Fantasy Basketball: Will the real Eric Gordon please stand up?

There are plenty of players around the NBA that make Fantasy Basketball owners scratch their heads.

One of those guys is New Orleans Pelicans’ guard Eric Gordon.

Jan 11, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon (10) waits for play to resume against the Dallas Mavericks during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Pelicans 110-107. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

You just never know what you are going to get from the guy, which makes him a risky option in most leagues.

For instance, take a recent five-game stretch in which he led the Pelicans in scoring at 23.4 points per game, flashing some of the pick-and-roll abilities that made him so highly coveted a few years back.

Having a guy like Anthony Davis in the pick-and-roll should make Gordon a top fantasy option as on paper he should be lethal, but it just hasn’t happened.

Gordon followed that nice five-game stretch by averaging 9.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists of New Orleans’ last three games, while shooting only 27 percent (9-for-33) from the floor.

With Tyreke Evans, Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday both hurt, Gordon became the Pelicans primary option on the perimeter. Even though Evans is back, Gordon is still getting over 30 minutes per game and should be capable of doing much more.

He’s been on the trading block and there’s a good chance he could be moved in the next couple weeks, which may actually hurt his value some more.

Right now he has a great pick-and-roll partner and is the primary perimeter option. That may not be the case if he is dealt.

While averaging 15.4 points per game on the season isn’t terrible for a guy like Gordon, especially if he is your third or fourth guard, by now you would think the numbers would be much better.

Until the real Eric Gordon decides to stand up, fantasy owners should tread with caution as he could find himself outside of the Top 20 shooting guards real soon.


Topics: Eric Gordon, Fantasy Basketball, New Orleans Pelicans

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