Eric Gordon is a National Basketball Association (NBA) star who plays for the Houston Rockets as a shooting guard. Since making it to the NBA at the 2008 Draft, he has gone on to make many achievements both as an individual and as a member of the different teams he has played for such as the Los Angeles Clippers and the New Orleans Pelicans. Here is all to know about him.
Eric Gordon Biography
The basketball star was born Eric Ambrose Gordon Jr. on December 25, 1988, in Indianapolis which is also where he was brought up. Just as you would rightly guess, he began playing basketball since he was just a child. Nonetheless, even before deciding to settle for basketball, he played soccer before he was 5 before moving quickly to basketball.
By the time he was only seven, Gordon had already started playing competitive basketball and was already making clear 3 points playing in the JCC leagues. He went to the Fox Hill Elementary School for his education and from there he moved to the Northview Middle School and then the North Central High School.
Gordon was a great basketball player in high school days and there were different colleges that were interested in having him over including the University of Illinois, Duke, and Notre Dame. Nonetheless, it was the Indiana University Bloomington that he decided on going to the utmost disappointment of Illinois fans.
Regarding his college career, Eric Gordon made significant achievements including becoming the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and setting a 669 point record for IU as well as Big Ten. With many other records, he announced that he was entering for the 2008 NBA draft in which the Los Angeles Clippers picked him as the seventh pick.
Eric remained with the team until the 2011/2012 season when he was traded alongside Chris Kaman and Al-Farouq Aminu, to the New Orleans Pelicans for Chris Paul. At the 2016–17 season, he signed for the Houston Rockets.
Since he became a part of the NBA in 2008, he has also made some achievements such as becoming the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2017 and the NBA Three-Point Contest champion for the same year. In 2009, he made the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.
In 2010, Eric Gordon represented the United States at the FIBA Basketball World Cup which the country went on to win.
Brother, Girlfriend, and Wife
Eric Gordon has two other brothers, Eron Gordon, and Evan Gordon. All the brothers are into basketball with Evan now playing for the Arizona State Sun Devils men’s basketball while Eron is with the Seton Hall Pirates men’s basketball.
When he was 19 years old, a picture of the NBA star in which he was partying with friends and some girls was released, causing some outrage against him in some quarters. Nevertheless, as time would show, he is not the one who is involved with many women as his girlfriend is not known. Obviously, he has no wife and has never been married.
The first contract signed by Eric Gordon in the NBA saw him taking $2,623,200. His maximum salary with the Los Angeles Clippers before he moved to New Orleans Pelicans was $3,016,680. With the Pelicans, he received $13,668,750 in 2012/2013 before getting a maximum salary of $15,514,031. His present Salary with the Houston Rockets is $12,943,020. For his net worth, it has been placed at $68 million dollars even though that is not confirmed.
Because he is a basketball player, it is only right for one to expect that the Houston Rockets man has a good height and body build. He does, measuring a height of 6 feet 4 inch (1.93 m) and a body weight of 215 lb (98 kg).
After deciding to Join Indiana University over Illinois, he alongside his family was targeted by angry fans who booed them and even threw things at them because they felt betrayed by the player who had at first given his words to play for the university.
The people who have influenced Eric and his brothers to play basketball are their parents, Eric Gordon Sr. and Denise Gordon. When the 3 boys were growing up and their father was looking for a home, his quest was to get an ideal place for them to play basketball.
Even though playing basketball is his sport and profession, Gordon is a strong fan of baseball.