The Curious Case of Benjamin Gordon, Plus Landry Fields Is Jiving in NY

January 12th, 2011 by Leave a reply »
In the summer of 2009, then Chicago Bull Ben Gordon did what any of us would do. The former UConn standout parlayed a career season into one basketball’s biggest contracts, totaling well over $50MM. Since then Gordon has been a microcosm of his Pistons team: struggling to shoot the ball efficiently and playing dismal defense all in an effort worth only 36 wins the past two seasons.

Gordon has been an enigma since relocating to Detroit. Entering last season Gordon was largely considered a consensus top 30 player entering the prime years of his career. Pistons General Manager believed that by adding Gordon, the team would demonstrate the same offensive punch that delivered an NBA championship in 2004, the same year Gordon was delivering a championship to Connecticut at the college ranks.

It appears that the Pistons will again stumble into the basement of the Eastern Conference equipped with a star-studded cast of players who continue to present chemistry issues in the Motor City. But while the Pistons seem to be on the cusp of implosion, there is hope that some of these stars bounce back.

Ben Gordon’s career low 11.6 points per game is staggering, ...

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