Film Session: Gordon’s ridiculous range

  • 01/10/2008 1:00 pm in

For most players, the distance on the shots I am about to show you would not be acceptable. Eric Gordon, however, doesn’t fit into that category. He’s shooting 44.6 percent from behind the arc this season and nearly 50 percent from the field. In other words, if he’s open, he should shoot. Case closed. Here’s a look at where Gordon was set up for his four made three’s in Tuesday’s 78-64 win at Michigan:

1. 18:48 mark of the first half; Estimated distance: 24 feet

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2. 17:12 mark of the first half; Estimated distance: 25 feet

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3. 8:39 mark of the first half; Estimated distance: 28 feet

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4. 18:36 mark of the second half; Estimated distance: 25 feet

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For your reference, the three-point line is 19-9 and the NBA line is 23-9. Indiana’s had its fair share of shooters: Calbert Cheaney, Brian Evans, A.J. Guyton, Roderick Wilmont and Kyle Hornsby immediately come to mind from my days of watching the Hoosiers. My question to you, ITH faithful: Is Gordon the best shooter you’ve seen in the Cream and Crimson? If not, who is? Your thoughts are welcome in the comments.

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  • Stephen

    Mandeville, Eggers, and Mujesenovic…that’s classic…I had forgotten those names…How did those guys find minutes?

    Best Shooters I Have Seen/Watched In An Indiana Uniform – Great Looking Shots and Always On The Money

    1. Alford
    2. Gordon
    3. Edwards (everyone forgets Jay: the man hit on 49% of his three pointers in his career)
    4. Cheaney
    5. Guyton, Evans (tie)

    CATEGORIZED HONORABLE MENTION: (ALPHA ORDER)

    STREAKSTERS: Coverdale, Ratliff, Recker, Strickland, Vaden, Wilmont, Wright

    MONEY BUT NO SUPER STAR LOVE: P. Graham, Hornsby, Leary, Reed, Tapak

  • Stephen

    Mandeville, Eggers, and Mujesenovic…that’s classic…I had forgotten those names…How did those guys find minutes?

    Best Shooters I Have Seen/Watched In An Indiana Uniform – Great Looking Shots and Always On The Money

    1. Alford
    2. Gordon
    3. Edwards (everyone forgets Jay: the man hit on 49% of his three pointers in his career)
    4. Cheaney
    5. Guyton, Evans (tie)

    CATEGORIZED HONORABLE MENTION: (ALPHA ORDER)

    STREAKSTERS: Coverdale, Ratliff, Recker, Strickland, Vaden, Wilmont, Wright

    MONEY BUT NO SUPER STAR LOVE: P. Graham, Hornsby, Leary, Reed, Tapak

  • jeff thomas

    Who do you all think would win in a game of H.O.R.S.E? I’d take Alford. Gordon would be the better ultra long range shooter, but Alford would take him to the free throw line and slowly, over 500 shots if need be, grind him into dust. But if the minimum shot was 25 feet, Gordon wins 10 out of 10 games. Just my opinion. It’s great that IU has had both of them.

  • jeff thomas

    Who do you all think would win in a game of H.O.R.S.E? I’d take Alford. Gordon would be the better ultra long range shooter, but Alford would take him to the free throw line and slowly, over 500 shots if need be, grind him into dust. But if the minimum shot was 25 feet, Gordon wins 10 out of 10 games. Just my opinion. It’s great that IU has had both of them.

  • SocksShortsSwish

    I think by my user name, you know who I’m putting #1. And it’s just because of what Jeff Thomas just posted above me. To me, shooting a free throw is the most basic skill in being a good shooter.

    1. Alford
    2. Gordon
    3. Evans (was the shoulder brace hampering or did it guide his motion?)
    4. Guyton
    5. Smart (please continue to take me seriously, even though this is a joke #5 pick. but anyone who hits “the shot” deserves a shout-out. for me, kyle hornsby goes here.)

  • plane1972

    Bracey Wright does not belong on this list. Jay Edwards was amazing! Brian Evans could apparently shoot from anywhere on the court in practice, but you know the reins under Knight during games were pretty tight. Alford was the only guy I remember with 100% green light. Calbert was solid from three, but should be remembered more for his amazing mid-range game. Wittman and Kitchell didn’t have the three-point line to test.

  • plane1972

    Bracey Wright does not belong on this list. Jay Edwards was amazing! Brian Evans could apparently shoot from anywhere on the court in practice, but you know the reins under Knight during games were pretty tight. Alford was the only guy I remember with 100% green light. Calbert was solid from three, but should be remembered more for his amazing mid-range game. Wittman and Kitchell didn’t have the three-point line to test.

  • SocksShortsSwish

    I think by my user name, you know who I’m putting #1. And it’s just because of what Jeff Thomas just posted above me. To me, shooting a free throw is the most basic skill in being a good shooter.

