Gordon with the Bobcats
|No. 7 – Orlando Magic|
April 4, 1983 |
|Nationality||British / American|
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school||Mount Vernon
(Mount Vernon, New York)
|NBA draft||2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Benjamin Ashenafi "Ben" Gordon (born April 4, 1983) is a British-American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Gordon played college basketball for the University of Connecticut and won a national championship with them in 2004.
Ben Gordon was born in London, England to Jamaican parents. He moved to the United States shortly after his birth, and grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. Gordon played high school basketball for the Mount Vernon Knights, and helped lead the team to the 2000 New York State Public and Federation Championships. Gordon was an All-State player at Mount Vernon and a top 40 national recruit. He was heavily recruited by Seton Hall, but decided to attend UConn.
As a freshman at Connecticut, Gordon ranked second on the team in scoring (12.6 ppg), despite coming off the bench for most of the season. He hit the game winning 3-point field goal against Villanova in the Big East Tournament. As a sophomore Gordon averaged a team-leading 19.5 points (which ranked 50th in the nation) and also led the Huskies with 156 total assists, which earned Gordon Second Team All-Big East honors.
In Gordon's junior and final year at Connecticut, he averaged a team-leading 20.5 points (again ranked 50th in the nation), 4.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists. He also connected on 104 three-pointers, the second-highest single season total in Connecticut's history. Gordon set a Big East Tournament record with 81 total points, earning the tournaments' Most Outstanding Performer honors. Gordon also earned the Most Outstanding Player award of the Phoenix Regional honors in the NCAA Tournament. He also led the tournament field with 127 total points, as he helped lead the Huskies to the NCAA Championship. Following his junior year, Gordon declared himself eligible for the 2004 NBA Draft and was selected third overall by the Chicago Bulls, one pick after the Charlotte Bobcats drafted his teammate at Connecticut, Emeka Okafor.
Before the 2004 NBA Draft, Gordon thought that he would be drafted anywhere from 7th to 12th, but as the draft got closer he claimed to have an inkling that the Bulls might draft him third as they did with Michael Jordan 20 years earlier in the 1984 NBA Draft. "I'm a guy who looks at the significance of numbers a lot. Before the draft, I had no idea I'd get drafted third. I thought I was going to go anywhere from 7th to 12th. As we started getting closer and I started to get an inkling that the Bulls could be a team that I could end up playing for, I started to look at the numbers. Michael Jordan was drafted by the Bulls and he was the third pick just like you." Gordon wore the number 4 on his jersey in high school and college, but had to wear the number 7 with the Bulls due to the number 4 being retired. Gordon said, "I wore No. 4 my whole career but, of course, Jerry Sloan already had that number beforehand so there wasn't much I could do about it. So all I did was just [put together] being the third pick with my old No. 4. That's why I wear No. 7."
In the 2004–05 season, his rookie year, Gordon averaged 15.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while playing 24.2 minutes per game. Gordon also finished with 21 double-digit fourth quarter point performances, second to only LeBron James' 22 in the NBA. Gordon helped lead the Bulls to their first playoff appearance since the Jordan era ended in 1998. After the season, Gordon became the first rookie in NBA history to be awarded the NBA Sixth Man Award. Gordon was also the NBA's Eastern Conference Rookie of The Month 3 times (January, February, and March), and was also voted onto the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
However, Gordon also had problems with turnovers (4.46 per 48 minutes; 6th in the league in 04–05) and an overall lack of stamina in his rookie season. He remarked, "More than anything, I just want to come back [in the fall] in better shape". "A lot of this game is about conditioning and how long you can give your best performance." In his sophomore campaign (2005–06), Gordon alternated between the starting lineup and bench for the Bulls, starting 47 games (mostly in the later half of the season) while coming off of the bench for 35. The minutes Gordon played per game rose, as did his scoring and assist averages. Gordon was selected to play for the Sophomores in the Rookie Challenge held during the NBA All-Star Weekend, in which he scored 17 points.
