Bledsoe and Gordon the Clipper Future at Point?

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Hey all,

More from last night's game:

Bledsoe and Gordon the Clipper Future at Point?

http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=17795

Gordon says he wants to gradually move over to pg to extend his career - use his size to his advantage instead of chasing taller wing players.

Thanks

Eric

Taylor
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I've already suggested this multiple times over the last couple years on this forum and everyone went nuts on me. But because you write up an article on it, I bet you get praise. But I'm called a lunatic or an idiot.

ClipfanSince88
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I'm glad that Gordon has aspirations of becoming a PG. I think he's right that it could make his career longer and more productive. But he has a long way to go. His handle is still nowhere near what it needs to be in order to be a good PG.

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No one called you an idiot, Taylor. You got that one right, though.

I still think he needs to work on his handles though. He knows how to b-line without losing the ball so far. I still haven't seen him dribble out of the paint, though. Until I see him penetrate the paint and dribble out, i think he has a ways to go.

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I agree that Gordon is our future PG. He definitely needs to work on his ball handling skills, he still dribbles it too high to much. However if he can convert he will be a mismatch for almost all PG's.

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Dude I've been calling for this since we drafted him. I actually jut wrote something on it too, check out my thread 2 year plan for the Clippers

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I'm one those that disagreed with the idea, though I'm pretty sure I called no one crazy or an idiot.

I have seen you lob insults at Pincus though, so it's a bit hypocritical. Whatever.

I'm still not completly sold on Gordon as PG. It's awesome that he got 11 assists the other night. But Ricky Davis and Fred Jones each had 10+ assist games with the Clippers; it didn't make them point guards.

But my main issue was forcing Gordon to play out of position. If it's Gordon that is trying to expand his repertoire, then I hope he can do it. It's kind of exciting to think that Gordon was the solution at PG all along. He's got the size to be a dominant one at that. Let's just hope, in terms of combo guards, he's more Brandon Roy and less Randy Foye.

*fingers crossed*

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...one game does not make him a pg.....his ball handling skills need mucho work and he can go fast..straight...but changing directions..going left/right seems to be a problem. but since we arn't going nowhere fast...give him a shot.

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Sure its only onegame, but this is one of just a few games where the offense was run through him. I'm almost certain he gets very few reps as a playmaker in practice, so one good game in a small sample size shows his potential as a point guard. Gordon has a strong work ethic, with work facilitating the offense, he will definitely improve. I don't think anybody is thinking that he's going to average 8 or more assists this year, there will definitey be a learning curve. But Gordon's combination of size, strength, and speed would be devastating for other teams point guards. I feel better about a player playing oversized at a position than playing undersized at a position.

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EJ is nowhere near being a top flight 1 in this league but with hard work and determination I'm sure he'd be semi-decent one day. E-Bled is about 2 seasons away from being effective but so far he's on the right track. I wouldn't label either of these guys the future but the potential is most def there.

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Why do we need a top flight PG? Why does Gordon need to be a super stud PG? D Wade, Kobe, Lebron and others around the league aren't natural PG's but bring the ball up the court and control the offense. I think that's what Gordon is looking to do.

You can tell from the games this season that he wants the ball in his hands and feels comfortable running the offense through his own hands. If the whole Bledsoe thing doesn't work out, then we'll have Eric to play when the Baron Era ends or we just bench him. Gordon will never be a ball handler like Rondo or Nash, but he can be very effective.

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While Gordon got 11 assists, Bledsoe only had 3 and he played more minutes. Bledsoe may be the PG of the future but he needs more seasoning to be able to lead a team. I think it is best to start Eric a PG, and bring Bledsoe off the bench. If we put Butler in at SG, then we have more outside shooting power for a team that desperately needs it. And we can play these two together on the floor. Let Bledsoe run the breaks and Eric run the set offense. Just a thought. I set up a poll on who should start at PG. Go vote.

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I'd be more comfortable with Bledsoe at the point rather than Gordon. EJ has the size and speed to be a PG but his handles are way too suspect. He got some nice assists against the Spurs but he's a turnover waiting to happen when he's dribbling the ball too much.

I like Bledsoe's composure and he is one of the quicker guards out there. He's not as wild anymore compared to summer league so that helps cut down his turnovers. I haven't seen enough of his court vision yet but I think that will improve over time. His shot looks good even though he hasn't looked to shoot as much. If he can practice that tear drop like Tony Parker, he can be deadly scorer once he uses his quickness to get to the paint.

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If we ran Gordon at the point we'd be doing a bit what the Heat do with D Wade. Not a natural PG but you get the idea. Sort of a triangle offense that the Lakers use.

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b/c every good playoff team requires that sherlock.

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But I don't think Del Negro is a triangle coach. Too bad, because this team needs some sort of identity, besides "talented players that don't fit together".

JiveTalkinRobot
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I want to see more of Willie Warren.

He looked very comfortable out there.

clipsfansincebirth
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Yeah warren will be good....i think he is getting back from mono

clipperboy24
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Well i think that last night showed that the guard combo of Gordon and Bledsoe is a good one:)

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