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Ben Gordon: Why Brooklyn Nets Should Trade for Sharpshooter

Jan 11, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Charlotte Bobcats guard Ben Gordon (8) against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Bobcats 99-78. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 11, 2013

The Brooklyn Nets are considering trading Kris Humphries to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for sharpshooter Ben Gordon, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN The Magazine.

It would be a low-risk move that would make the club better.

It's not practical to keep Humphries around. He's shooting a dismal 43 percent from the field, and Reggie Evans (who is getting more minutes) is a similar player. Evans actually ranks first in the NBA in rebounds per 48 minutes (19.3).

Then you have the Nets' shooting woes. Joe Johnson is the only player who is a legitimate threat from downtown this season. No other Nets player is shooting 36 percent or better from long range. As a result, Brooklyn is ranked 20th in the NBA in three-point percentage.

Enter Gordon.

Gordon is not only shooting 41.1 percent from beyond the arc this season, he's shot 40.6 percent from downtown for his career. The ninth-year guard has historically been a dangerous deep threat.

Another thing. Gordon has been turnover-prone throughout his career, but he shouldn't be asked to create his own shot, anyway. As a spot-up shooter, he can fit into any team.

According to Broussard's report, the Nets would like to use Gordon off the bench as a sixth man. That's exactly the way you should use him.

He could also be used in a small-ball lineup consisting of Deron Williams, Johnson, Gerald Wallace and All-Star center Brook Lopez. Lopez's ability in the post naturally draws defenders, which could create good looks for Gordon from beyond the arc.

In the 111-86 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, the Nets shot 6-of-19 from downtown. Gordon isn't going to automatically make the Nets a title contender, but he does help in an area of need.

The Nets should take this trade in a heartbeat. Humphries is a small price to pay.


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