Former NBA combo guard Ben Gordon is trying to restart his basketball career. The 33-year-old last played in the league for the Orlando Magic during the 2014-2015 season, when he averaged six points and one rebound playing just 14 minutes a game. But after taking a couple of years off, Gordon is re-energized and turning heads in the NBA Development League.
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In January, Gordon signed a contract to play in the D-League. Since then he has been dominating for the Texas Legends, the D-League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. In eight games, he is averaging 16.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4 assists and shooting 40 percent from deep.
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The 2005 NBA 6th Man of the Year is hoping to get called up to a contending team that needs a playmaker. “I’m looking at teams that need [a playmaker], like the Cavs,” Gordon told dleague.nba.com. “They need somebody [who] can create their own offense or make a play for someone else.”
Gordon could be a spark off the bench for any team in the league. In his most recent game on Tuesday, the 6-foot-3, 11-year NBA veteran scored 29 points, making six 3-pointers on 66.7 percent shooting.
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Gordon can play both guard positions, which could help his chances of getting called up, but until then he is willing to put in the necessary work.
“I missed being in the game and scoring the ball,” says Gordon. “That was always fun for me. Getting a bucket, scoring, taking a jump shot, seeing the hard work that’s put in day in and day out materializing in the game, getting the win. Those are things that I miss. It’s something I’m willing to come back for and put the hard work in to do it all over again.”