One player that has stepped up in a big way for their team during the 2020 NBA Playoffs is Eric Gordon. Gordon is in his fourth season with the Houston Rockets, and he’s become a valuable option for the team.
The shooting guard has been in the league for 12 years, and he’s worked on his game since he entered the league. Gordon was a standout player in college before entering the NBA.
Eric Gordon was ready for the NBA when he entered the league
Gordon entered the league in 2008 when the LA Clippers drafted him with the seventh overall pick in the NBA draft. As a rookie, Gordon received a lot of playing time in his first year with the Clippers. In 78 games, he made 65 starts and averaged 16.1 points, and shot 45.6 percent from the field. He was named to the All-Rookie Second Team. Gordon spent three seasons with the Clippers and became a full-time starter during his final two years. During the 2010-11 season, he averaged 22.3 points, 4.4 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game.
After his time in LA, he was traded to New Orleans, playing for the Hornets/Pelicans. In his first season in New Orleans, he only played in nine games as he dealt with a knee injury. During those nine games he played, he averaged 20.6 points, 3.4 assists, and 2.8 rebounds. Gordon continued to remain in the starting lineup during his time in New Orleans, and during the 2014-15 season, he shot 44.8 percent from the 3-point line, which was a career-high.
Though Gordon wasn’t a top scorer on the teams he played for, he played his role well, and he was always one of the top shooters on the teams he played for. He knew how to make the open shot, and if his team needed a basket, Gordon was not afraid to have the ball in his hands.
Eric Gordon joining the Houston Rockets and winning the Sixth Man of the Year
In July of 2016, Gordon signed with the Rockets. He took more of a reserve role during the 2016-17 season, and he had a lot of success in his first season in Houston. Gordon participated in the 3-Point Contest during All-Star Weekend and won the competition. He has always been a high-volume shooter ever since he entered the league, and he displayed his talents during the competition.
Gordon ended the season on a high note. He finished averaging 16.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. The shooting guard was named the Sixth Man of the Year after his impressive performance. Gordon continued to have success in Houston, and he has split time coming off the bench and playing in the starting lineup. With the Rockets having James Harden and Russell Westbrook, they were looking for a third option, and Gordon has filled that role, especially during the 2020 playoffs. He’s averaging 18.4 points during the playoffs, and the Rockets will look to keep him for as long as they can.
Eric Gordon was a big-time player in college
Gordon only spent one year playing in college, and he made the most of that year. He attended Indiana University, where he played shooting guard. Gordon received numerous honors during his freshman season. He finished the season averaging 20.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game. As a freshman, he led the Big Ten in scoring.
He was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection. Gordon set a record at Indiana and in the Big Ten scoring 669 points, and he’s Indiana’s all-time freshman leading scorer. He also was named an All-American at the end of his freshman season. Gordon has always been a top player going back to college, and he continues to show why he can be a top player on any team in the league.