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Charlotte Bobcats Need Ben Gordon To Snap Out Of Shooting Slump

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Gordon hasn’t been doing much lately to make himself an attractive commodity for any NBA team next season.

Gordon continues to get bogged down in a late-season slump for the Charlotte Bobcats. In the team’s 105-88 loss Saturday to the Boston Celtics, Gordon couldn’t find the touch coming in from off  the bench, missing 7 of his 11 shots on the night. For seven straight games, he’s been shooting 40 percent or less from the field.

He was 4-of-11 and had only eight points. He dished out three assists but negated that stat with four turnovers.

Gordon was also below 40 percent against the Celtics earlier in the week when he scored 17 points so he still has plenty of value to Charlotte or whichever team he lands with next season.

But his declining shooting percentage continues to be a source of concern.

For the season, Gordon is at 41.2 percent from the floor and 39.1 percent in 3-pointers. His career marks are 43.4 percent from the floor and 40.4 percent in threes. His 16.1 career scoring average is at 12.1 for this season. Halfway through the season, he was a solid player for the Bobcats. Things have changed.

Gordon still has talent to give, but he needs to correct his current slump in a hurry. The Bobcats, at 14-52, will struggle to get to 20 wins, especially if Gordon can’t find his touch very soon. An eight-year veteran, Gordon also has two much experience under his belt to throw pressure on the younger players. The Bobcats are looking for a leader off the bench and Gordon needs to deliver.