Eric Gordon is the final holdover from the Houston Rockets’ recent glory days. After signing with the franchise in the summer of 2016, Gordon quickly established himself as a key contributor to some of the best Rockets teams in history and rewarded their faith by winning the 2016-17 Sixth Man of the Year in his first season. Over his first four seasons in Houston, he proved to be one of the best high-volume 3-point shooters in the league as the franchise won 68.2% of their games.
However, beginning in 2019, Gordon and the Rockets began to fall on hard times. His play fell off a cliff and the James Harden era, unbeknownst to the public, was beginning to unravel. With Harden gone quickly into the 2020-21 season, Gordon continued to struggle and his NBA fate looked far from certain.
The three years and $41 million remaining of guaranteed money left on his deal would keep him a wealthy man, but he looked like a worthy candidate for the dreaded title of “Worst Contract in the League.” Then the 2021-22 season began, and Gordon was reborn. This is his season in review.