Eric Gordon made his first career NBA start on Monday night in Los Angeles. It's hard to imagine he'll be waiting too long for the next one.
The one-and-done Indiana guard entered the draft with a reputation for his shooting touch, and that stroke was prominently on display in a losing effort as the Clips battled the Hornets last night.
Shortly into the game, the lottery pick filling in for the departed Cuttino Mobley headed to the locker room after rolling his ankle. He returned not long thereafter, and from there on the Clippers' offense amounted to the Eric Gordon Show.
Gordon showed off his knack for bombing from the outside all night. He showed no shyness, constantly utilizing his quick release and one-dribble pull-up moves to burn the Hornets from mid-range and beyond the arc.
At one point in the second quarter, the neophyte scored eight points in a three-possession span. He banged two threes off of kickouts and then stepped in for a 19-footer from the free throw line extended. Confidence, a lack of hesitation and picture-perfect mechanics made Gordon's shooting a beauty to watch. When it was all said and done, he went for 25 points on 9-for-17 shooting, including 4-of-8 on threes.
Welcome to the lineup, Eric.