NBA Trade Rumors: Ben Gordon Would Thrive as Sixth Man for Brooklyn Nets

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIFebruary 9, 2013

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Rumors of a Ben Gordon-Kris Humphries swap should excite Brooklyn Nets fans. Not because they should be happy to see Humphries go, but because of what Gordon could do in Brooklyn.

Per Chris Broussard of ESPN, talks have occurred between the Nets and Charlotte Bobcats to swap the two eight-year pros.

Gordon is finally healthy again, and a bit of his athleticism has returned to augment his three-point shooting. Though Gordon was born in London, he went to high school and grew up in Mount Vernon, N.Y.

So there is some geographical connection to consider. 

He's averaging 13 points per game while knocking down 41 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. He's the Charlotte Bobcats third-leading scorer despite playing only 22 minutes per game

Gordon is the type of instant-offense player the Nets need for their second unit. Per Hoops Stats, the Nets' bench ranks just 22nd in the NBA in scoring at 29.2 points per game. They don't have many deep threats backing up the starters.

The bench ranks 27th in three-point shooting percentage at just under 33 percent.

It is pretty obvious Gordon could help the team in both areas. He'd also get the opportunity to play off an elite point guard like Deron Williams and a quality low-post scorer like Brook Lopez.

Gordon has proven how valuable he can be as a sixth man in the past. He won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award while with the Chicago Bulls during the 2004-2005 season. 

His accurate long-distance shooting would space the floor, and his willingness to take and make clutch shots would be invaluable to the Nets in the postseason.

A unit of Williams, Gordon, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace and Lopez would be pretty scary to defend. 

The Nets would miss Humphries defense, rebounding and energy, but the remaining frontcourt players are strong enough to step up.

This is a trade the Nets should make every effort to complete.


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