon was always known as a fierce competitor and highly competitive kid on both ends, but he just doesn't play with the same fire and intensity that he use to. I don't know why that is. Gordon DID NOT attempt 10 or more Free Throws once this season. NOT ONCE. that's hard to believe. something that was once a big part of his game is no longer something he's able to do. it seemed like everybody on the pelicans had the green light to shoot, and they needed scoring especially after holiday and Andersons injury, but Gordon just wasn't up for the task. It was even worst in the 4th Quarter. He never really got the ball and never took over. I don't recall him ever demanding the ball . Now whether that was on Gordon or Monty Williams is still debatable. Example- Jan 15th vs. the rockets Gordon scored 35 points and took 1 shot in the 4th Quarter. Just 1. they blew a double digit lead in the 4th quarter and lost by 3. Gordon was no where to be found. He never asked for the ball once. not once.
Ryan Anderson 22 games played- 20 FGA 4 times
Jrue Holiday 34 games played- 20 FGA 2 times
Tyreke Evans 72 games played(only 22 starts)- 20 FGA 6 times
Eric Gordon 64 games played- ONE he took more than 20 shots ONCE!!!!!
The pelicans needed Gordon to do what he does best and that is to score the ball and just wasn't capable of putting the team on his back like he use to. he really cant get to rim like he use, and when he gets there he has a hard time finishing and he just cant explode like he use to.
Video of what Gording was capable of doing early in his career.
Game by game stats of Eric Gordon his last season in LA. he put up some huge numbers especially the first month of the season.
http://espn.go.com/nba/player/gamelog/_ ... ric-gordon
I haven't even mentioned his defense. What on Gods name happened on that end? Gordon is turning into a bad defender, and some of his numbers on that end are eye popping and just flat out horrible. like last in the league horrible. Gordon was a above average defender his last year in LA and was a bull dog on that end. He was an excellent defender on team USA in 2010 and was the second best defender on the perimeter after Andre Iguodala. It seems like he has just given up on that end and playing for a defensive minded coach like Monty Williams makes even more questionable why that is. watching him get beat numerous times on that end is almost as hard as watching him on the offense. he looks slow laterally and just doesn't seem as focused as he use to be.
Here is a clip of what Gordon was capable of doing on defense every game.
We have seen the best of Eric Gordon and just how good he could have been we will just never know.He went from being one of the best SG in the league and superstar in the making and now he wont even be an all star. End of rant.
I knew he was good, I knew he was a great player. There are a lot of players that looked great prior to some injuries, but none of Gordon's seemed like they were devastating. I think it has a lot to do with effort. Gordon didn't want to be a Hornet, and he was forced to stay there. He was looking like the next best two guard after Kobe and Wade retired, but he isn't that anymore. I don't think anyone remembers Gordon. That young Clipper team before the CP3 trade had lots of up-and-coming stars, and now it's weird seeing how they are now. Gordon is basically a husk of his former self, Griffin is a star yet always comes up short, and Bledsoe is going to sign a qualifying offer even though he's the best two-way point guard behind Chris Paul. Effort goes a long way.
"I think it has a lot to do with effort. Gordon didn't want to be a Hornet, and he was forced to stay there."
I can almost assure myself and others, that we would have seen a different EG with the Phoenix Suns if the Hornets/Pelicans did not match the offer sheet.
I feel the same exact way about Orange Juice Mayonnaise now. No explanation is needed! You've made your point about Gordon, just transfer it over to the Juiceman in categories where they need to be and you all see fit.
It has been a long time since he has had a full off-season without health issues. I still have faith in this guy and all though that the whole idea of him being the next great SG is gone he still has potential to bounce back.
I think he can still mold himself into a solid 3-D guy to the level of Arron Afflalo where he is still a good 3rd option scorer on a good team, I would like him moved to a team where he could fit this role or Evans moved so he can be that guy next to Davis and Holiday.
