Ben Gordon should shoot more

I want to clarify something about yesterday’s post on Ben Gordon: He’s in a scoring slump, not a shooting slump.

In his last eight game – the same sample I examined yesterday – Gordon’s effective field-goal percentage has been 64.3. That’s the fourth-best eight-game stretch of his career (behind two overlapping stints in March 2008 and a run that uses seven of his previous eight games and the one prior).

In the last eight games, Gordon’s teammates combined effective field-goal percentage has been 51.7. His teammates have also attempted 12.3 shots per 36 minutes to Gordon’s 9.1.

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Those charts shouldn’t be so out of proportion.

If Gordon shoots more, meaning he’s not as picky with his shot selection, his effective field-goal percentage would likely drop. That’s because he’s probably taking only high-percentage shots now.

But if he shot more, he’d be taking shots from his teammates, who have been shooting at a much-worse clip than he has. That would help Detroit.

Basically, the numbers show Gordon has been too tentative. That probably backs up what most observers of his game have seen, too. It’s certainly the case for me.

There’s an effective middle ground here. For Gordon and the Pistons to reach it, he should shoot more.

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