Living in Indiana, I am surrounded by casual Pacers fans who know Eric Gordon as the Indiana Mr. Basketball and, for a short time, IU superstar (though all the IU fans seem to forget that he couldn't lead them to an NCAA tournament victory...). Many of these casual fans are calling for the Pacers to trade for Gordon (even to trade DANNY GRANGER for Gordon), and to "bring the hometown kid home". Well, I believe that sentimentality needs to be set aside and the Pacers need to look at the facts.
First of all, the Pacers need to look at the financial aspects of acquiring Gordon. A straight-up trade, Granger for Gordon, (or even George and someone else for Gordon) would not be affordable for NO. Signing Gordon may not even be affordable for the Pacers if a large qualifying offer is needed to keep Hibbert, who is an RFA.
Second, one would think that the Pacers are investing in Paul George as their long-term SG. With Granger as the SF, George is relegated to SG. He seems to be a mercurial player whose confidence can get thrown way off, as it did in the playoffs, when he was shooting awful (26% from 3) and he just disappeared in games. If the Pacers acquired Gordon, George's confidence would be shot and this massive-potential player would be severely hindered.
Finally, the Pacers were last in assists, and Gordon is a ball-dominator who would only make that worst.
I know the Pacers need someone who can create shots, but Gordon is not the guy. Vogel came out and said a few days ago that he wants the team to stay the same, to keep the same young, developing, unselfish nucleus. Gordon would be an unnecessary signing. The Pacers made the conference semis and lost to, potentially, the best team in the league...with a group of young guys who have not yet reached their prime! (Hibbert, George, Collison, Hill) I rest my case.
@pacersgrandpa As a pacer fan you wouldnt rather see gordon at the 2 and geoge at his more natural sf position in exchange for granger?Granger played bad in the playoffs and his numbers have been declining. if im the pacers seems like an easy decision
I would not. I know I am in the minority, but I think Granger is about on Gordon's level, and I don't think the Pacers' chemistry should be disturbed. Unlike many, I think they have all the pieces for a championship contender, they just need a couple years, as all the key guys' primes align. (before Granger gets too old, that is)
While I see what your saying, I would have to disagree with you on a few points. I agree that they have the pieces for a championship contender, but some of those pieces need to develop. But that's the problem. Granger is already 29, while Gordon is only 23. If I had the choice between a SG/SF combo of Gordon/George or George/Granger, I would go with Gordon.
I see the Pacers being a good team, but with Miami, Chicago, and Orlando (assuming Howard's playing) in their conference, I don't see the Pacers winning it all. It's possible because they have a lot of depth, but it would be extremely tough.
I would rather Collison (24), Gordon (23), George (22), and Hibbert (25) develop together, rather than with Granger. I just feel that if the Pacers were ever going to win it all with Granger, it would have been before he hit 30. Now what does he have? 3, maybe 4 good seasons left in him, and he'll likely see his numbers slowly decline. He'll still be a top player in say 2015, but wouldn't you rather have Collison at 27, Gordon at 26, George at 25, and Hibbert at 28 in 2015? Plus, add in some first round picks, and this team would look like a contender.
Granger being Gordons equal is debatable (I'm a huge Gordon fan), but while ignoring that assertion, basketball is a team sport.
The Pacers had one glaring weakness. They needed a player who can create his own shot... and by that I mean a quality shot. Not a running, contested, sideways leaning jumper from 15 feet away. A high percentage look or being able to reliably get to the rim for a strong finish. Gordon would fill that need and then some.
I suppose the real question should be, if Gordon had replaced Granger in the playoffs, would the Pacers have won the series against Miami?
Indy is just like the Nuggets in that both team have a bunch of very good players but not one star. You can only say one team has won a ring this way the Pistons, but they had Big Ben who was DPOY three times in a row. We know that Granger is a good player, but maybe Gordon turns into a star. Also Indy needs to put Grorge at the SF spot or trade him because him running around as a 6 foot 10 SG is killing his growth as a player.
If New Orleans would accept Granger and Collison for Gordon I'd take that all day if I were Indiana.
Hill/Gordon/George/West/Hibbert looks pretty nice....
Indiana would have a go to scorer in Gordon, I don't think Granger is a go to guy by any means.
I think it would be a lock to trade Granger for Gordon. George is good and his athleticism made him start cuz he was one of the 5 best players on the team.....he isnt a SG though. It was like back in the day when Pheonix has Jason Kidd at SG and Kevin Johnson at PG....we all know Kidd isnt a SG
I personally would not only give up Granger if i'm the Pacers, i would also give them a throw in of Hill, or Barbosa. (even tho there both free agents)
Eric Gordon and Paul George would be very good together in my opinion. For one, it'd move George to his natural position. He's not a two guard.
Gordon is a scorer, but he isn't selfish. He understands when to make the right pass. He's also not ball dominant. He can create his own off of the dribble and he can also play off of the ball. I don't think he'd hurt George's confidence at all. I actually think George would see more wide open shots due to the fact Gordon puts so much pressure on a defense. Everybody on the Pacers would benefit from Gordon's ability to create his own offense and attack the basket.
Defensively, I think Gordon and George would be pretty damn good as well. Team chemistry wise... A new player always brings adjustment, but I think Gordon is very easy to play with. He plays team basketball, works hard... Great guy on and off of the floor. I don't really see this being an issue. And unlike Granger, he prefers to let his play do the talking. I think he has better shot selection than Granger and won't settle for as many long jump shots.
I like Granger, but this move would be a no brainer to me. There aren't very many young players with star potential who actually want to play in Indiana. When one comes along, you need to grab him.
Was that a small shot at Gordon that he didn't lead IU to a NCAA Tournament victory lol? IF so, that's messed up... You know that team was a mess. Gordon and DJ White were probably the only two players who cared that season. Kelvin Sampson's team was a mess and that season was full of distractions and problems.