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Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 at 3:41 pm  |  94 responses

Top 50: Eric Gordon, no. 36

The definitive ranking of the NBA’s best players.

by Quinn Peterson / @QwinFNP

The “most underrated player in the League” title gets passed around from year-to-year like a red, white and blue Globetrotter ball. It’s mere coincidence that this season’s nominee rocks a red, white and blue jersey.

Entering his fourth season in the L, Eric Gordon is as steady as it gets. So much, in fact, that Gordon suffers from that syndrome where one is so consistently good—so habitually on-point—that his contributions often go overlooked and under-appreciated.

But truth be told, you’d be hard-pressed to come across a better 2-man, save Kobe or DWade. There’s an argument to be made that, in terms of bang-for-buck, he’s ahead of cash-guzzlers like Joe Johnson and Monta Ellis, too.

All this being said, SLAM hasn’t been sleeping on EG, as Aggrey Sam has already laid out many of these points in KICKS 14.

After turning averages of 16.1 and 16.9 in his first two seasons, respectively, Gordon stepped it up to 22 per last year, to go along with 4.4 assists and 3 boards. Efficient percentages are always nice, too: 45 percent from the field, 82 percent from the line, 37 percent from deep.

Not a specialist, but a well-rounded, do-it-all type with no major weaknesses, the explosion was to be expected: Gordon was a member of the “B Team” USA that won the FIBA World Championships last summer. Most of that cast went on to have the best seasons of their careers—Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook and Gordon, in particular. Originally brought on as the token knock-down shooter, Gordon provided far more than that, serving as one of the team’s primary lock-down defenders, as well.

At 6-3, 220, physically, he’s built like a piece of granite. Skill-wise, he’s rock-solid, as well. In fact, it’s the “Rock”—Mitch Richmond—who many have appropriately likened him to. Though a couple inches shorter than Richmond, the comparison is dead-on. Great shooter and scorer, in general, tough slasher, solid defender. One who, despite having the utmost respect of his peers, flew under the radar on the left coast.

But Gordon is far more athletic, and this is where cats really sleep on him at (and how he makes up for being 6-3). He’s got the same 40-inch vert as his 2008 Draft classmate—and former AAU teammate—Derrick Rose. Didn’t know? Don’t believe it? Holla at Tim Duncan, James Anderson, Paul Millsap, or Roy Hibbert for their personal testimonies.

His kryptonite, however, has been his health. While he played in 78 games as a rook, he missed 20 games in his sophomore campaign, and played in just 56 games last season.

If he can manage to keep it together for a full season or, at the least, 70+ games, that will be a major step in him cementing his place in the game. Winning, the universal cure-all, will surely assist him, as well. Thus far, the Clips have improved in each of his three seasons, moving from 19-63 to 29-53 to 32-50.

With a solid core of young talent surrounding Gordon, including the incredible Blake Griffin, things certainly seem to be looking up for the Clippers and Gordon, alike. Don’t be surprised to see him crack the top 25 as early as next season, either.

SLAMonline Top 50 Players 2011
Rank Player Team Position Pos. Rank
50 Luol Deng Bulls SF 8
49 Andrew Bogut Bucks C 7
48 Ray Allen Celtics SG 9
47 Marc Gasol Grizzlies C 6
46 David West Hornets PF 15
45 Kevin Martin Rockets SG 8
44 Andrew Bynum Lakers C 5
43 Brandon Jennings Bucks PG 11
42 Lamar Odom Lakers PF 14
41 Gerald Wallace Blazers SF 7
40 Brook Lopez Nets C 4
39 Joakim Noah Bulls C 3
38 Carlos Boozer Bulls PF 13
37 Kevin Garnett Celtics PF 12
36 Eric Gordon Clippers SG 7

Notes
• Rankings are based solely on projected ’11-12 performance.
• Contributors to this list include: Maurice Bobb, Shannon Booher, David Cassilo, Bryan Crawford, Sandy Dover, Adam Figman, Jon Jaques, Eldon Khorshidi, Ryne Nelson, Doobie Okon, Ben Osborne, Quinn Peterson, Dave Schnur, Abe Schwadron, Dan Shapiro, Irv Soonachan, Todd Spehr, Tzvi Twersky, Yaron Weitzman, DeMarco Williams and Ben York.
• Want more of the SLAMonline Top 50? Check out the archive.

