After missing 73 games in the 2011-2012 season and 40 in the 2012-2013 season, New Orleans Pelicans’ guard Eric Gordon only missed 18 games last season. As he attempts to once again become the type of player he was earlier in his career, he is working on one skill in particular.
“That’s what I’ve really been working on, explosiveness to the rim, trying to beat people (off the dribble),” Gordon told Pelicans.com. “I don’t think I was very consistent, because with all of the injuries, it would slow me down at times, because I would be so hesitant to make a move or even explode to the basket at times. It’s always good to have that mentality where you can beat people off the dribble without even thinking about that injury, just having that mindset that you’re unguardable… Each season’s been getting better the past two or three years. This year has been well because I’ve actually been able to work out as hard and as long as I want to, during the summer. So it’s been a lot better.”
Gordon averaged 15.4 points, 3.3 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 43.6% from the floor, 39.1% from three and 78.5% from the charity stripe last season. Gordon was the seventh-overall pick in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Lo Angeles Clippers. He was dealt to the Pelicans (then-Hornets) after the 2010-2011 season in the Chris Paul trade. In his six-year career, he’s put up 17.5 points, 3.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 44.2% from the field, 39.1% from beyond the arc and 80.9% from the free throw line.
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