This player for the Rockets won the NBA’s most prestigious bench award.
Eric Gordon has done it. He has won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award. He is definitely deserving of the award due to being arguably the second best player on the third best team in the league this season. Gordon led the second unit of the Rockets all season long and helped the team finish with the fifth-best bench scoring bench in the league.
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He won the award over his teammate Lou Williams and NBA Champion Andre Iguodala. While both of those players are great, Gordon stands out from them. Lou Williams actually averaged more points per game than everyone else on the list, but the fact that he was traded to Houston halfway through the season probably preventing him from winning. As for Iggy, he is a fantastic player for the Warriors but did not do enough to win the award.
Eric Gordon’s 3-point shooting was a serious weapon off the bench for the Rockets. For much of the season, he led the league in 3s made and had a great percentage. He took home the 3 Point Contest trophy at the All-Star break as well. He improved his defense this season, which he was not really known for previously. Gordon stayed healthy for most of the year, opposite of how he has been over the other years.
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Gordon’s average of 16.2 points on 37% shooting from 3 was enough for him to win the award. The sharpshooter has found a home in Houston, finally a place where he fits perfectly. Hopefully, he can stay with the team for years to come.
Finally, Red Nation, let’s give a big congrats to Eric Gordon! Due to his contributions, the Rockets finished with the most 3-pointers of all-time in a season.
*Stats via Basketball-Reference*