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  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/6039/lebron-james-has-a-post-game nbk

    This is the best write up so far IMO. I cannot watch Gordon without thinking of a more defensive minded Mitch Richmond. Good work

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Good spot for an up and coming star.
    Dude kind of reminds me of a slightly-less athletic DWade with the way he attacks the rim and finishes with ease over bigs.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I think he’ll be a top 5 SG for his career. He has a slick shot. Good ball handling. Decent court vision. He was great for USA just sitting outside shooting long bombs, but it’s obvious that he brings allot more than that to the table. I’d only take Kobe, D-Wade over him at the 2 spot.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Great write up. I could see him a few spots higher but I’ve got no problem with this.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Dude can definitely light it up from 3. Sucks that his career so far has been hampered by injuries. If he can string together a full season, he won’t be conidered underrated anymore.
    On another note, I’m starting to feel Tim Duncan might not make top 50 on this list. Damn.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I really like this kid.
    Hope him and Blake can stick around and make the Clips a contender one day…

  • Showtime

    Huh??? Their no other two guard better beside Dwade, & kobe.. to me him and monta is a wash lol.. Im very high on Air gordon this is crazy lets see.
    1. Wade
    2. Kobe
    3.Monta(Offensive minded slam)
    4.????
    5.ISo joe
    6.????
    7. Eric Gordon??

  • shaolin23

    Great write up, even better pic.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Cosign Enig – The Gordon-Griffin combo is sweet, hopefully that play together for a long time.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I’d take healthy Eric Gordon over Monta any day. This list really doesn’t put enough value on defense.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Just how good can EG be? Superstar good or star-player good?
    He has the skills, explosiveness and strength to be a great player but he lacks the all-around game needed to become an elite player. That’s what separates the Kobe/Wade and to a lesser extent Manu, from the pack, their ability to dominate the game in different ways.

  • Showtime

    oh wait i 4 got about Manu

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/6039/lebron-james-has-a-post-game nbk

    Wade, Bryant, Ginobili, Johnson, Ellis, Iguodala is my assumption.

  • Showtime

    I taught iggy was Sf????

  • http://www.thehoopscene.com lawlow

    love eric gordon..he was dunking on everyone last season

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Yeah, I think Iggy is a SF, Reke might be the other SG…

  • chingy

    Monta’s and Joe Johnson’s names better show up 35 and 34.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/6039/lebron-james-has-a-post-game nbk

    If it’s not Iguodala who would it be? Iguodala started at both positions during the season, ESPN has him as a SG as his main position.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/6039/lebron-james-has-a-post-game nbk

    Tyreke Evans is better then Eric Gordon? I will have an issue with that. A major one.

  • http://www.twitter.com/BigFutureLG BigFuture

    Honestly Eric Gordon is better than monta ellis and a handful of other 2′s mentioned bc he does more with less while being crazy efficient, people don’t understand that the offense is controlled by mo williams…smh n then the 2nd option is blake who people think is 1st then its eric gordon, the reason I say mo williams is the 1st option is bc he runs the point and fires up shots whenever he feels like it

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Thats a toss up for me. Tyreke can rebound, playmake, slash better. EG can shoot way better and is a more traditional 2 guard.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/6039/lebron-james-has-a-post-game nbk

    Gordon scores 5 more points a game, on the same amount of shots. Turns the ball over less. ANd shoots 5% higher from the field. Oh and too boot, Gordon is a great defender, while Evans is just bad.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Ellis is the slightly better player between the two (for now).
    While Ellis suffers from the same injury problems as EG but he’s more durable. A better passer, scorer, and he was right up there near the top of the L in steals. They are both equals when it comes to efficiency and rebounding.
    EG has the skills to pass him in the near future but I have to give the edge to Ellis.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    eric gordon is the next d.wade… with a better 3 point shot.. and yes jtaylor he can be superstar good. swag him out. and btw what do you mean all around game? he’s already a good defender, and an excellent offensive player

