The Bobcats had another disappointing season and the only area the team seemed to prosper was at guard. Unfortunately, there were still some guards on this Bobcats' squad that were
horrifying to watch not very good. Ben Gordon was one of them.
In reality, the Bobcats probably gained something from acquiring Ben Gordon from the Pistons in the 2012 off-season by giving away Corey Maggette. Maggette played a total of 257 minutes this season, none of which came after December 15th. Plus, they got a first round draft pick.
This season, Gordon averaged 11.2 points, 1.9 assists and 1.8 turnovers on 40.8 percent shooting in about 20.8 minutes per game. That seems average, but there's more to it behind the basic numbers. His PER was 12.7, he had a 14.7 percent turnover rate and a -19 net rating. Basically, he was an inefficient player that turned the ball over frequently and made the Bobcats worse on both ends of the court. When I say the Bobcats gained something from getting Ben Gordon, it's a marginal gain.
Gordon wasn't exceptional this season by any means (unless you count two-game stretches), and he rarely got put in the spotlight except for his little spat with Mike Dunlap that probably prevented the Bobcats from being able to trade him at the deadline.
This season Gordon was a player that came off the bench, shot and missed a lot of threes and got fans angry. Unfortunately, he's not the same player he was a few years back in Chicago.
Biggest improvement this season
I looked for a long time through videos and statistics to find anything that Gordon improved on this season. The best thing I found? Gordon's block percentage went up from 0.6% to 0.8%. Yay?
Gordon's play of the season
What to work on
Gordon isn't the player he once was with the Bulls, and he needs to come to terms with that. He's not the big guy on campus anymore (you can't get in fights with your coach). Gordon needs to become more efficient in his play and be a mentor to the young guys like Walker and Henderson.
Grade and future
Gordon gets a D this season, because he was awful, inefficient and a distraction in the locker room but didn't make a big enough negative impact to completely fail. I mean, the Bobcats did win the trade with the Pistons.
In 2013, Gordon will definitely pick up his option (let us never forget the Ben Gordon signing that Joe Dumars made in 2009), which means he'll be making $13 million this coming year. Expect to see Gordon here for at least one more year. Sorry.