The Other Guy

On Monday night, while the Falcons and the Saints played a highly anticipated “Monday Night Football” football game, the Los Angeles Clippers were playing the Sacramento Kings. A game of two bad teams, right? You’re right. But, the Clippers have gotten more publicity because of Blake Griffin, the mega-rookie, the 1st pick in 2009 but missed the whole season due to knee surgery. Griffin hasn’t disappointed, averaging a double-double, and on Monday, went for a solid 24 points and 14 rebounds. Was Griffin the high point man on the night? No. Griffin wasn’t even the high point man on his team! That honor goes to Eric Gordon, possibly the most underrated player in the NBA. Gordon scored 31 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal on the night. Not too shabby. Certainly not too shabby for a just-turned 22 year old, 3 years removed from college, and a guy averaging more than his own age a game, with 23.9 points per game. He got some consideration on the international level, when Team USA chose him to represent them at the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. NBA consideration? None. Gordon’s 23.9 points a game this year is higher than Dwyane Wade’s, Danny Granger’s, and Dwight Howard’s- just to name a few. Add teammate and mentioned above forward Blake Griffin. Gordon is ninth-best in scoring per game this year. Only one or two points above on the list sit LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, easily two of the most recognized players in the NBA. Gordon isn’t more popular or even close to as well-known as Bryant or James. He’s not even the most popular on his team, the Clippers! Watch a Clippers game. Actually, if you actually listen to me, you’ll find that the “other” LA team, the forgotten ones, are actually really fun to watch. Give a lot of credit to Griffin of course, but when you are watching, don’t forget about “The Other Guy”, Gordon, as he rolls on in his All-Star 2010-2011 campaign.

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