Ben Gordon has suited up the Bulls, Pistons, Bobcats and most recently signed with the Orlando Magic under a 2 year deal worth 9 million. At one time, Gordon was one of the most feared guards on the courts, but in recent years he has become just another name on the roster of 12.
As he enters his 10th year in the NBA, his role and expectations as a veteran guard are not what they once were, but joining the Magic does provide Gordon an opportunity to turn around his career. When looking back at his success in Chicago and Detroit, he always played that key sixth man off the bench that could average 15 points and could deliver 30 point games on occasion.
Rising guards Victor Oladipo and Elfin Payton are almost guaranteed starting roster spots, so Gordon will have to compete with Evan Fournier, Willie Green, Devyn Marble, and Luke Ridnour for minutes off the bench.
Update: Magic Announced they waived guards Drew Crawford, Seth Curry and Peyton Siva
The recent waiving of several young players paves an easier road for Ben Gordon, but his biggest competition with be veteran guard Luke Ridnour who has also successfully come off the bench for several teams and has been a solid contributor.
With that being said….
Can Ben Gordon help the Orlando Magic become an above 500 team as well as a consistent contributor off the bench?
The verdict is still out on this as he has yet to officially suit up for the team in the regular season, but has played well in the pre-season. Also, since the departure of Dwight Howard, guards have excelled in the Magic offense i.e. Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson (when healthy) as they have lacked a dominant presence in the center position (Nikola Vucevic has been frequently injured). The lack of an inside presence has put the weight of scoring on the guards and forwards… which is perfect for Gordon as he is no stranger to scoring.
Unlike other veterans, Gordon has acknowledged this is a critical time in his career. He shared with NBA.com:
“I think it’s a huge year for me,” said Gordon. “I never had a year before like last year where I basically didn’t even play. This year is to re-establish myself and who I really am as a player. I want to try to be as consistent as I can be on a daily basis, whether that’s putting in my work in the gym or in games. I want to let my hard work flow and take advantage of this opportunity.”
The first regular season game will be 10/28 against the New Orleans Pelicans and their first home game on 10/30 against the Washington Wizards.
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