Ben Gordon is a British-born American former professional basketball player. He was the shooting guard for the ‘Chicago Bulls,’ which picked him 3rd overall at the 2004 ‘NBA Draft.’ Born in London, England, Gordon was raised in Mount Vernon, New York. He played brilliant basketball during his high-school years and was among the top-40 recruits in the country. He joined the ‘University of Connecticut,’ where he helped the ‘UConn Huskies’ succeed at the ‘NCAA Championship.’ He earned the ‘Most Outstanding Performer’ honor at the ‘Big East Tournaments.’ After being drafted by the ‘Chicago Bulls,’ he became the first rookie ever to win the ‘NBA’s ‘Sixth Man of the Year’ award (2005). Subsequently, he played for several other ‘NBA’ teams, including the ‘Detroit Pistons,’ the ‘Charlotte Bobcats,’ and ‘Orlando Magic.’ He has played 11 ‘NBA’ seasons and 4 playoffs. He was also part of ‘EuroBasket 2017’ for Great Britain. Gordon was considered a natural scorer and an able athlete with level-headedness to handle decisions. However, he had not proved himself as a lead guard and his arrests and issues with the law reflected on his standing. He owns a sports rehab and recovery clinic named ‘Of Our Own.’ He is married to Sascha Smith.
Childhood & Early Life
Gordon was born Benjamin Ashenafi Gordon, on April 4, 1983, in London, England, to Jamaican parents. He was raised in Mount Vernon, New York, as his parents had moved to the US shortly after his birth.
Gordon played basketball in high school and steered the school team, the ‘Mount Vernon Knights,’ through the New York State public and federation championships. He was an ‘All-Star’ (state) player and also ranked among the 40 best prospects of the nation. Various universities, including the ‘Seton Hall University,’ New Jersey, were keen to recruit him. He chose to join the ‘University of Connecticut’ and played for their team, the ‘UConn Huskies,’ ranking second score-wise.
In the ‘Big East Tournament,’ Gordon played the 3-point shot that won the game for the ‘Huskies.’ In his sophomore year, he surpassed all scores to achieve the ‘Second Team All-Big East’ honors.
Gordon earned high scores in his junior and senior years. He once scored 81 points, which was a ‘Big East Tournaments’ record. Thus, he won the ‘Most Outstanding Performer’ of the tournament. In the ‘NCAA Tournament’ he achieved the ‘Most Outstanding Player Award’ of the ‘Phoenix Regional’ honors. His score of 127 points aided his team’s success at the ‘NCAA Championship.’ In the 2003 ‘Pan American Games,’ he played for the US.
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Gordon entered the 2004 ‘NBA Draft’ after his junior college year. The ‘Chicago Bulls’ selected him 3rd overall.
The ‘Bulls’ did not have any bright wins in the previous 6 years. Gordon led the team to the fourth place in the playoffs. His scores in the rookie year made him the first rookie in the ‘NBA’ to achieve the ‘NBA Sixth Man Award.’ He also secured the ‘NBA’s ‘Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month’ thrice and a place on the ‘NBA All-Rookie First Team.’
Reportedly, Gordon had a stamina issue, resulting in a decline in his scores. In his third season with the ‘Bulls,’ he became the starting shooting guard for the team. In March 2007, he scored a career-high 48 points. In the playoffs, the ‘Bulls’ defeated the defending champions (‘Miami Heat’) in the first round and became first team in ‘NBA’ history to achieve this feat.
In October 2008, Gordon signed an extension contract (of $6.4 million) with the ‘Chicago Bulls’ and helped the team qualify for the playoffs, leading the team with an average of 20.7 points. In the playoffs, he led the team with 24.3 points. However, the team lost the playoffs after 7 games.
Gordon signed a 5-year contract with the ‘Detroit Pistons’ (approximately for $55-60 million) in 2009. He scored the ten millionth point in ‘NBA’ history in January 2010. The same year, he underwent a left ankle operation.
Gordon was traded to the ‘Charlotte Bobcats’ in June 2012 and was waived by the team in March 2014. Though he signed a 2-year ($9 million) contract with ‘Orlando Magic’ in July 2014, he was waived in June 2015.
After signing with the ‘Golden State Warriors’ in September 2015. Gordon was waived in October 2015, following two pre-season games. ‘NBA D-League’s ‘Texas Legends’ acquired him in January 2017.
Owing to his dual citizenship, Gordon was eligible to play for Great Britain. He wanted to play for Britain in the 2012 ‘Olympic Games’ but missed the pre-‘Olympic’ training, as he was then traded from the ‘Detroit Pistons’ to the ‘Charlotte Bobcats.’ He was included in the Great Britain team for the ‘EuroBasket 2017’ and played in the qualifying games.
Family & Personal Life
Gordon is married to Sascha Smith.
In 2017, Gordon was involved in a number of law and order issues. In June 2017, he was arrested for pulling fire alarms in his apartment building and was later released on bail.
In October 2017, he was arrested for confronting a lady patron at his sport wellness center, ‘Of Our Own.’ Reportedly, he had locked the lady in. The police had broken in to arrest him. Later, he was hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation. Allegedly, he had also sent threatening videos to people.
In November 2017, he was arrested for felony/robbery in a Los Angeles building, where he had rented two apartments. He demanded the deposit of his apartments. When the manager expressed his inability to return the sum, Gordon punched him, threatened him with a knife, and took away whatever the manager had. He was released on a bail of $50,000.