Charlotte Bobcats 2013 Player Profile: Ben Gordon

By John Raffel
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Ben Gordon, despite his shooting talents, didn’t seem to blend in appropriately for the Charlotte Bobcats last season in their struggles to a 21-61 NBA record.

It’s hard to say whether he will this year although he does have the talent to evolve into a solid role player from off the bench.

Gordon came to the Bobcats after three disappointing seasons with the Detroit Pistons. With Charlotte, he averaged 11.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game but didn’t get along with coach Mike Dunlap and saw limited action. He played in 75 games but didn’t see any starts. He was 40.8 percent from the floor, 38.7 percent from the three-point area and 84.3 percent in free throws. He remains a very capable scorer whenever he’s on the court. He’s a 40 percent shooter from the three-point area.

He wouldn’t mind recapturing his explosive scoring days with the Chicago Bulls before he went to Detroit. New Charlotte coach Steve Clifford has said that Gordon needs to recapture his glory days if the Bobcats are to have a more successful season. The Bobcats are hoping that Al Jefferson being in the lower post should take more attention away from Gordon and give him a chance to do his thing.

He averaged 20.7 points per game in his last season with the Bulls.

But the Bobcats will get as much out of him as they possibly can before perhaps offering him to a contender prior to trade deadline and picking up some additional draft picks. In many regards, Gordon will have an impact on the Bobcats in a positive way this season.


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