Eric Gordon became the eighth IU player selected in the top 10 of the NBA Draft after the Clippers selected him with the No. 7 overall pick in the June 26 draft.
“I think the Clippers could be a really good team,” Gordon said in a statement. “They have some guys who can really play. I think I can just fit in with those guys on the perimeter. You really do not know where you are going to end up, but I am just glad to be with the Clippers.”
Many experts thought Gordon was a possible top five pick but once he fell to the Clippers, they were glad to take him.
“Eric Gordon was our man all the way,” Clippers Vice President of Basketball Operations Elgin Baylor told the team’s website. “We were hoping he would be there. We heard rumors that other teams were going to take him, but we are glad they didn’t. We think he will fit in really well here.”
Gordon joins a Clippers team that finished in last place in the Pacific Division with a 23-59 record. The Clippers hope the selection of Gordon as their first pick will help them improve on last year’s season.
“[Gordon] was our target early on,” Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy told the team’s website. “We had him in for workouts and he looked great. All the things we thought he could do, he showed us he can easily do. He will be great for our team.”
The Clippers return point guard Shaun Livingston, who is coming off knee surgery, and veteran point guard Brevin Knight. Last year, 33 year-old Cuttino Mobley started at shooting guard. There has been talk that Gordon could play either point guard or shooting guard in the NBA. Gordon has said he is comfortable playing point guard but would play wherever his team needs him.
Gordon, who earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors and was first team All-Big Ten, averaged 20.9 points per game in his only season at IU.
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