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Ben Gordon says he will get right by attacking the rim

Sep 20, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

NBA_gordon1_250.jpgLast season was just ugly for Ben Gordon in Detroit.

He had a nagging ankle injury, which is not good for a jump shooter. Due to injuries coach John Kuester’s rotations were all over the place, consistency was out the window. Midseason Gordon had to adjust to coming off the bench again.

The result was five fewer shots a game than the last season in Chicago, and Gordon shot just 32.9 percent on his catch-and-shoot opportunities, 35.5 percent as the pick-and-roll ballhandler (stats from SynergySports). Two key areas of his game.

So how does he fix it? Getting healthy is one, but he told the Detroit News he also needs to just attack more.

“One thing I have to work on is my shot selection,” he said. “I’m so confident in my shot, I settle as opposed to going for a layup. This year, I’m going to be more aware of that and attack more.”

A healthier team would mean more consistent minutes, which Gordon also needs to get in a rhythm. Like all shooters, he needs some consistency of playing time — a stretch of minutes — to really get in the flow of the game. Last year playing time seemed to change game to game.

If Detroit is going to make noise this season, they are going to need the old Ben Gordon to be knocking shots down.

  1. johnmaine - Sep 20, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Who has a higher IQ between Peyton and Eli Manning? Their Wonderlic scores tell all.

  2. Michael Warren - Sep 20, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    I totally agree. Ben Gordon is one of the most athletic guards in the NBA. He’s also an under-rated athlete. He’s capable of jumping out of the gym. He just tends to settle for jumpshots and layups. So attacking the rim more will definetly increase his efficiently and field goal percentage. Also the Pistons need more free-throw attemps which will help them score more points this year.

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