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OJ Mayo vs. Eric Gordon

I was wondering which was the best sg in the 2008 draft. I am leaning towards Eric Gordon. He finishes around the rim better, had a better assist to TO ratio, and, in the games he started, of which their were 65, he averaged about the same ppg as Mayo. He also has a really nice high arcing shot which he should improve.
Mayo did have more assists and rebounds, however, and took more shots, although less accurately. Their athleticism is comparable.
What do you guys think?


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Right now, Eric Gordon But

Right now, Eric Gordon

But in 2-3 seasons i'll say OJ Mayo

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OJ Mayo he is a better

OJ Mayo he is a better shooter,ballhandler,passer,defender,freethrow shooter, and scorer.

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Eric gordon

ive been thinkin 4 a while that gordon was better while many said oj was better. eg had 2 wait most of the year behind cuttino mobley and ricky davis. but when he finally got a chance he tore it up. it makes me wonder wat coulld he have done if he had played the whole season

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Gordan hes extremly athletic

Gordan hes extremly athletic and can shoot the three. he reminds mo of Ben Gordan but hes a team player and can play defense.

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I like OJ Mayo, his game is

I like OJ Mayo, his game is amazing and I think once he practices more and works on his shooting, he can be a superstar in the NBA

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im leaning

Towards Eg u can't say they have tha same athleticism he posted a 40 inch vert n draft work outs, also he doesn't shoot nearly as much as mayo,

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I'd go with Mayo here, he's

I'd go with Mayo here, he's a better all-around player. Gordon is the better 3 point shooter, and its a toss-up on who's the better scorer. But Mayo scored more last year so that puts him over the edge for now in that department. Yea, I'd go with Mayo.

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oj is better allaround player than gordon

oj is better allaround player than gordon but gordon i say is a better scorer than mayo

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I think both are very good

I think both are very good players, but I'll give Gordon the nod considering he isn't being an idiot and trying to run the show like Mayo is trying to do. I think Gordon is more athletic than Mayo, but I think that Mayo has a slight edge in ball handling and getting his teammates the ball. That said, he jacks up way too many shots to be running the show for any team.

OJ, do what you do best and score the ball. Let someone else run the show.

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Mayo

I like Gordon, but Mayo is better and has a bigger upside!

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close

But I'll take Mayo. Keep in mind he probably had more pressure on his shoulders last year then Gordon. Mayo is better at creating offense for his teammates and probably better defensively too.

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MAYO

OJ Mayo is slighly better than Eric Gordon. While Gordon is a much purer shooter, Mayo is a tremendous scorer. It may seem he jacks up countless shots, but lets not forget that he plays for the Grizzlies, so who else besides him and Rudy Gay are providing offense by themselves. Mayo is great at getting teammates involved as well and has much more vision and passing skills than Mayo. Gordon would look better on paper because of his great strength and insane vert, but history shows us that sometimes its just all about being a gamer, not that Gordon isnt a gamer. I guarantee you if they switched places then in 2-3 years the Clips would be a tough team to deal with. Its simple as this, Gordon couldnt come in and have the immediate impact that Mayo had. Its clear that Mayo is the better player.

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Topic already posted..

that's the main problem with this board IMO lol the same discussion's keep getting discussed but on new posts.

Let me post a response to this already discussed topic though, while both are extremely gifted player's and are both known for their ability to score.

Mayo get's the edge over Gordon, simply because Mayo can play both guard positions more effectively and his basketball IQ is way ahead of Gordon's at this point.

Eric Gordon does play a lot better without the ball than Mayo does, and is more athletically gifted than his counter part, but if you wanted a player to lead you to a come back, I wouldn't give the ball to Gordon.

Think of it this way, Mayo is to Gordon as Kobe is to Allen.

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Personally, I would take

Personally, I would take Mayo because I think he has the tools and drive to be an elite defender....

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toaa up

they similar in alot of ways they both have deadly jumpers they both can slash to the rim both are decent defenders but oj is better defender and passer eric gordon is the better athlete and he is better driving to the rim.right now i say oj but isnt fair to gordon cause he didnt get the chance to start like mayo did off the back. Eric isnt that far behind him though.

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I don't think Mayo is on

I don't think Mayo is on Kobe's level athletically. Not even close. I will say that he has a much higher IQ than Gordon. It's a tough call and really depends on the other players on the team.

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I think people are

I think people are underating OJ athleticly he has a 41'' vertical and is pretty fast im not saying hes the best athlete in the world but he is a pretty good one.

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OJ can jump out the gym he is athletic

Gordon is still better at attacking the hoop and shooting the J. Gordon will have more explosive scoring nights and OJ will fill up the stat sheet. Gordon is a better defender than people are saying, but not sure if he is better than Mayo. It is close to me on who is the better defender. I go with Gordon, a deadly shooter who can get in the lane and finish.

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Naw, Mayo is a much better

Naw, Mayo is a much better defender than Gordon.