On April 14, 2006, in a Bulls win over the Washington Wizards, Gordon tied the record for the most consecutive three-pointers made in a game with 9. In 2006, Gordon also revealed that he was in the process of designing an energy drink called BG7, an allusion to his initials and jersey number. Gordon unveiled the drink at One Sixty Blue, a restaurant co-owned by Michael Jordan. The drink was made with white tea, which has a very high amount of antioxidants, and the most polyphenols of any tea.
On March 4, 2007, Gordon established a career high 48 points, leading a miraculous comeback effort to win 126–121 in overtime against the Milwaukee Bucks. In 2008, Gordon accepted the Bulls' one-year qualifying offer of $6.4 million after being unable to secure the contract that he was hoping for. On December 27, 2008, Gordon passed Scottie Pippen as the Chicago Bulls' career leader in three-pointers made. He became an unrestricted free agent after the 2008–09 season.
Gordon signed a five-year deal for $55 million with the Detroit Pistons starting with the 2009–10 season. With the Pistons, Gordon continued his role as a sixth-man off the bench. On January 9, 2010, Gordon scored the 10-millionth point in NBA history. On March 21, 2012, Gordon scored 45 points, making 9 out of 9 3-point field goal attempts, which tied an NBA record.
On November 28, 2012, Gordon scored 20 points in the fourth quarter of an eventual 91-94 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The 20 points were the most in one quarter for any player in Bobcats history. He finished with 26 points on 7 of 11 shooting, making 7 of 10 from beyond the arc, to go with 5 free throw attempts and makes.
On March 2, 2014, he was waived by the Bobcats.
On April 1, 2008, Gordon was named to the shortlist for the British national basketball team. Gordon is eligible for the team by virtue of his British birth and dual citizenship. In 2010, he said he hoped to represent Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics. However, Gordon missed the beginning of Great Britain's June 2012 pre-Olympic training camp in Houston, Texas. He later said he could not commit to the team after being traded from Detroit to Charlotte.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- "Bulls visit with Obama at the White House. Report, photos, roster of attendees". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
- UCONN player profile URL last accessed July 31, 2006
- Chicago Bulls Career Leaders URL last accessed April 27, 2009
- ESPN Player Profile URL last accessed August 1, 2006
- Ben Gordon prospect profile and college stats URL last accessed July 31, 2006
- Q&A: Ben Gordon URL last accessed November 17, 2006
- Ben Gordon, Chris Duhon, Andres Nocioni and Luol Deng Bulls Fource URL last accessed August 1, 2006
- Gordon named NBA's 6th man URL last accessed July 31, 2006
- Gordon named rookie of the month for January, February, and March URL last accessed July 31, 2006
- Bulls.com interview with Ben Gordon URL last accessed on July 31, 2006
- Stats and Bio URL last accessed August 1, 2006
- Recap for 2006 Rookie Challenge game URL last accessed July 31, 2006
- Gordon Ties Record; Bulls Get Key Win URL last accessed December 24, 2006
- Gordon still sippin' pretty: He has his own drink URL last accessed December 10, 2006
- Yahoo! Sports, Chicago 126, Milwaukee 121, OT URL last accessed March 27, 2006
- "Sources: Gordon, Villanueva to Pistons". ESPN. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- "Pistons' Gordon scores 10 millionth point in NBA history". NBA. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
- "Bobcats Acquire Ben Gordon, Future First-Round Pick From Pistons". NBA.com. June 26, 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
- Cats Request Waivers on Ben Gordon
- Magic Sign Ben Gordon
- Ben Gordon Agrees To Two-Year, $9M Contract With Magic
- Chicago Bulls guard Ben Gordon called up to British basketball squad. AP Sports. April 1, 2008. Retrieved on April 5, 2008.
- Ben Gordon Looking to Suit Up for GB Next Summer. hoopsfix.com. August 28, 2010. Retrieved on September 1, 2010.
- Gordon a no-show
- Ben Gordon decommits for Britain. ESPN. July 1, 2012. Retrieved on July 2, 2012.
- USA Men Lose Bronze Medal Game. insidehoops.com. August 7, 2003. Retrieved on June 18, 2008.