The Houston Rockets have extended shooting guard Eric Gordon to a four-year, $76 million contract, securing the Rockets attempts to be championship contenders.
The contract comes with no guarantee on his fourth year. He gets the fourth year if he makes the All-Star team or the Rockets win a championship.
Gordon has been the perfect player for the Rockets organization and their offensive schemes. With head coach Mike D’Antoni and his supercharged offense, Gordon has exploded as one of the more reliable offensive players in the league. In his three seasons in Houston, Gordon has averaged 16.8 points per game on 41%/36%/81% splits from the field, three-point line and free-throw line.
Gordon’s ability to catch-and-shoot, combined with his ability to occasionally score from isolation moves, provides a much-needed spark for superstar guard James Harden, who carries most of the offensive workload for the team.
Although Gordon can sometimes be a liability on the defensive side, he shows flashes of being an above average defender by at least trying too put his thick frame in front of opposing offensive players.
The Rockets have been knocking on the championship door for a couple years now, even taking the Golden State Warriors to a tight seventh game in the 2018 Western Conference Finals. Had the Rockets not missed 27 straight three-point attempts, they would’ve likely won the game, moved on to the NBA Finals and faced a weak Cleveland team that was led in all categories by LeBron James.
That crucial Game 7 was the closest this current Rocket regime has gotten to reaching the NBA Finals. In the 2019 playoffs, the Rockets were matched against an injured Warriors team in the second round. The Rockets underachieved in the series, being knocked out in six games.
To remain a championship contender in the tough Western Conference, the Rockets traded point guard Chris Paul and some future picks to Oklahoma City for point guard Russell Westbrook. With Harden and Westbrook carrying most of the offensive load, Gordon will be an offensive mismatch for opposing teams. Look for Gordon to have a more efficient and higher scoring season in 2019.