Despite the Clippers' rusty season, rookie guard Eric Gordon remains adroit on the court.
In the first 13 games of the season, Gordon averaged 4.5 minutes per game but on November 24, Gordon found himself in the starting line-up, He played 36 minutes in his debut and was the team's leading scorer that night, with 25 points against the New Orleans Hornets.
Since then, Gordon has posted monster numbers and was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month in January, becoming the second Clippers rookie to receive the award since Shawn Livingston in April 2005. Gordon also had a season high of 41 points against Oklahoma on January 23, breaking the record for most points scored by a Clippers rookie beating out Al Thornton's 39- point performance on March 29, 2008.
If Clipper fans didn't know Gordon at the beginning of the season, he's no stranger to the Clipper Nation now. Sure, the team has superstars in Baron Davis, Zach Randolph and Thornton, but the low-key rookie from Indiana is making it hard on his opponents when he's in the game.
Gordon's father, Eric Gordon Sr., also played basketball for Liberty University. Back when the uniform shorts were a bit shorter. That's where he gets his style of basketball.
With Gordon being the quietest Clipper in the locker room, it was surprising when he struck a match back in December when he told the Indianapolis Star that his teammates' drug use at Indiana ruined his season last year. But that controversy didn't seem to affect Gordon's game on the court.
He is beginning to make a name for himself – averaging 15 points – and with scoring double figures in 28 consecutive games, any organization should believe he might be able to carry a team by himself two to three years down the road.
Gordon earned a spot in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge during All-Star Weekend in Phoenix, beating out Kevin Love, who was drafted at number five while Gordon was drafted at number seven. He finished with 19 points and six rebounds.
"I'm just happy to be a part of All-Star weekend," he said afterwards.
Despite the Clippers' disappointing season, he still remains humble. After returning from All-Star break, the Clippers found out that the Phoenix Suns had rejuvenated and were back to the team they once were, running and gunning up and down the court. They served the Clippers in back to back games, scoring over 140 points in both meetings.
"It's tough, it's not like we're that bad, the Suns are really good." said Gordon. "They're more effective when running the ball."
At the end of the day, Gordon has no regrets of entering the NBA after only playing one year of college basketball. "I love the NBA style better than college and have no regrets on the decision I made," Gordon said. "It's tough, but it's the real thing now."