Return of Ben Gordon Trivial to Charlotte Bobcats

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When the Charlotte Bobcats were still doing things like winning games in the NBA, Ben Gordon was an integral part of their team. He seemed to be revitalized and like he wanted to be relevant again.

In the month of November, Gordon averaged 13.9 points and 2.8 assists per contest while playing only 24.5 minutes per game. More important than that, Gordon was shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 45 percent from downtown. Both of those things were vital to the Bobcats’ early success.

As December rolled around, Gordon began to falter, playing less minutes, putting up lower stat-lines and his shooting percentages dropped down to mediocre-levels. Then Gordon injured his knee causing him to miss three games.

In those three games, the Bobcats struggled to make shots from three-point-land and continued to add to their losing streak.

So, when Gordon returned last night against the Brooklyn Nets, the hope was that he would be able to spark Charlotte’s offense off the bench. That didn’t happen, though.

Gordon struggled in the 20 minutes he played last night, scoring only ten points and garnering only one assist. Beyond that, he shot only 30 percent from the field and missed both of his attempts from long-range.

For a team that has struggled with offensive efficiency, Gordon has to shoot better than 30 percent from the field if he wants to maintain a consistent role. And if he really wants a role for Charlotte, he needs to start knocking down threes like he was at the beginning of the season.

If he continues to play at a mediocre-to-subpar level, though, he shouldn’t be a part of this team. Sure, he’s a veteran on a young team, but if he’s not producing or helping the team, then what exactly is the point of keeping him on the floor?

Gordon’s early-season numbers appear like they were him catching lightning in a bottle rather than a performance that’s sustainable. If that’s really the case, the Bobcats should either start playing him less or look to trade him.

Both trading him and benching him would be a bold statement and a step in the right direction for the Bobcats if he’s not helping the team. For a team that’s struggling to make anything besides bad news, that wouldn’t be the worst thing.

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