At this point, you simply cannot expect Eric Gordon to stay healthy for a full season. Once one of the most promising young guards in the league, the 27-year-old has not played 65 games in a season since he was a rookie back in 2008-09, and is coming off a season with 37 missed games. He was productive when he took the floor, of course, averaging 15.2 points, 2.7 assists and 2.5 3-pointers per game, as he continued to cement his place as one of the better 3-point shooters in the league. He should fit in well in Mike D'Antoni's offense, both as a second unit ball-handler and spot-up shooter next to James Harden, and he should put up similar numbers as last season. However, because of the injuries, Gordon has to be viewed as just a late-round Fantasy option on Draft Day.
Gordon will not play in Friday's preseason finale against the Spurs due to rest purposes, Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle reports. The Rockets are resting four of their starters, with Trevor Ariza, Clint Capela and James Harden all out to rest as well with the start of the regular season just five days away. Look for head coach Mike D'Antoni to use this opportunity to have some of his younger players see more minutes, with K.J. McDaniels, Sam Dekker and P.J. Hairston likely seeing some extended run in the absences of both Gordon and Ariza.
Gordon will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's preseason matchup with the Mavericks, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports. With starting point guard Patrick Beverley's (knee) status for the season opener now in question, the Rockets are slated to move James Harden to point guard, while inserting Gordon into the starting lineup at shooting guard. Gordon is set to see extended minutes throughout Beverley's absence and should still have a decent role in the regular rotation once he's healthy, as Gordon was already expected to serve as the team's sixth man this season. With two preseason games left in the schedule, the starting backcourt should have another couple of tune-ups to get acquainted with each other's presence in the starting lineup.
Gordon tallied 24 points (8-16 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 3-5 FT), one assist, one rebound and one steal across 31 minutes in Sunday's 123-117 win over the Pelicans in an exhibition held in Shanghai, China. The new up-tempo attack implemented by coach Mike D'Antoni has looked spectacular through the first three preseason games, with Gordon being one of the Rockets' many beneficiaries. Though he's set to serve as the team's sixth man when the regular season begins, Gordon has settled in as the starting shooting guard while Patrick Beverley (knee) has been sidelined. Gordon has been a spectacular fit as a backcourt partner of James Harden, going 8-for-16 on three-point attempts over those games. The 27-year-old should hoist plenty of attempts from distance even once Beverley returns, but staying healthy will be a challenge after a number of different injuries have prevented him from suiting up in more than 64 games in any season since his rookie year of 2008-09.
Gordon will get the start at shooting guard Tuesday against the Knicks, Calvin Watkins of ESPN reports. Patrick Beverley (knee) won't be available, so the Rockets will go with a pair of natural shooting guards in the backcourt. James Harden, far and away Houston's best playmaker, will shift down to the point guard spot, while Gordon plays off the ball. Expect Gordon to return to a bench role when Beverley returns to availability.
Gordon agreed to a four-year, $53 million contract with the Rockets on Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports. Gordon, when healthy, has been a solid player throughout his NBA career, but he hasn't played more than 64 games in a season since his rookie year, and played just 45 games last season. In those 45 games, he averaged 15.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in 32.9 minutes per game. In Houston, Gordon will play behind James Harden and provide the team with a quality scoring guard off of the bench.
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