You seem to have grandiose expectations of a sg's career shooting percentage. Gordon's career percentage is 44 and is really close or even better than players such as vince carter, allen iverson, joe johnson, ray allen, gilbert arenas, rip hamilton etc. The only big name sg players that you'd probably find a career % that is about 46% or higher would be players like Kobe and Wade. I don't know why there is a need to criticize him and his shooting and acting like the 46% this year was a fluke, when he is one of the better shooters in the league. And keep in mind that he doesn't get the benefit of a lot of calls. If wade goes to the hole and misses a layup or just flails a shot up at the rim, the whistle will blow, so the missed shot won't count, but for gordon, it's mostly a turnover/blocked shot which takes a toll on his percentage which wouldn't happen to as many of the "star players" in the league.<quoted text>
While I understand what you are trying to say, my point is really simple. Ben Gordan is nothing more than a jump shooter. You bring up Hughes, but there is a reason why he is gone. Even if Nocioni was a ballhog at least he also brought defense, toughness, and rebounding to whatever limited offensive skill he had. Ben Gordon is a career 43% shooter..he had a good shooting year in 2009 (45%), but what happens when his shot goes to **** and he hits only 42 or 43%? Would you think he is a top 20 SG? A Gordon + Rose backcourt does not work in the long term. Keeping Gordon would mean the ball out of Rose's hands. Would you rather have the ball in Rose's or Gordon's hands? Last second shot, maybe I would trust Gordon right now, but in 99.9% of the time I rather have the ball in Rose hand's to create.
I can definitely acknowledge that gordon is pretty one-dimensional because he doesn't bring the "D" that we need, due to a combination of effort and height disadvantage, but you better believe, that I only need one hand to count the number of pure shooters better than BG in this league.
I don't think there will be a problem with Rose having the ball enough. The only time it seemed like that was a problem was the first month of the season, and BOTH Gordon and Hinrich were guilty of not letting Rose have the ball as much as he should have.
Noc was a good player about 3 years ago, until he became a ball-hogging non-defender flop machine. His intensity has gotten mistaken for good defense by many casual fans unfortunately. He turned into a horrible defender, but he was just tough, that's all. That didn't do anything but make the other teams mad. But Noc's ball hogging and turnstyle defense over the past 1.5 seasons did more damage than any of gordon's miscomings in his 6 year career.