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    In terms of being a 25-5-5 threat. DWade despite his height, has always been a great rebounder and he’s one of the best passing 2s in league history. The same goes for Kobe. I just don’t see Gordon reaching their level and those kind of numbers.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    nbk: Last year was a down year for Reke only cause he was battling plantar fasciitis the whole season. We should see a return to form from him next year. I could see him putting up 20-5-6 if he’s healthy and Jimmer isn’t made the focus of the offense.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/6039/lebron-james-has-a-post-game nbk

    I know why he struggled, I just don’t see him matching Gordon from a productivity stand point next season. I mean he is clearly a better playmaker, but the gap between them defensively IMO is pretty wide. Offensively, not so much.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Reke had a bad season last season. Rookie year he was at 20ppg. He turns the ball over more because he does more playmaking. He creates his own shot more also which usually results in a lower FG%. Not saying he’s better but you should feel much worse about Boozer being next to KG than Reke being ahead of EG.

  • Nella

    I can’t believe him and D-Rose were on the same AAU team. Nasty.

  • seriousblack

    ^Word. The Reebok Big Time battle when it was him and Rose vs. OJ Mayo and Bill Walker was epic. Mayo got the hype (and the W) in H.S but both these guys turned out better. Gordon also got some burn on the same AAU team as Greg Oden and Conley when he was a rising junior in hs. Glad to see he’s progressing in the League.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/6039/lebron-james-has-a-post-game nbk

    lol trust me Lake, I have an issue with every PF on this list so far except KG. I’m just banking on Al Jefferson showing up soon, and really starting this thing off.

  • ctkennedy

    shouldnt be over Kevin Martin yet …they both scorers n Kevin Martin is better right now

  • Overtime

    The dunk on Anderson was best. Always liked this guy, but he’s actually gotten better than I thought he’d be.
    Just making sure, Mike Beasley isn’t on this list right?
    I woulda maybe thought 50-45?

  • davidR

    you guys really don’t watch warrior basketball if you believe monta plays no defense.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/6039/lebron-james-has-a-post-game nbk

    You don’t pay very good attention to basketball in general if you think Monta is anything more then an average defender.

  • http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7021031/the-nets-nba-economics Allenp

    I immediately thought of Mitch when thinking about Gordon as well. A more athletic Mitch. And the reason for his low profile is the same.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Overtime, Personally i’d take Beasly over David West or Kevin Martin or Brook Lopez, but naw he ain’t making it anymore man. nbk, I think Monta is a slightly above average defender against small dudes that aren’t as quick as him. On the other hand he is a terrible defender against bigger guards(understandably). He is an Allen Iverson style defender. Not good, but gets his swipes and stays in front of guys so they look like they are above average.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/6039/lebron-james-has-a-post-game nbk

    Well yeah, but he is a Shooting Guard. Ellis would be a very good defender if he didn’t have to guard guys like Kobe, Ginobili, Wade, and the rest of the bigger guards in the league IMO. But he does, so he isn’t.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Well, not to nitpick your comment, but Wade is not a “bigger guard”, he just plays much bigger than he is, really he’s a 6’4″ guy playing like he’s 6’8″. Beastly.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    As far as Reke vs Gordon goes I think that Reke can be a superstar where as I think Gordon’s ceiling will be no higher than a multiple AllStar. Good but not quite great player. Reke has the body and the skills to be great.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I would agree with that.

  • Overtime

    @ Lakeshow, nah i realised he wasn’t gunna be showing up here. I was just thinking if someone came up to me and asked ‘is Micheal Beasley one of the top 50 players in the nba today?’ I woulda said yes.
    Are the Clippers the best dunking team in the NBA? I think so.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    The Heat are a close 2nd. D-Wade and Bron on the same team is rediculous. But yeah Clippers are the best dunkers right now.