    1. Alford
    2. Gordon
    3. Evans (was the shoulder brace hampering or did it guide his motion?)
    4. Guyton
    5. Smart (please continue to take me seriously, even though this is a joke #5 pick. but anyone who hits “the shot” deserves a shout-out. for me, kyle hornsby goes here.)

  • If I may shift gears for a moment gentleman, Eric Gordon vs. The Hurricane, who would win?

    Gordon, Gordon!!

    Hold on, Hold on, Hold on. The name of the Hurricane is Hurricane Gordon.

  • If I may shift gears for a moment gentleman, Eric Gordon vs. The Hurricane, who would win?

    Gordon, Gordon!!

    Hold on, Hold on, Hold on. The name of the Hurricane is Hurricane Gordon.

  • Martin

    1. Evans
    2. Gordon
    3. Alford
    4. Guyton
    5. Edwards

    I’m biased towards Evans. Loved his style of play.

  • Martin

    1. Evans
    2. Gordon
    3. Alford
    4. Guyton
    5. Edwards

    I’m biased towards Evans. Loved his style of play.

  • Tom

    i seem to remember neil reed having some range.

  • Tom

    i seem to remember neil reed having some range.

  • widget

    Eric Gordon is a ridiculous talent. His range is truly limitless. Mainly because he’s not even thinking about it. Catch and shoot. Bang. The confidence level for this freshman is off the charts.

    Where does he rank among the best? Hard to say because we’ll never really know. This guy has a pro game and will soon join it’s ranks. Here’s my take, anyway.

    1. Cheany
    2. Gordon
    3. Alford
    4. Evans
    5. Kitchel/Wittman tie
    6. Guyton

  • widget

    Eric Gordon is a ridiculous talent. His range is truly limitless. Mainly because he’s not even thinking about it. Catch and shoot. Bang. The confidence level for this freshman is off the charts.

    Where does he rank among the best? Hard to say because we’ll never really know. This guy has a pro game and will soon join it’s ranks. Here’s my take, anyway.

    1. Cheany
    2. Gordon
    3. Alford
    4. Evans
    5. Kitchel/Wittman tie
    6. Guyton

  • ronb

    MIKEY M, thanks for the article about Jimmy Rayl !!

  • ronb

    MIKEY M, thanks for the article about Jimmy Rayl !!

  • MPmike

    How can you forget Jay Edwards from Marion, IN. Edwards and Lyndon Jones were the dynamic duo from Marion High School(produced stars such as Zack Randolph, Mays etc..) The two won three straight High School Championships under Hall of Fame Coach Bill Green back in the mid to late eighties.

    Jay Edwards made every shot look easy with his silky smooth touch and mid to long range shot. Edwards holds the IU Freshman record for points- 38 at Minnesota. He was also one of the best clutch shooters in college basketball history just ask Glen Rice and the Michigan Team along with Kendall Gill, Nick Anderson and the Illinois team that had to face Edwards.

    Here are the top 10 best shooters that played at IU: After Eric Gordon’s career is over, he might be #1 or #2.

    1. Jay Edwards
    2. Steve Alford
    3. Jimmy Rayl
    4. Mike Woodson
    5. Randy Wittman
    6. Ted Kitchel
    7. Brian Evans
    8. Calbert Cheaney
    9. A.J. Guyton
    10. Pat Graham

    Honorable mention:

    Kyle Hornsby
    Damon Bailey
    Scott May
    John Laskowski
    Steve Green
    Kreigh Smith
    Neil Reed- (Did he transfer?)
    Marty Simmons- (Transfer to Evansville)
    Todd Leary
    Robert Vaden- (Transfer to UAB)

    I know I forgot a few but this is a good list.

  • MPmike

    How can you forget Jay Edwards from Marion, IN. Edwards and Lyndon Jones were the dynamic duo from Marion High School(produced stars such as Zack Randolph, Mays etc..) The two won three straight High School Championships under Hall of Fame Coach Bill Green back in the mid to late eighties.

    Jay Edwards made every shot look easy with his silky smooth touch and mid to long range shot. Edwards holds the IU Freshman record for points- 38 at Minnesota. He was also one of the best clutch shooters in college basketball history just ask Glen Rice and the Michigan Team along with Kendall Gill, Nick Anderson and the Illinois team that had to face Edwards.

    Here are the top 10 best shooters that played at IU: After Eric Gordon’s career is over, he might be #1 or #2.

    1. Jay Edwards
    2. Steve Alford
    3. Jimmy Rayl
    4. Mike Woodson
    5. Randy Wittman
    6. Ted Kitchel
    7. Brian Evans
    8. Calbert Cheaney
    9. A.J. Guyton
    10. Pat Graham

    Honorable mention:

    Kyle Hornsby
    Damon Bailey
    Scott May
    John Laskowski
    Steve Green
    Kreigh Smith
    Neil Reed- (Did he transfer?)
    Marty Simmons- (Transfer to Evansville)
    Todd Leary
    Robert Vaden- (Transfer to UAB)

    I know I forgot a few but this is a good list.

