Should Ben Gordon Be Starting?

By @KaysOnTheNBA

Ben Gordon’s last 4 games have been pretty bad. He has scored a combined 21 points while shooting 23% overall in those 4 games. He hasn’t played more than 30 minutes in a game since the January 9 game vs. Philadelphia.  Granted, he was injured and missed essentially 10 games in this new year and is only averaging about 22 minutes in 2010, but still, doesn’t he need more minutes?

Gordon’s splits when he starts/comes off the bench are very interesting:

So what does this mean? Should Gordon be starting instead of coming off the bench? Of course there are many other factors involved, such as who else is starting alongside Gordon, the matchups involved, etc.  However, it is easy to make a case for Gordon to start, or at the very least, play more minutes.

Ben Gordon is playing just 29.9 minutes per game.  That would be the second lowest of his six-year career.  That is not a lot of minutes played for someone who is making $10 million this season.  He’s also averaging career lows in points per game (14.9) and probably worst of all, 3 point field-goal percentage (.304).  He was brought to Detroit to score, more specifically to make a lot of three pointers.  Before this season, Gordon had never averaged less than a  40% shooting mark from three point land.

Gordon still has time to turn it around in Detroit.  This has been a tough year for him as he has had to adapt to a new team, a rookie head coach, and serious injuries for the first time in his career (19 games missed this season compared to 12 total in his first five season).  He just does not look like the Ben Gordon who helped Chicago take Boston to 7 games in last year’s playoffs.  But to justify that lucrative contract, Detroit Ben Gordon needs to start playing like Chicago Ben Gordon.

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