  • ai come back

    ugh brandon roy………..

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    ugh………no!

  • ai come back

    cmon man if brandon roy wasnt injured u couldnt leave him off this list

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Well…..that’s the problem, he’s always injured.

  • Louis

    This write up is exactly like Brandon Roys a few years ago… Wish he was healthy, he is so clutch

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    If Brandon Roy makes this list then voting was done sometime in advance. Summer 2010 At the latest.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    There’s no way Brandon Roy is on here…what SG would you drop out?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    He wont be on here dont stress

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Just going through the list of players…it appears that only two out of these 4 can make it: Big Al, Scola, Lee, and Duncan. That’ll be interesting to see…

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Should be Scola and Duncan. Except Garnett is better then both when healthy IMO.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Duncan was 14 last year pcballer corrected me, my fault for sayin that. He definitely will be on the list.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    show me the proof of this forty inch vertical, dont believe it. I know he can jump, but maybe not that high, anyway, I think EG should be higher. Last season was a phenomenal one for EG, and if he hadnt got hurt the clippers would of won much more than they did.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Should be Scola and Duncan, yes, but I really don’t think that Slam will put Scola on here…Rockets just tend to be that overlooked team. I’d take all four of those cats over David West though.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    This is way too low, Gordon should be top 25 at the very least with the year he had, and the dominance he’s shown over the summer.

  • Isaac

    Gordon’s definitely got a 40″ vert.. The reason he’s underhyped is because he’s got no real flash in his game.. He doesn’t dunk often, and most of his dunks are just two handed flushes. He’s also got a very dull personality. But that’s what I like so much about the guy. He just goes out and does his job.

    What wasn’t mentioned in the article about his downside, is he really can’t handle the ball very well, and shows no propensity to rebound what so ever….

  • ctkennedy

    i repeat he is just a scorer n not better than Kevin Martin at it …he is TOO high

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    ckennedy, you obviously don’t watch EJ play. Living in LA, i see the Clips. I have been so impressed with this guy’s game. OVerall game is excellent. his passing has improved, and his defense has gotten better every single year. underrated defensively. 1 spot ahead of KG? cmon SLAM

  • ctkennedy

    @Joey i watch him play …he just scores …he gettin better on D …he cant run no pg or nothing …he just get buckets

  • Irfan

    Good job, good spot. I think many people will think he’s too high but that’s because we usually don’t watch many Clippers’ games and he’s still seen as very young and offensive-minded with a round face that makes him look less athletic than he is.
    But this guard has many skills, he defends well, passes well, slashes defense well, shoots from quite good range… it seems fair to me to rank him ahead of Ray (who’s quite ageing but should still be higher than K-Mart & Lopez & Jennings) and of course Martin who may be a better shooter (not sure though) but is not as good an overall player.
    With the good interior sector of the Clippers, he’s going to have a great season. Mo Williams is going to play as a facilitater more than a shooter and they may have a good balance. Maybe Clippers in playoffs? Each year we think they have a good roster and they don’t make it, maybe it’ll be the time.
    Some who have watched him might argue he’s too low but they have to think about who is still to be ranked. The NBA is very dense now!
    Ahead of him at the guard position:
    1. Kobe
    2. Wade
    3. J. Johnson – even though he’s not worthy of his contract and will be ranked too high anyway.
    4. Monta
    5. Manu
    6. Brandon Roy – who should be higher but is hurt badly.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    ^
    U think slam is thinking BRoy is gonna have a better year than EG?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    BRoy is done kids…he’s not returning to original form.

  • davidR

    nbk, you don’t watch warrior basketball. monta is more than an average defender. there’s a reason he’s asked to guard the other teams best wing player — including kevin durant. he doesn’t get his steals by gambling. he actually steals them from the opponents dribble.
    what makes you think he’s an average defender?

  • jarrett

    Tyreke Evans is better

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/6039/lebron-james-has-a-post-game nbk

    Kobe put up, 20, 39, 25, 26, against Monta Last Season.
    Kevin put up 28, 29, 30 against Monta Last Season.
    Manu put up 27, 12, 20, 28 – And never played more then 31 minutes against him.

