Over the start of January, it really looked like the New Orleans Pelicans might fade into oblivion for the remainder of the 2013-14 NBA season. To start the month they won just one of their first 10 games, including an eight-game losing streak that they played quite poorly during.
It’s hard to fault the Pelicans for their struggles. Without starting point guard Jrue Holiday and Sixth Man of the Year candidate Ryan Anderson in the lineup due to injuries, it’s hard to expect this team to succeed and even sniff the postseason. However, their last four games have held a bit more success.
New Orleans has won three of their last four games as of right now, though only one of those wins was against a possible playoff team. Over their last four, Anthony Davis has been fantastic, but oft-injured guard Eric Gordon has also been a key contributor. Even with what he’s been giving this team, though, Gordon believes he can still bring more to the table.
In a recent interview from ESPN, Gordon said that he still thinks he “can do more” to help this Pelicans team more. Gordon has been the talk of rampant trade speculation lately with the NBA Trade Deadline approaching, but he said that he’s focused on his team right now and how he can help them win.
Gordon has been able to stay on the floor this season and has been a solid performer. In 40 games, he’s averaging 15.9 points, 3.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 43.8 percent from the floor and an even 40 percent from three. While he’s been solid, Gordon has shown over his injury-riddled career that he’s capable of being better and now is certainly the time for that.
Davis has been a rock for this Pelicans team since the injuries to Holiday and Anderson, but Gordon has been inconsistent. At this juncture in the season, he has to step upp and be more of a leader in terms of letting his performance do the talking. If he’s going to be dealt, it will boost his trade value. If he’s not, he could possibly make this Pelicans team a challenger for a low seed in the playoffs. We’ll see what he does, how it affects him, and where he ultimately ends up in the coming weeks.