At tonight’s NBA Awards, Eric Gordon was named the Sixth Man of the Year over fellow finalists Lou Williams and Andre Iguodala. Gordon was a key player this year for the Houston Rockets, as he added a scoring punch off the bench by averaging just over 16 points per game. Gordon made his money from behind the three point line, as he averaged 3.3 made threes per game to go along with a 37.2% three point percentage.
This was Gordon’s ninth season in the league, and his first with Houston. Gordon appeared in 75 games this season, and helped lead the Rockets to a 55-27 record and the 3 seed in the Western Conference. The Rockets knocked off the Oklahoma City Thunder, led by MVP favorite Russell Westbrook, in five games in the first round of the playoffs, but were then knocked off by the San Antonio Spurs in six games in the Western Conference Semifinals. Gordon averaged almost 19 points per game in his second playoff appearance and averaged four assists to go along with it. Gordon will return to Houston next year as he enters the second year of his four-year $52 million contract with the Rockets.