Is Eric Gordon the Perfect Example of Risk vs. Reward in the NBA?

September 25th, 2012 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

What can you buy with $58,365,583 in today's economy?

Quite a bit, actually. How about 19,136,256 Double-Doubles from In-N-Out Burger? Or 233,471 pairs of LeBron James' newest shoe? Or two-and-a-half years in the life of Mitt Romney?

Or, if you're the New Orleans Hornets, four years of Eric Gordon?

Is that a solid investment for the future of your NBA team? Depends on how you weigh the risks and rewards associated with the soon-to-be-fifth-year guard.

On the one hand, EJ (as he was known during his days with the Los Angeles Clippers) is one of the NBA's burgeoning young talents. The kid can flat-out score, to the extent that pegging him to average 20 points per game might actually be a modest prediction. He put up 20.6 points in his debut season with the Hornets, and 22.3 the season prior, when he was all of 22 years old in LA.

More impressive than the numbers themselves are the ways in which Gordon goes about his job. He's often lauded for the limitless range on his jump shot, which is certainly well-deserved, even though his three-point percentage has declined from season to season.

But what makes Gordo ...

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