Guard for the Chicago Bulls
Ben Gordon Speaker Profile
Basketball player, Ben Gordon, was born on April 4, 1983 in London, England. Gordon plays pro basketball for the NBA's Chicago Bulls. In college he played both shooting guard and point guard for the University of Connecticut.
Ben Gordon moved to the United States shortly after his birth, and grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. Gordon played high school basketball for the Mount Vernon Knights, where he helped lead them to the 2000 New York State Public and Federation Championships. Gordon was an All-State player at Mount Vernon and a top 40 national recruit. He was heavily recruited by Seton Hall, but decided to attend UCONN. While playing college basketball with Connecticut, Gordon helped lead the Huskies to the 2004 NCAA championship along with second overall pick, Emeka Okafor. Gordon was picked 3rd overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 2004 NBA Draft and in the 2007-08 season lead the team in points scored per game.
Before the 2004 NBA Draft, Gordon thought that he would be drafted anywhere from 7th to 12th, but as the draft got closer he claimed to have an inkling that the Bulls might draft him third as they did Michael Jordan 20 years earlier in the 1984 NBA Draft. "I'm a guy who looks at the significance of numbers a lot. Before the draft, I had no idea I'd get drafted third. I thought I was going to go anywhere from 7th to 12th. As we started getting closer and I started to get an inkling that the Bulls could be a team that I could end up playing for, I started to look at the numbers. Michael Jordan was drafted by the Bulls and he was the third pick just like you." Gordon wore the number 4 on his jersey in high school and college, but has to wear the number 7 with the Bulls due to the number 4 being retired. Gordon said, "I wore No. 4 my whole career but, of course, Jerry Sloan already had that number beforehand (it has been since retired by the organization) so there wasn't much I could do about it. So all I did was just [put together] being the third pick with my old No. 4. That's why I wear No. 7."
In the 2004-05 season, Gordon's rookie year, he averaged 15.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while playing 24.2 minutes per game. Gordon finished with the second most double-digit fourth quarter point performances in the NBA with 21 behind LeBron James' 22. Gordon helped lead the Bulls to their first playoff appearance since the Jordan era ended in 1998. After the season, Gordon became the first rookie in NBA history to be awarded the NBA Sixth Man Award. Gordon was also the NBA's Eastern Conference Rookie of The Month 3 times (January, February, and March), and was also voted onto the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
On April 14, 2006 in a Bulls win over the Washington Wizards, Ben Gordon tied the record for the most consecutive three-pointers made in a game without a miss with 9. Near the end of his second season in the NBA, Gordon revealed that he is in the process of making an energy drink called "BG7", named after his initials and jersey number. Gordon unveiled the drink at One Sixty Blue, a restaurant co-owned by Michael Jordan. The drink is made with white tea, which has a very high amount of antioxidants, and the most polyphenols of any tea.
Over the span of two weeks, Gordon scored at least 40 points in a game on two occasions. Later on March 4, 2007, he established a career high 48 points, leading a miraculous comeback effort to win 126-121 in overtime against the Milwaukee Bucks.
In Gordon's hometown of Mount Vernon, NY, there is an annual "Ben Gordon Day In The Park", which is sponsored by the city and the Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club. Gordon hosts a basketball camp run by "Five Star Camp". Throughout his college and NBA career, Gordon has been given nicknames including "Gentle Ben" and "Madison Square Gordon" Gordon also has an energy drink called "BG7", named after his initials and number on his jersey
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