Warriors: Why They Shouldn’t Trade for Eric Gordon


Jan 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Orleans Hornets guard Eric Gordon (10) during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Hornets defeated the Sixers 111-99. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Trade talks once again surround the Warriors as they look to give away some of their starting lineup once again. The deal that is being talked about right now is Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes being traded to the Hornets for Eric Gordon. This is not a good move.

The Warriors have lost five straight, yes. That doesn’t mean that it’s time to panic. Their defense has been very spotty at best in these past couple of games, which would cause them to trade for a defender, like Tony Allen.

Trading for yet another offensive threat in Gordon wouldn’t do any good. The Warriors, no doubt, are going to make the playoffs. These losing ways aren’t going to continue, as they know how to get out of slumps.

Now that the All-Star break has given the Warriors a chance to recuperate, their defense and mindset should be straight, and they should revert back to their winning way: especially with Andrew Bogut able to play in back-to-back games. Also, the Warriors will be playing 18 out of the last 30 games at home. That’s a lot of games at Oracle.

A starting lineup of Curry, Thompson, Barnes, Lee and Bogut is one of the best in NBA. It may not be a great defensive unit, other than Bogut and Thompson, but they sure do get the job done. Allowing 140 points to the Rockets is inexusable, but imagine how angry Mark Jackson must have been. I’m 100 percent sure that the Warriors will work on their defense and comeback strong against the scorching Jazz, who they play next week.

What are the problems of trade? Eric Gordon for Klay Thompson and Barnes, then Jarrett Jack starts? Or Richard Jefferson? There’s no truly good backup small forward for the Warriors to play.

Plus, Gordon is a pure scorer, just like a man named Mr. Monta Ellis. Remember how terribly the Warriors played with two point guards in their backcourt? This is a true problem, as it’s not wise to have two scorers fighting for the possession of the ball.

Gordon is a ball-handler, and Klay Thompson isn’t. While many critics say that Curry shines in the shooting guard position, that’s not true. Curry is averaging eight assists per game, and is showing the capability of making incredible shots. He has the ability to play the point guard position.

Gordon is more of a ball-handler and driver. Thompson is 6’7, taller and better coming off screens. If hw’s given the control of the ball, he will drive right to the basket. Charles Barkley said that this backcourt isn’t working out for the Warriors, but I beg to differ. The Warriors are a lot better than their 30-22 record shows.