After struggling with his shot to begin the year, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year seems to have found it.
Eric Gordon has had a very interesting season. For the first part of it, while Chris Paul was injured, EG exploded out of the gates and was averaging near 25 points per game. He has regressed a bit since CP3 came back, however.
His 3-point shot, even when he was scoring more, was never quite there this season. Gordon is known for his long-range shooting and that was a dangerous weapon off the bench last year for the Rockets. This year, though, he was shooting under 30% from deep for much of it.
Here comes Eric Gordon
You just knew EG couldn’t be held in check for very long. Over his past five games, he has absolutely lit it up from 3-point land, shooting 51.2% from there (20/39). Is the Sixth Man of the Year back?
It was all topped off by a wonderful performance last night against the Jazz. Gordon put up 33 points and a career-high 7 makes from deep. He shot 7/12 overall from 3 and even had a streak where he hit 3 in a row to give the Rockets the lead.
His added production would be welcomed to the Rockets. They are currently on a 14-game winning streak and don’t seem to be slowing down.
Can he still bring home the Sixth Man award?
Bringing home the Sixth Man of the Year award two consecutive seasons would put Eric Gordon in some very special company. Since the award was introduced in 1982, only 2 players have won it in back-to-back years: Kevin McHale and Detlef Schrempf. Not bad company to be in, right?
Gordon should definitely be eligible for the award barring any injuries. To be eligible, you must come off the bench in more games than you start. He has already done that, starting 13 games and coming off the bench for 14.
EG is certainly playing well enough, especially if his 3-point shot improves. He is averaging more points per game than last season with a higher overall shooting percentage. His 3-point percentage has risen to 34% after a rough start to the season.
In short, Eric Gordon should definitely be able to repeat as Sixth Man of the Year.
How about Eric Gordon last night? Career high in 3s made and shot 7/12 overall from behind the arc. His 17 points in the 4th helped lead the #Rockets to victory.
What do you think, Red Nation, is his shot back and here to stay? pic.twitter.com/c9v8qGf2GN
— Space City Scoop (@SpaceCity_Scoop) December 19, 2017