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Why Eric Gordon is not worth the risk.

So I can tell that maybe besides the no brainer of going after Deron Williams, that Eric Gordon is the name of intrigue in Pacer country. And there are things to like. He's an IU boy, he can create his own shot and fill it up. From all i've heard, he is a high character guy. But unfortunately there is only one thing that should affect Larry Bird's decision making in this matter. Injury Prone.

I like all fans have thought and said among friends and peers "If he just hadn't of got hurt......." in regards to many players. But reality is such. Injury prone players simply get injured. If your still doubting me, I will list all recent injury prone labeled players in the NBA of recent that I can think of, and check their health history to see if they have beaten the injury proned rap.

1.Yao Ming. Fairly obvious here. For years we heard commentators and sports writers talk of his dominance when healthy. However after missing just 2 games in his first 3 years in the league, injuries took their toll. In the final 5 years of his brief career, he played in only 242 of a possible 410 regular season games and last year his foot injuries became such a problem that he retired.

Verdict on actually being injury prone. Guilty.

2.Ray Allen. Not one of the first names you think of when injury prone players come to mind. However, in his 7 seasons with the Bucks, he missed 80 of a possible 574 regular season games essentially a full season. In the following 5 years in Seattle he missed 114 of a possible 410 regular season games. And lastly in his latest 5 year stint in Boston, he has missed 36 of a possible 394. In total 230 games missed coming up short of nearly 3 full years of NBA games, which makes his 3 Point record all the more impressive.

Verdict on actually being injury prone. Guilty This one is too tough to call, on one hand he has no doubt had a great career and makes people forget about the missed games. On the other, nearly 3 full years of games is alot of time to miss. However the final call for me is the fact that he has played at least 29 games every year, which tells me that he misses a chunk of games frequently to add up to 230 games total.

3.Brook Lopez. Once touted as a potential key piece in acquiring Dwight Howard earlier this year, Lopez played in just 5 games this year. However he missed just 8 games in his first 3 years in the league.

Verdict on actually being injury prone. Jury is still out. We will have to wait and see in the next couple of years to see if his foot problems linger like Yao's.

4.Tyson Chandler. Chandler has been around for 11 years now, and that means a possible 886 games. Tyson has played in 724 of those possible games meaning he has missed 162 games in his career, almost exactly 2 years worth. Also of the 11 years, he has only played in at least 80 games only once.

Verdict on actually being injury prone. Guilty. While the last 2 years with his championship and DPOY award make him look better, before that was just way too many games missed.

5.Baron Davis. For years Baron teased scouts with his talent, only to prove the investment wasn't warranted with injuries and laziness. After not missing a game in his first three years in the league, in the following 10 years it was a much different story. In the possible 804 games to play in Baron played in just 589 of those games, meaning 215 games missed just over 2 and a half years worth.

Verdict on actually being injury prone. Guilty.

6.Elton Brand. Brand has played 13 years in the NBA and of a possible 1050 games, Elton has played in 860 of those games missing 190 games for just over 2 years of games. However the bulk of his missed games have come in the past few years, and thus I attribute this to older age.

Verdict on actually being injury prone. Not Guilty.

7.Andrew Bogut. After not missing a game in his rookie year, the last 6 years he has missed 150 of a possible 476 games, nearly 33 percent.

Verdict on actually being injury prone. Guilty. This one is easy, he has always had the talent to become a dominant big man in this league, but just can't stay healthy.

8.Steph Curry. After missing 10 games his first 2 years, Curry missed 40 games this year with an ankle that never seemed to get better.

Verdict on actually being injury prone. Jury still out.

9.Caron Butler. A classic what if case. Always showed flashes of being the solid scoring option, but never could stay healthy and thus bounced from team to team. In his 10 years out of a possible 804 games he played in 652 games, missing 152 games approaching 2 years worth. The past 2 years are fresh in our minds, with him being hurt in the playoffs.

Verdict on actually being injury prone. Guilty. For a player of his talent to be on 5 teams in 10 years, tells you that more than one team has given up on the injuries.

10.Andrew Bynum. Not much to be said here. after playing in 82 games in the 06/07 season, Bynum has not played in more than 65 games in a year since. Tons of talent, but not much use in a suit.

Verdict on actually being injury prone. Guilty. And really, it will only get worse with age.

11.Grant Hill. Also a obvious one. In his 17 years in the league, out of a possible 1378 games, he has played in just 997 of those games missing 381 games! Almost 5 whole years. Hill could've been one of the greats, but injuries can stop even the best.

Verdict on actually being injury prone. Guilty.

12.Micheal Redd. And another obvious one. Played in just 629 of a possible 968 games, missing 339 games. Around 4 years.

Verdict on actually being injury prone. Guilty. Great guy, when he was healthy he could nail that 3, but missed far too much time.

13.Carlos Boozer. Only twice in his career has it made it to at least 80 games in a year. Playing in 635 out of a possible 804 games missing 169 games, just over 2 years worth.

Verdict on actually being injury prone. Guilty.

14.Marcus Camby. Tough. Gritty. But njury prone. Missed 347 out of a possible 1296 games in his long career. Over 4 years worth of games. He has bounced from team to team as that tough rebounder, but never could last as his injuries caught up.

Verdict on actually being injury prone. Guilty.

15.Manu Ginobili. Probably the best of this list, in terms of worth the risk. However he has missed 137 games out of a possible 804 in his career.

Verdict on actually being injury prone. Not Guilty. I imagine quite a few of his games missed were Pop saving him for the playoffs.

16.Tracey McGrady. Great player, hurt alot. Missed 276 out of a possible 1214 games in his career. Well over 3 years worth.

Verdict on actually being injury prone. Guilty.

17.Greg Oden. Nothing is needed here. Guilty.

So there you have it. 17 semi to big names who all with the exception of yao are still active. So when you weigh signing Eric Gordon ask yourself, can he avoid injury. History suggests there is little chance of that.

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