At RealGM, a look at why Eric Gordon will soon be a household name:
Eric Gordon, after playing in relative anonymity for the Los Angeles Clippers for three seasons, is still only 22, the same age as Jimmer Fredette. He’s the best young shooting guard in the NBA, but because he has never been in the national spotlight, his reputation has yet to catch up with his game.
And while Griffin earned every bit of the praise he received, Gordon is an equally important part of the Clippers future. He’s undersized for a shooting guard at 6’3 220, but he makes up for his lack of height with a 6’9 wingspan and a 40 inch vertical. He has the quickness and length to be an excellent defender at both guard positions, and he earned raves for his defense during the tryouts for the 2010 World Championships.
Offensively, he has all the tools. He’s the rare great shooter, with career averages of 81% from the line and 37.5% from beyond the arc, who is just as comfortable taking the ball to the hole. Thirty percent of his shots came inside the paint last season, an excellent number for a 6’3 guard. Nor, as his 26.6 usage rating indicates, was he simply a product of the defensive attention Griffin drew.