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Hornets guard Eric Gordon activated and expected to make debut

Dec 29, 2012, 6:06 PM EST

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After playing in just nine games last season and zero so far this year, Eric Gordon is finally set to return tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats.

It’s been so long that it’s easy to forget just how good Gordon was with the Clippers two seasons ago. The stocky shooting guard averaged 22 points a game on 45 percent shooting from the field, showing elite explosion off the dribble and a sweet touch from the perimeter. Gordon displayed enough potential to earn a max contract worth $58 million dollars over four years this offseason, despite a long injury history that predated his time in the NBA.

It’s been an awfully long road to recovery for Gordon, but the Hornets will be more than happy to welcome him back tonight against the Bobcats:

The Hornets have struggled mightily without Gordon’s services, as rookie guard Austin Rivers has put forth one of the worst NBA seasons (no hyperbole here) in history thus far. Simply by giving more of his minutes to Gordon, the Hornets stand to improve from their dreadful 6-23 start.

Gordon may be renowned for his scoring ability and his compact shooting stroke, but he also made great strides as a ballhandler and decision maker in his last season with the Clippers, combining with Blake Griffin to become one of the most potent pick-and-roll tandems in the league.

The Hornets certainly hope he can replicate some of that magic with Davis and help stop the bleeding on the perimeter defensively. For right now, though? Just getting on the court again is plenty.

 

  1. freemantowilliams - Dec 29, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Can’t wait to see how this team comes together

    • saint1997 - Dec 29, 2012 at 11:22 PM

      These guys will be championship contenders in 5 years time if they can have a good draft this year, maybe pick up a solid glue guy at the 3. Also they may need to sure up the point position, trading for or signing Eric Bledsoe would be the best option, that would push them over the edge.

      • dko83 - Dec 30, 2012 at 3:13 AM

        I am giddy at the prospect of Bledsoe running the show for an up and comer like N.O. This scenario needs to happen.

      • saint1997 - Dec 30, 2012 at 5:32 PM

        I know right!! I would be sooo happy if it did

  2. jimmygrahamchrisivory - Dec 29, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    So where’s the article on the Hornets coming back from 17 at halftime to win all thanks to Gordon?

  3. wwttww - Dec 30, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Pelicans?

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