Indiana sports legend, Eric “EJ” Gordon is experiencing a rejuvenation of his storied basketball career. The NBA’s reigning 6th Man of the Year, and 3 Point Champion, is on pace to have the best year of his career. And unlike when he averaged 20+ with the Clippers in the 2008-2010 seasons, this year he looks to be an integral part of an actual championship contender.
Wednesday night Gordon was the hero once again, hitting a game winning 3 Pointer as time ran out in a matchup between the Philadelphia 76’ers and the Houston Rockets.
The Return of Air Gordon
Gordon had one of the all-time great high school and collegiate careers, as Mr Basketball at North Central, and Freshman of the Year at Indiana University. After being drafted as a lottery pick by the Los Angeles Clippers and having a promising first few seasons, injuries and turmoil within the management of the team slightly derailed his NBA trajectory. After 5 solid but unspectacular seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans, EJ has reclaimed a spot as one of the most electrifying players in the NBA.
The Houston Rockets enter the 2017-18 NBA season as one of a handful of serious contenders in talented Western Conference. They are currently tied for the most wins in the conference, and with the addition of perennial All-Star Chris Paul, one of the serious contenders to dethrone the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
Gordon has become an integral part of the team starting last season on his arriva , where he claimed two distinguished honors (6th man of the year, All-Star Game 3 Point Champion) and showed regular flashes of the Air Gordon fans of Indiana basketball have come to know and love.
Not only that, Gordon got in better shape this off-season, and now appears to be playing the best basketball of his career.
For people who grew up watching the greatness of EJ, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before — and it’s only right he’s doing it on the biggest stage once again.