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Ben Gordon Shows Charlotte Bobcats He Can Still Light Up Scoreboard

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Ben Gordon is obviously auditioning for a new NBA team, and he’s not doing a bad job of it so far.

The Charlotte Bobcats veteran has had a disappointing year with this team and is constantly being mentioned in trade rumors. It’s likely he won’t be in Charlotte next season, but anyone looking for an instant scoring machine may want to give Gordon a serious look.

The Bobcats lost 105-96 to the Brooklyn Nets Saturday night, but Gordon helped make it a close game with one of his best performances in awhile. He saw action for just more than 28 minutes and was 8-of-16 from the floor, 6-of-11 in 3-pointers and 5-of-6 in free throws for 27 points, plus four rebounds and two assists.

His five turnovers wasn’t a stat to brag about, but he still had a major scoring night. It matched his season-high from Jan. 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Gordon, who came to the Bobcats from the Detroit Pistons during the offseason, is averaging 11.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, but he has not hit for 20 points or more in three months.

That’s why his 27-point performance for the Bobcats was a pleasant surprise. It may not be enough to keep him in Charlotte, but he’s likely to have a job next season with a team that will use Gordon off the bench to provide a sudden surge of points.

He could even still be a starter. Gordon has a lot of talent, and an NBA team thinking it’s a player away from being a championship team should pick him up.