How Eric Gordon saved his trade value: Less is more
Even as Eric Gordon continued to miss threes over the previous two seasons he showed no inclination of reigning in his shot selection. Over his first five seasons in Houston, Gordon averaged between 10.7 and 9.6 3-point attempts per 36 minutes. This season, he’s chucking up 5.7 3-pointers per 36 minutes. By cutting his attempts down by nearly 45-percent, he has seen his efficiency go from good to elite.
The saying, “you miss 100-percent of the shots you don’t take,” is great life advice about following your dreams. However, when you’re in the NBA it is not always the best advice. Gordon made the right choice by reigning in the 3-point attempts, and with his newfound efficiency, maybe he should start cutting loose a bit more.
How Eric Gordon saved his trade value: He was never as bad as people thought
While Gordon shooting 32.2-percent from 3-point range over the previous two seasons sounds bad, it needs to be remembered that he only played in 63 games. In reality, Gordon had one bad shooting season spread over two.
In both seasons, he battled through injuries and rosters that were constantly in flux. His performances were poor but there were two significant reasons to expect his production to dip.
This season, Gordon looks healthy and knows his role on the team. Clarity has always made shooting easier.