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    And I’m sure I can grab more SG’s and other Wing players who performed above their season average against MOnta Ellis.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/6039/lebron-james-has-a-post-game nbk

    That last one from Kevin Durant is supposed to say 39* my bad

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Eric Gordon > Kevin Martin.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Ben Gordon > Kevin Martin

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Eric Gordon > Kevin Martin > Ben Gordon.

  • IDOT

    EG has been underrated for a minute. I still feel the Clippers are his team. As much as I hate undersize backcourts, Eric Gordon and Bledsoe played good together last year when Baron Davis was injuried and when Baron got traded. I like Eric Gordon and Eric Bledsoe in the backcourt than Mo Williams.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Commissioner Gordon > Kevin Martin

  • davidR

    nbk, i knew you’d post stats. like i said, you don’t actually watch the games. monta wasn’t actually matched up against durant last year, so i tricked you with that just to see what you’d say. he actually was matched up against him the year before, when don nelson was still coach (because nellie knew how to fully maximize monta’s capabilities). why don’t you check kevin’s numbers against monta in 09-10?

  • davidR

    and if you really did watch warrior basketball, you’d see that the warrior guards had numbers put up against them because teams would work inside out. the warriors had terrible defenders in the post, which forced the warrior guards to help, which opened up a lot of space for the opposing teams guards to shoot or drive

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The Warriors as a whole are terrible defensively. Below average defenders at every starting position except Small Forward. Anyway for your entertainment I’ll show you that Durant destroyed Monta Ellis 2 years ago (if he did guard him every game) – Game 1 Durant had 28. Game 2 Durant had 45. Game 3 Durant had 29. Game 4 Durant had 40. And you didn’t trick anything, I never claimed to watch 82 Warriors games last season, but I did watch plenty. And went too both in Phoenix as well.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Oh and the preseason game in Phoenix. (When if I’m honest, the Warriors offense looked its best, because they were running things through David Lee on the high post, instead of letting Monta drive to the hoop every possession.)

  • davidR

    so 28 points on 9-24 shooting is destroying your defender?

  • davidR

    granted monta got smoked the second game. fine, durant was the scoring champ that year. game 3, durant: 29 points on 7-21. game 4, i was at that game. nellie tried putting anthony tolliver on durant in the first half, and durant was on fire, missing only 1 shot and dropping ~28. second half comes around, and nellie switches monta back on durant. durant proceeds to make only 2 shots for the rest of the game, becoming a virtual non factor.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    45 points on 16 of 21 shooting is.

  • http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2011/05/15/my-4th-annual-nba-no-defense-team-al-jefferson-monta-ellis-kobe-bryant-and-more/ nbk

    Monta Ellis, Warriors. Ellis was looking halfway decent on the defensive peripherals at mid-season, with his usual two or three markedly good D efforts per month tossed in… then everything spun back down to his usual poor stat-pack.

    (His offense, however, was very good all year, if you are prepared to discount his turnovers and all those missed shots. I don’t always.)

    Now, as I’ve said repeatedly, I blame much of the defensive retrograde on Ellis playing out of position on defense–with Stephen Curry alongside, Ellis has to defend the 2-guard, which Ellis doesn’t always love to do.

    He is not physically able to go up for long minutes against big wings and often just gives up early on when things go awry in the match-up (go back and check the tape on Ellis vs. Grant Hill in the Phoenix games).

    But bad is bad, unfocused is unfocused, and there’s no doubt Ellis could just as likely be giving up big numbers if he was defending the PG regularly, too.

    The fact of the matter is that the Warriors were at their worst defensively this season when Ellis was on the floor–they gave up 6.4 points more per 100 possessions with Ellis playing, worse than with David Lee, much worse than with Stephen Curry.

    Last snapshot: Like Stoudemire, Ellis’ offensive talents are prodigious, but he ended up as a -232 in the plus/minus, worse than any Warrior except Biedrins (-234).

