As the NBA off-season continues, all of the big news stories and free agency signings seem to be winding down. As someone who mostly writes about the NBA here at WTP, I need to find some way to get some content out. That brings us to what absolutely nobody asked for, but you’re getting it anyways! Welcome to Ty’s Top 50 NBA Players!
Every day for the next 50 days, I am going to be counting down a list of who I believe are the top 50 players in the NBA.
Houston Rockets’ sixth man, Eric Gordon, earns the #46 spot on the countdown. Gordon was drafted in 2008 by the Los Angeles Clippers with the seventh pick. Since then, Gordon has played a pivotal role, whether it’s starting or coming off the bench, averaging 16.7 PPG, 2.5 RPG, and 3.1 APG.
Gordon has bounced around a little ever since entering the league, playing for the Clippers, Hornets/Pelicans, and now the Rockets. He was a lock to start every game for both Los Angeles and New Orleans, but when Gordon signed with Houston, he had to embrace a new role. Gordon went from a consistent starter to a lethal sixth man and won the 2016-17 Sixth Man of the Year during his first season in Houston. That same season, Gordon won the 3-point contest, so it is safe to say that he won over the Houston crowd early on.
Last season, Gordon averaged 18.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, and 2.2 APG all while coming off the bench. He, Chris Paul, and James Harden showed how dangerous Houston’s back court is by dominating the NBA regular season and winning a league high 65 games last season. However, they eventually lost in seven games to the powerhouse Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
Gordon put himself on a team that is capable of contending for a title. Although he has never won an NBA championship, Gordon does know what it feels like to win some gold as he is a 2010 FIBA gold medalist. Who knows how Gordon’s role will change entering this season if the Rockets sign Carmelo Anthony, but it is safe to assume that he will pick up right where he left off being an offensive machine.
Photo: Sporting News
50. Terry Rozier
49. Andre Drummond
48. Jrue Holiday
47. Tobias Harris