Ben Gordon playing for Great Britain, eyeing return to NBA
Once one of the premiere scorers off the bench, Ben Gordon has been irrelevant in the NBA world the last few years.
Gordon was out of the league last year after averaging 6.1 a night for Orlando the year before and just 5.2 per game for Charlotte the year prior to that. He last made a significant impact in 2012-13 when he averaged 11.2 a night in 75 games off the bench for the Hornets.
Now, the shooting guard will spend the next few weeks playing for the Great Britain national team, hoping to help the British qualify for Eurobasket 2017, and also prove to scouts that he can still play at an elite level.
From a Q&A with ESPN.com when asked if he’s contemplating a return to the NBA:
“Yeah, definitely. I would definitely love to get back in the league after being out for a year. Just watching the way the game is being played, up and down. Obviously, the 3-point shot is always a big deal but it seems like just now, more than ever, that shot is being used more and more. So I feel like I can still play at a high level and shoot that 3-ball and add that kind of depth to a team that may be looking to fulfill that need. So yeah, I definitely have hopes of making a return with an NBA team or just playing period, wherever that may be.”
Gordon spent training camp with the Warriors last year. He’s now 33-years-old, but is a career 40.1 percent three-point shooter. With threes being taken more and more every season, it’s not crazy to think Gordon may be able to find a home somewhere if he can still fill it up from deep.
Playing for Great Britain may provide Gordon an opportunity to get a lot of shots up and possibly grab some headlines if he shows out with some big games.