Rockets News

Houston Rockets: Eric Gordon keeps raising his trade value

Jose Rohdin
Houston Rockets v Charlotte Hornets
Houston Rockets v Charlotte Hornets / Jacob Kupferman/GettyImages
facebooktwitterreddit
1 of 2

At 33 years old, Eric Gordon has been one of the Houston Rockets' best players this season. In the two previous seasons, Gordon struggled to stay healthy, which led to the drop of his trade value. But this season, he has proven to the NBA that he still has some left in the tank and could be one of the best trade values for the Rockets or a team that wants a scoring shooting guard. 

Gordon has averaged 14.6 points on 10.5 shots per game this season and is shooting 45% from three on 5.2 attempts. Gordon has the fifth-best three-point shooting percentage in the league. He is the Rockets' third-leading scorer on 31 appearances and 20 games off the bench for 29.4 minutes. 

Before the season, Gordon’s trade value might have been at an all-time low. In the two previous seasons, he had combined for just 63 games, missing many games due to injury. Even when he did play, he wasn’t nearly as efficient as he has been this season. Gordon was averaging 15.9 points on 13.2 shot attempts and shooting 32% from three on 8.1 attempts. His inconsistent play, not his inability to stay healthy, was the biggest reason for his trade stock to plummet. 

Gordon can still be a defensive liability, posting a 119 defensive rating per 100 possessions this season. However, it's unlikely that a team would trade for him for his defensive work over what he can offer on the offensive side of the ball. 

Throughout his career, 85% of Gordon’s three-point attempts have been off an assist, which he converts 37% of the time. This season, due to the Rockets' youth and injuries in the backcourt, he has started to show off his ability to create space with the ball. Only 68% of Gordon's three-point attempts have come off an assist, which is the lowest of his career when he has played over 500 minutes in a season. 

facebooktwitterreddit