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Clippersfan86
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I seriously continue to be impressed by Gordon and wanted to post about it. I already have been saying he's our future franchise player all year. My reason is because when i saw him even in summer league he was really explosive and determined. It was obvious how easily he can drive even on good defenders. Then i saw him drain a couple back to back 3's from about 27-28 feet and i was sold. This 21 point game tonight is really showing his consistency. I really admire his work ethic and fearless play style also. His defense is incredibly good for a rookie. His shooting percentages are pretty damn nice too from everywhere on the floor. Seems like the last 10 games or so he's putting up 16-25 every night. You guys think we will resign him? Or screw up and let him walk?

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Awwwww man. But I wish we got Bayless. Bayless is Summer League MVP!! He's averaging 2 points per game in garbage minutes now!! DAMN I really wish we had him instead of Gordon.

All joking aside, Eric Gordon has surprised me on both ends of the court. Is there something he is weak in? He can score in every way, he can play defense, block shots, and get steals. This guy is the complete package at the fresh age of 20, which he only became about 2 weeks ago.

We have ourselves an NBA player.

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i want him to have a game where he just explodes for like 40+ points that would just make me happier then anything this season could bring.

Just want to see the kid shine

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for some reason, "explode" isn't something i can see cool-pants Gordon doing...

maybe he can calmly precipitate 40+ ?

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I'm guessing you haven't seen him in high school and college?

Any one of these days, Gordon is just going to say "screw it, screw Dunleavy's system, screw being a role player, I have too much talent to waste it this way" and he's gona explode for 40+. I have no doubt in my mind he can.

It shows alot of maturity that he's shown this much patience this season. But I bet he has alot of emotion inside of him and wants to unleash it all.

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TheCalmInsanity wrote:
NUMB3RFIFTY wrote:
for some reason, "explode" isn't something i can see cool-pants Gordon doing...

maybe he can calmly precipitate 40+ ?

I'm guessing you haven't seen him in high school and college?

Any one of these days, Gordon is just going to say "screw it, screw Dunleavy's system, screw being a role player, I have too much talent to waste it this way" and he's gona explode for 40+. I have no doubt in my mind he can.

It shows alot of maturity that he's shown this much patience this season. But I bet he has alot of emotion inside of him and wants to unleash it all.

I'm just saying that his demeanor is so cool, i cant see him getting fired up after stepping on a nail, much less spontaneously combusting into a 40+ point game lol

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Oh that's true. But he DOES demand the ball when he's on fire, I've seen that before. He just doesn't, scream with emotion like some other players do when they make a big play.

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Number you won't know he's fired up but recently he's already ignited some runs in the 4th when we were down big with his big shooting. I agree exactly with Calm insanity. He has no glaring weaknesses as a player. Dunleavy just needs to quit dicking around and call more plays for him. I'm serious about the guy averaging 25-30 within the next 3 years. Even next year he can be good for 18-20 ppg if we call plays for him more often. Unlike Thornton, Gordon has no range limitations and can score in many ways. He also shoots a better percentage to begin with. Gordon is scoring without the plays being called for him... Imagine when he's our go to guy? It's gonna be scary. Dunleavy is stubborn but not stupid. He will realize Gordon is our future and fight to get him re signed. Of course assuming he still has a job with us.

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Without Boom Fizzle hogging the ball, I can easily see EJ go for at least 35 one of these nights.

Clippersfan86
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Haha love the nickname Boom Fizzle. Very funny. Honestly I'm real glad I'm not just biased and blind and we are all started to really love Gordon. If he walks away and doesn't re-sign it will be a very sad day for all of us.

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TheCalmInsanity wrote:
NUMB3RFIFTY wrote:
for some reason, "explode" isn't something i can see cool-pants Gordon doing...

maybe he can calmly precipitate 40+ ?

I'm guessing you haven't seen him in high school and college?

Any one of these days, Gordon is just going to say "screw it, screw Dunleavy's system, screw being a role player, I have too much talent to waste it this way" and he's gona explode for 40+. I have no doubt in my mind he can.

It shows alot of maturity that he's shown this much patience this season. But I bet he has alot of emotion inside of him and wants to unleash it all.

When that happens I see EG on another team let's not forget Eg's ego I doubt he has the patience to stay with a losing effort and not being a 1st or 2nd option on a consistent basis. Once Z-Bo gets back he will be the first option and if Baron or Al get the ball it stops so they are the second and third options.

If you stated right now Al Thorton and Eric Gordon contracts are up right now with no team option I would bet money we had a much better chance of keeping Al.

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how do you know that he will leave icecold? Are you inside his mind? From the interviews I have seen he doesnt seem like the kind of person who would just ditch a team but thats just my take.

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It would seem logical that the team will exercise their team options. After that, the players can either be extended or they may choose restricted free agency. Since Dunleavy has gotten here, the team has shown they are willing to match player offer sheets (Brand with Miami, Maggette with the Jazz) and negotiate extentions (Chris Kaman). If Gordon and Thornton continue to improve over time, they may well be extended. If they choose RFA, the team may still match offers.

Right now, Thorton strikes me as a mid-level player. Gordon could eventually work himself into Maggette money (but worth it).

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Gordon is getting love from the league too.

http://www.nba.com/2008/news/features/d ... index.html

Ranked 6th above some pretty big names? That's a decent compliment from a source that usually doesn't like us very much.

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What really stands out about EJ to me is that he carries himself very well for a rookie. Whether he makes a long distance three, makes a spectacular dunk over someone, gets called for a charge on a 2-on-1 fastbreak, carries the ball for a turnover, or makes a bad defensive play...he keeps his composure and doesn't let his emotions show too much with his facial expressions.