  • IU Marine

    The first guy that came to my mind is Pat Graham. He could shoot light out. He was like Alford that he needed picks to get open. He also suffured with re-occurring foot injuries which reduced his productivity.

  • IU Marine

    The first guy that came to my mind is Pat Graham. He could shoot light out. He was like Alford that he needed picks to get open. He also suffured with re-occurring foot injuries which reduced his productivity.

  • Neb

    I believe that Wittman and Kitchel had a 3 point line for 1 year – the Big Ten experimented with it for a brief time. As I recall, the line was at 22 or 23 feet and Knight’s (who had always been against the 3 point line) comment at the time was, “Sure, put in a 3 point line…there’s only three guys in the league who can hit it and I’ve got two of’em.”

    Say what you want about Knight, but he did have style …

  • Neb

    I believe that Wittman and Kitchel had a 3 point line for 1 year – the Big Ten experimented with it for a brief time. As I recall, the line was at 22 or 23 feet and Knight’s (who had always been against the 3 point line) comment at the time was, “Sure, put in a 3 point line…there’s only three guys in the league who can hit it and I’ve got two of’em.”

    Say what you want about Knight, but he did have style …

  • ALH ’00

    Jay Edwards was AWESOME and could drain it from anywhere. Growing up, I remember seeing the Marion/Concord (Sean Kemp) semi-state game in 1987, a pre-season exhibition in Fort Wayne in ’88, and once in the Hall in ’88-’89. (I hope I have my years right). I also remember him with the Ft. Wayne Fury…where he could still jack up the three ball.

    On that note, also AWESOME were Alford, Cheaney, Evans, and Guyton.

    I have to say, though, I’ve never seen a better basketball player (at IU) that EJ. (The older crowd must forgive my lack of knowledge pre-1984-ish). Kid has got it all (even passing and D, despite what some here say…he’d be a great passer if teammates were looking and/or could catch his sometimes “brisk” passes)

    My Bottom Line:
    1. EJ
    2. Jay Edwards
    3. Alford
    4. Guyton
    5. Evans

  • ALH ’00

    Jay Edwards was AWESOME and could drain it from anywhere. Growing up, I remember seeing the Marion/Concord (Sean Kemp) semi-state game in 1987, a pre-season exhibition in Fort Wayne in ’88, and once in the Hall in ’88-’89. (I hope I have my years right). I also remember him with the Ft. Wayne Fury…where he could still jack up the three ball.

    On that note, also AWESOME were Alford, Cheaney, Evans, and Guyton.

    I have to say, though, I’ve never seen a better basketball player (at IU) that EJ. (The older crowd must forgive my lack of knowledge pre-1984-ish). Kid has got it all (even passing and D, despite what some here say…he’d be a great passer if teammates were looking and/or could catch his sometimes “brisk” passes)

    My Bottom Line:
    1. EJ
    2. Jay Edwards
    3. Alford
    4. Guyton
    5. Evans

  • MPmike

    ALH:

    You’re pretty close with the years. Jay Edwards’ Freshman year was after IU’s 1987 Championship. He only played two years at IU before entering the NBA. His years were from 1987-1988, 1988-1989.

    Edwards also played against Damon Bailey and Bedford North Lawrence in the High School final four at Market Square Arena in one of the three championships.

  • MPmike

    ALH:

    You’re pretty close with the years. Jay Edwards’ Freshman year was after IU’s 1987 Championship. He only played two years at IU before entering the NBA. His years were from 1987-1988, 1988-1989.

    Edwards also played against Damon Bailey and Bedford North Lawrence in the High School final four at Market Square Arena in one of the three championships.

  • McNick

    I also agree that Bracey Wright should not be on this list.

  • McNick

    I also agree that Bracey Wright should not be on this list.

  • schabel22

    You guys are forgetting Pat Graham…best pure shooter I have ever seen.

  • schabel22

    You guys are forgetting Pat Graham…best pure shooter I have ever seen.

  • Douglas

    What about Kent “The Brick” Benson?

  • Douglas

    What about Kent “The Brick” Benson?

  • Derek

    Ok I hate to tell you Gordon is definitely a better player all around then alford but…..
    Steve Alford shot freaking 54% from 3 his senior year!!!! Jay Edwards was the prettiest shooter I have ever seen!!!! Gordon ended the season something like 10-57 from 3pt range!!! Alford and Edwards never did that!!!

  • Derek

    Ok I hate to tell you Gordon is definitely a better player all around then alford but…..
    Steve Alford shot freaking 54% from 3 his senior year!!!! Jay Edwards was the prettiest shooter I have ever seen!!!! Gordon ended the season something like 10-57 from 3pt range!!! Alford and Edwards never did that!!!