This season it is going to be a popular belief that Eric Gordon got the raw deal in the Chris Paul trade. Gordon was set up on the Clippers as a star on the rise, and was building a chemistry with Blake Griffin, the team's first priority for obvious reasons.
Before being injured last season, Gordon was also showing improvement in a vital area for the Clippers organization: the ability to close games.
Now, Los Angeles has gone in a a new direction and Gordon is in New Orleans with a group of young, inexperienced players once more—most likely in the position Griffin occupied in Los Angeles, no less.
The situation for Gordon is not entirely clear right now, but it could go one of a few ways. The most positive outlook would allow for Gordon to jell with teammates like Jarrett Jack, who has been given the starting job at point guard after Paul's departure. Jack has shown some skill even in the shadow of Paul and could work nicely with Gordon in the backcourt, but the frontcourt in New Orleans leaves much to be desired.
Emeka Okafor and Chris Kaman will headline things for the big men of the Hornets, but neither has shown spectacular ability to produce on a consistent basis. New Orleans will have to compete with the likes of the Lakers, the Mavericks and the Grizzlies, all of whom have great frontcourt presences in the West.
As much as fans will want to watch Paul and Griffin in Los Angeles, they should want to see this group for a few reasons as well.