Monday, December 31, 2007

Eric Gordon - NBA Draft Prospects

Numbers: 20.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.3 spg, 43% FG, 83% FT, 34% 3's.

About Him: Eric Gordon has all the makings of a star at the NBA level. He already has an NBA body and is an excellent athlete. He is incredibly explosive getting to the basket and can finish at the rim because he is strong enough to absorb the contact. He is a dead eye three point shooter with range way beyond the NBA three, although after hurting his wrist in January, his seemed to lose his stroke. That also coincided with the firing of Kevin Sampson, when Gordon seemed to lose all his desire to play. This performance down the stretch didn't help his draft stock, but it also didn't hurt him too badly. The biggest question mark with Gordon is whether or not he can be a combo guard - can he play the point. He is only 6'3", so he does not have the ideal size for a NBA two-guard, but he makes up for that a bit with his strength and toughness.

Comparisons: Paul Pierce (but shorter), Ray Allen/Ben Gordon

Bottom Line: Down the stretch, Gordon couldn't hit a shot and has he struggled, so did the Hoosiers, who went from a top 10 team to an eight seed losing in the first round. He still is probably a lock to be a top 10 pick, however, given how good he looked at the start of the year.

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