2. Eric Gordon
While Robert Covington has certainly had an impressive start with the Houston Rockets, it’s likely Daryl Morey was talking about Eric Gordon when it comes to the team’s third star. Gordon has averaged 16.5 points per game in his 3.5 seasons with the club, earning the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award in his first year.
EG has been one of the Rockets’ primary offensive weapons throughout his time on the team, given his sharpshooting ability combined with his ability to drive the ball. The only thing that gives me pause regarding him being Clutch City’s third star as of now has to do with the season he’s having.
It’s no secret that injuries mix with poor shooting has led to this being one of Gordon’s worst seasons in the NBA. His 31.9 percent shooting from the outside is the worst he’s shot since he played in just nine games in 2011-12, and his overall field goal percentage of 37 is the worst in his career.
Still, Gordon’s past successes with the team clearly outweigh his recent struggles, especially considering he’s only been able to play in 34 of the Rockets’ 64 games this season. As he showed by dropping 50 in Salt Lake City, Eric is still more than capable of becoming E-Money once again at a moment’s notice.
While for now it’s unclear who exactly Morey believes is the team’s third star, just the fact that the Rockets have multiple candidates bodes well going forward.