I think this defining trait is great for the team because even if we are losing (which we usually are) it doesn't show on his face, and promotes that never give up attitude.

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Here is ESPN's top 50 rookies. Gordon isn't even rated in the top 20! (I can't see more than that cause I'm not an "insider")

http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/players/ ... %26set%3d0

OK, this is absurd! He ranks below JaVale McGee and Kosta Koufus!

Anyway, I'm liking Gordon ... main reason: He's the guy you can depend on to hit open jumpers (2s and 3s). We haven't had that reliable shooter since Pike. His strength inside, good cuts, and composure are all icing on the cake for me.

I'm not worried about Gordon leaving. He's locked up until 2012. Alot can happen (good and bad) in 3-and-a-half years, so it's not worth sweating about.

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Very good analysis, I think I agree with your point the most. We have him locked up till 2012 and who knows, we could have a winning season by that point.

Plus, money talks.

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31 pts, 9-21 FG, 1-3 from downtown, 12-12 FTs , 2 rebs, 3 ast, 1 stl.

He was poised all game long, and especially at the end. He willingly took the offense on his shoulders, didn't just rely on the outside shot, made clutch free throws, and went strong to the hole against the Pistons D.

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Yea he's not far from breaking that 39 point Clipper rookie record is he??? ; ). He is gonna wreck some people next year. I don't know if we have ever seen such a deadly scorer maybe ever. I say this because his range is unlimited and his 3 point shot is nuts. Then you factor his Dwayne Wade slashing skills. Even Kobe isn't that versatile of a scorer, and he's the best scorer in the game. It's so rare to be both a shooter and slasher. Usually players are either slashers or shooters.

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John Hollinger predicted Gordon wont even make the Rookie/Soph game roster.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/columns/s ... ons-090107

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Maybe he can grab that last spot. He has to be in it.

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Hollinger doesn't know anything. Don't worry about him.

Eric Gordon is possibly the 3rd best rookie right now. In the last 8 games he's averaging something like 26 ppg.

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Right now this team is so bad Hollinger looks like a genius. Sad

EG will make the team might come off the bench for O.J but he will be in. Be interesting if we get any EG vs Al moments wonder if there is a little competetive tension going on there.

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Unfortunately it's not hard to see why Hollinger has Gordon off the rookie team. First off, it's only nine guys and if you look at the players he's got going, six of them are locks, ie Rose, Oden, Mayo, Beasley, Westbrook, and Lopez. And it's not like Fernandez, Gasol and Mbah a Moute have played badly, believe me, their forums are just as adamant about their going as we are about Eric. Gordon is caught in the same conundrum that Al was last year... he didn't play enough early to make the good impression. When you look at his averages, his spectacular recent numbers are reduced to ho-hum status by his early non production. Not his fault we know, he didn't get the court time at the start of the season, but unless the decision makers weigh heavily the past month instead of the over-all performance, he's probably out. Just like Al was. Personally I think that even looking at the over-all numbers he should go in front of Fernandez, but that's just me. Mbah a Moute only gets about 8 points a game, but has been a beast on "d", he actually does deserve to go, and Gasol... well he's played pretty well too, but even looking at the whole year it's a coin toss with him or Eric. Don't get mad at me, I know how good Eric is (maybe not quite as good as Clippersfan86 thinks, but damn good) and he DOES deserve to make ANY best rookie squad... but it's very possible that Hollinger is right and that he won't. In fact, Gordon should not only be on that team, he should probably be in the three point contest. I really hope that Eric DOES make the squad, but it won't be a huge surprise if he doesn't. Ah well, Al will make the sophomore team, so that's something. It's not like the Clippers usually get much in the way of recognition is it? It's up to players like Gordon and Thornton to eventually change that!

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Hold it now, it's only been less than 1/2 a season. The guy has been lights out

but lets wait before we start putting him as possibly the best ever. A lot of us were saying the same thing about Thornton and that prediction has since taken a turn for the worst.

Kobe was a slasher in his early days but since, he has limited his skills to a shooter w/a rare slash here and there. Kobe was and is the real deal.

I understand your enthusiasm for the kid and I am on board as well but I won't go as far as saying possibly the best ever...not yet anyway.

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He should be 3rd in the rookie rankings this week, ESPN is full of it, he should be higher, he has been averaging the most this last week and shooting better than any other rookie so he should be higher

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http://www.nba.com/rookies/

Finally he's getting some love. Up to number 4 in the NBA.com rankings.

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^ Best excerpt from the article:

Haha, a Travis Best comparison.

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Guys! If hes breaks 30 points this game he will break Allen Iversons record for consecutive 30 point games! Common gordon drop 30 tonight!

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A miracle happened this morning- i went to the NBA page at espn.com, and the top NBA story in the daily dime was about eric gordon. they even had a picture of him on the front page of the NBA section. This is the first time espn has mentioned anything positive about the clippers in a long time. eric gordon might be the savior of this franchise if he keeps getting better.

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I never said he was the best ever Joe. I said he's possibly the most versatile scorer in the league when you factor in his range AND slashing abilities. I also said he will probably lead the league in scoring eventually. Imagine when he has the time to refine his offense that Kobe has??? Are you kidding me!? Even Wade and Kobe didn't score so efficiently from all over the floor in their first few years.

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Thorpe still has Gordon at 15. -_-

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BS!! like usual

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yeah thorpe makes me mad by his comment about how gordon would be higher but he bases his rankings on the entire season. yet, guys like westbrook, who have also come on strong as of late, can jump way up to the 2 spot. i think if EJ keeps showing what he can do, he will continue to rise.

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