Where Are They Now: Ben Gordon – Only Rookie To Ever Win 6th Man Of The Year
Remember Ben Gordon? More specifically, remember how great the NCAA Champ and 3rd pick of the Bulls was at his best?
Remember in 2005, when he became the only rookie to ever win the NBA 6th Man of the Year Award?
Remember in 2006, when he tied Latrell Sprewell’s NBA record of 9 for 9 from the 3-point line against the Wizards? It was also the 2nd time that season he connected on 9 3-pointers in a game.
Remember in 2007, when he scored a career-high 48 in a comeback-win against the Bucks?
Remember in 2009, when he dueled with Ray Allen in an epic playoff series against the Celtics? The 42 point performance in GM2? The triple-OT thriller in GM6?
Remember in 2012, after failing to score double-figures in 5 out of 6 games with the Pistons, he exploded for 40 points and was 8 for 8 from 3 in just 3 quarters against the Nuggets? He finished the game with 45 points and 9 for 9 from the 3-point line.
You might but the odds are you don’t remember much else about Gordon’s career, especially with the Magic and Bobcats, even though he owns the Bobcats franchise record for points in a quarter (20). The odds are you probably also don’t remember the 2015 Golden State Warriors signing him and then waiving him a couple of weeks later. And the odds are you didn’t know he’s currently playing for Great Britain and earlier this month he made his GB debut: In 23 minutes of action, the 33-year old Gordon made 6 of 13 shots for 17 points in the friendly loss to Germany.
Although GB loves having BG over there, he’s still looking for a NBA comeback. I have no idea if any team is interested in him but they have to be more interested in him than a few other guys trying to make a comeback (Kwame Brown!) and I think Gordon’s ability to provide instant offense in the 4th quarter could have been helpful a certain team that recently waived him and then lost in the NBA Finals when their point guard was struggling.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and check out how great a great Ben Gordon was.
Here’s another thing you might not know about the 6’3 Ben Gordon, during his high school days, he had shocking hops!