HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Houston guard Eric Gordon scored 22 points off the bench for the Rockets in their 118-116 victory over the Thunder Thursday night. While MVP candidate James Harden garners all the attention, especially in a showcase game against Russell Westbrook and OKC, it is Gordon that is quietly having a career season in Houston which could get him consideration for his first appearance in an All-Star Game.
Gordon is in his ninth NBA season, and for the first time in several years, the injury bug has stayed away in his first season as a Rocket. Staying healthy has kept him on the floor as the Rockets second leading scorer at 17.7 per game and one of the most consistent three-point shooting threats in the NBA.
That, combined with a quiet, and focussed demeanor have prompted the Rockets locker room to sing Gordon’s praises for him. The Rockets hope is that the NBA takes notice of their team accomplishments, including having the third best win percentage in the grueling Western Conference, to aid Gordon in getting into the All-Star Game
“(Gordon) is playing at a high level, he doesn’t get a lot of attention. He’s kept quiet. He’s one of the reasons we’re in the third spot,” Harden said after Thursday’s win. “For sure an All-Star.”
Gordon, who has never made an all-star team, currently leads the NBA in three point field goals with 136, which is just five away from his season career high set two seasons ago in New Orleans. He is also percentage points away from the top 10 in three-point percentage at 42.8 %.
“I’ll be baffled, I’ll very upset and pissed off if (Gordon) doesn’t make the all-star team,” Rockets guard Patrick Beverley said after Thursday’s win. “We’re one of the top teams in the NBA….I know that we’ve beaten in the top teams in the NBA and I feel like they should take at least two from each team. If they take two from our team, it definitely have to be James (Harden) and (Gordon).
Gordon is currently seventh among Western Conference guards with 76,609 votes after the first tally of fan returns were released on Thursday. Harden is second behind Steph Curry with 519,446. Gordon will have little hope of getting voted into the game, but a strong fan push and continued strong play could get him in as a reserve.
Fans can vote in a variety of ways including via Twitter, by tweeting Gordon’s name with the hashtag #NBAVote.
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