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I say Gordon, But they are

I say Gordon, But they are close, they will both put up great numbers this year as the likely 1st options on each of there teams. I think tehy will both average about 20 ppg or more this yer, but im gonna give it to gordon

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I saw Gordon Defend Kobe real well a few games and it change my mind. Mayo was way better to me coming in, but that change my mind. I think it is closer.

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I like both but as of right

I like both but as of right now Gordon has the edge even though the stats favor OJ. Mayo game is so veteran like thought that he could grab it back but Gordon is just a beast and physically and athletically superior.

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That was one game, Eric

That was one game, Eric Gordon isnt the defender Mayo is on a consistent basis. Gordon is a better defender than most say, I agree, because I've seen him defend very hard (esp. Summer League and at the end of the year when he was getting clock to help him develop more) but OJ mayo can take his man out of the game slashing to the basket if he wants to prove a point against his man.

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Mayo got rookie defensive

Mayo got rookie defensive 1st team and Gordon didn't. That simple

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Mayo

Maybe better, but him getting rookie defensive would not make it that simple. Think about all the good defenders that don't make all D. It happens.

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I don't know.. I have yet to really watch Mayo, but...

I've seen quite a bit of Gordon, and he has a great jumpshot and excellent defensive ability whenever he puts his mind to it. Sure he may have lower averages, but think about how he was on the bench for part of the season. He even gets to the line more which pairs well with his FT%.

Mayo's more of your consistent player, while Gordon's your athletic dominator...

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what are you talking about?

what are you talking about? there is not even an all-defense rookie team.

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eric

eric gordan is a scorer from anywhere on the court mayo is to but does it better

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I must be seeing a different

I must be seeing a different O.J. Mayo than everybody else. The O.J. that I saw struggled creating separation from his man and finishing around the rim, often resorting to pull-up jumpers and floaters. This wouldn't be a problem if he got to the line on a regular basis. He averaged less than 4 free throws a game, which is a shame because he is automatic from the line. I might get points taken away for this, but I don't care, I'm just gonna say it: Kobe is more athletic than Mayo RIGHT NOW. With that being said, he is very skilled and already one of the best shooters in the league. He's also powerfully built at 210 pounds, and has very good lateral quickness and length. He is a very willing and capable defender. He reminds me of a young Mitch Richmond, and I think they'll have similar careers.

As for Gordon, I think he has the potential to become a dominant scorer. From his semi-bald head to his 220 pound frame and explosiveness, he's like a cannonball. He doesn't always give a full effort on defense, but he can really get into his man when he does. Aside from his scoring and defense, he rarely contributed anywhere else. He could become a guy who gets assists from penetrating and kicking or simply from being double teamed, and he has the strength and leaping ability to become a decent rebounder from the guard position.

Funny Excerpt from Bill Simmons about Eric Gordon's Jumpshot

"Eric Gordon’s beautiful, moonball, knee-weakening, once-in-a-generation jump shot. It’s just perfect. I love it. I love everything about it. Every time he shoots it, the Clippers crowd goes quiet for a split-second like one of the cheerleaders just pulled up her shirt. Even the spin is gorgeous. I can’t say enough about it. I am in love with Eric Gordon’s jump shot. I want to marry it. I want to have kids with it. I will go to at least one practice or shootaround this year just to see him hoist 200 of them. And by the way, the kid is going to be great — he’s bigger than I thought, and when he drives to the lane, defenders just bounce off him. He will end up being the third-best guy in that draft. Unless, of course — and I’m contractually obligated to mention this since it’s the most jinxed franchise in sports and we’re only two years removed from Shaun Livingston’s knee flying off his body and landing in the eighth row — something horrible happens to him. Please, Lord, no. Just give us a decade of Gordon jump shots. I don’t ask for much."

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I agree with everything you said, except Mayo having length. He doesn't have a lot of length for his position, which is the reason why he doesn't finish very well around the rim. Mayo's wingspan is only 6' 6", which is three full inches shorter than Gordon's. Gordon has a 6' 9" wingspan and is incredibly strong, which allows him to finish through and over players several inches taller than him. It also allows him to defend players taller than him. Gordon and Mayo have two different mentalities. Mayo has a jump shooters mentality, while Gordon is looking to attack the rim. That's why Gordon gets to the free-throw line and Mayo doesn't.

Gordon is the better player in my opinion, but I'm a little biased. I see the areas where Mayo has the edge, but I just like Gordon's game a lot better.

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mayo has the better all

mayo has the better all around game and his work eithic is unmatched by any of the rookies and most nba players on top of being a great offensive weapon hes also a very good defender and a good passer. he does settle for his jumper a lil too muhc which is why he doesnt go to the line as often. im not too worried about the wing span because its the same as kirk hinrich, delonte west and randy foyle who are all pretty good defenders plus i think all thenumbers thing is overrated if youre a good player defender then it doesnt matter as much

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