I remember I didn't want the Clips to include Gordon in the CP3 deal and thought they'd regret it due to Pauls injuries. I was wrong but that's how GOOD Gordon was at that point. He was a much better play maker, passser, and defender than given credit.
Aaron Nelson and Suns traning staff could have saved his career, so sad. (Especially since I'm a Suns fan)
Yeah, I was pretty angry that New Orleans matched that offer for Gordon.
He was clearly just trying to go to the best place for his health but the Pelicans had to match and now his career is a shell of what it could have been.
I fully believe he would have been a multiple All-Star with the Suns.
I know I will be frowned upon after stating this... But, I feel as though EG turned himself into the modern day DeShawn Stevenson. What I mean by this is we all knew what could've became of Stevenson aside from that comparison "we" all love to rehash. The tools were there for Stevenson as the same for Gordon, but injuries etc. made each regress to become less aggressive to live and die by outside shooting.
Eric Gordon is currently in Germany getting treatments for his knees/left ankle. Hopefully, the treatments provide pain relief and promote healing.
Every knee injury is different. Gordon hasn't torn an ACL or meniscus, but he's done major damage to the artcular cartilage in his right knee joint. Depending on the significance, sometimes direct damage to the articular cartilage can be worse than an ACL or mensicus injury. And due to the damage in his right knee joint, he's been overcompensating for it on his left ankle and left knee. He needed minor arthoscopic cleanups on his left ankle last summer and on his left knee this summer.
Simply put... That right knee cartilage injury (already had knee soreness before banging knees with Grant Hill) his first season in NO and then the right knee bone bruise and patella tendon disorder his second season has caused his body to break down. Right quad weakness and then left ankle, left knee and hip issues caused by overcompensation.
The good news is he's taking great care of his body. He's lost weight. He's put in major rehab/physical therapy work on his quads, hamstrings, core, glutes, etc. Tons of yoga and flexibility/mobility training. I mean, he's doing all he can. I think this upcoming season will be the most healthy/pain free he's been since being in NO.
Last season Eric Gordon was the healthiest he has been in a few years and he might of had his worst season of his career. Offensively he just can't get it done anymore. Yes he's lost some quickness and athleticism but that doesn't explain all his shortcomings on that end. Quite simply he just doesn't play with the same fire and passion that he use to. He's not as competitive as he use to be and it shows. He's not hungry to score the basketball like he use to. He's not willing to take over games and he disappears way to often. When did he become so passive?
WTF happened on the defensive end? He is starting to look hopeless on that end. I've Never seen him get beat over and over on that end. It's like he doesn't take that end of the floor serious anymore.
At the tale end of it, you are still describing DeShawn Stevenson.
The last three years of Eric Gordon's career have been the worst of his basketball life. Yes, being traded to NO and them matching his contract offer played a role in his unhappiness, but it's mostly been because he's been injured year after year and hasn't been able to play up to his capabilities.
Last season he played 64/64 games, which was the most he'd played since his rookie season, but he was regaining his rhythm after having off-season ankle surgery. He also struggled with knee soreness at some point last season, which required a cleanup procedure this summer. Throw all that in with trying to adapt to two new ball dominant teammates in Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans, plus Anthony Davis taking more of a primary role in the offense. I also think you have to look at the way Monty Williams used him, which was more of a floor spacer. He didn't really see as many opportunities handling the ball. He wasn't a focal point of the offense really. More like a 3rd/4th option. I don't think Gordon likes playing for Williams.
I think he shot the ball well last season. He didn't shoot it well off of the dribble, but he was very good off of the catch. I think the biggest difference in his game right now is he just doesn't finish around the rim or attack the basket like he was with the Clippers. You can attribute that due to his lack of explosiveness/first step and lower body strength (knee/ankle injuries). He only averaged 3.5 free-throws last season, which was the lowest in his career.
Defensively, he still has quick hands, but just isn't as quick laterally or strong lower body wise.
There's a good chance his best days are behind him, but I hope not.