    Curry was -15 on the season. The Warriors were slightly worse defensively when Curry was on the floor than when he was out. They were much worse defensively when Ellis played.

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    Click my name for the source

  • http://nba-point-forward.si.com/2011/06/22/ellis-defense-is-red-flag-for-interested-teams/ nbk

    And another article talking about how terrible Monta Ellis is defensively. Click my name.

  • http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2011/05/15/my-4th-annual-nba-no-defense-team-al-jefferson-monta-ellis-kobe-bryant-and-more/ nbk

    I watched a lot of Warriors games,and have been watching them for years. I am not confused about whether or not Ellis is a good defender, I know he isn’t. Would that be different if he played in a situation where he could guard the opposing teams PG? IMO, yes, overwhelmingly. But he is a SG and still plays on the Warriors. He is at best, a decent defender. At best.

  • davidR

    sure, game 2 monta got smoked. remember, it’s the scoring champ. but when durant plays 4 games against monta, and shoots a significantly lower fg% against monta, doesn’t that mean monta got the better of him?

  • davidR

    while i’m not a fan of stats, i won’t discount them. that article doesn’t tell the whole story. of course the team is better stat wise when monta is off the floor. monta plays the most minutes on the team (and in the league). he’s going to rack up all the good and bad stats, especially because the team cannot afford to take him out. in other words, he’s stuck on the floor even when the terrible warrior second unit comes in.
    what do you think is gonna happen to your stats when you have to play extended minutes with radmonivic, gadzuric, acie law, an injured andris biedrins, reggie williams, rodney carney, lou amundson?

  • davidR

    anyway, i’ve gotta run so we’ll agree to disagree. i know where i stand regarding his capabilities, especially on defense. if you don’t think he’s a good defender, fine. you’ll probably pull up more numbers and +/-’s, and i’m not a fan of those at all.
    if you consider him a decent defender, great.
    if anything, we can discuss monta whenever he shows up on this list

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Sounds good slamily

  • EJFANRS

    I would have thought Eric Gordon would have been in the top 25. He was in the top 10 in scoring for much of the 2010-11 NBA season until he broke his shooting wrist. He ended the season as the 12th best scorer in the league. I think he deserves a higher ranking than Joe Johnson, Manu Ginobili, and any of the other shooting guards NOT named Kobe or Wade.

  • reald1

    SHOULD BE HIGHER DONT CARE WHAT NO ONE SAYS

  • Youngindy21

    He is a a top 15-20 player already. Maybe even higher than that and these guys put him at 36. SMH. That is Ridiculous. I am not sure I can take these rankings seriously after you put Eric Gordon at 36.

  • el_larsen

    he ll explode next season!allstargame,mip, playoffs ,
    and the man is also clutch!!

  • Ronald

    Sure. The clippers have the 3rd best SG in the L with a top5 PF in Blake Hriffin. And they didn’t make the playoffs. Please.

  • http://theillness.bandcamp.com/ EyeScream

    I’ve watched Gordon since he was a rookie, and felt like he was slightly under-rated that year. To be fair, he’s in the same rookie class as Rose and Westbrook, but I feel like the argument could be made now that Gordon has the talent and potential to be the 2nd best player in that entire draft (better shooter and defender already than than Westbrook). But I feel like #36 is just about right for young Eric- he was fantastic when he played last year, but being hit with injury last year he has yet to prove that he can sustain that excellence. I think as soon as next year he can crack that top-20 tier, but for right now he’s where he should be.

    The Mitch Richmond comparison makes sense for a career trajectory, and not reaching true “superstar” status is just fine as long as he stays with the Clips Remember, they also have that other guy who already is a genuine star. Having a potential multiple all-star in Eric Gordon being your second option is not a bad place for LA’s stepchild team to be.

  • AirForceONE

    Eric Gordon at 36!? He should have been in the top 30! He broke his shooting wrist and still managed to score 22.3 points per game and dish out 4.4 assists. This guy is so underrated it isn’t even funny. Top 5 shooting guard in the NBA last season for sure. Give Eric EJ Gordon some love!

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