Seems like Gordon is a darling on the Clippers -especially now having a chance to make the dunk contest. Milph are really impressed with him, as are most on this blog. Thing is, he seems to be making a lot of bad plays this year by turning over the ball too frequently, often getting rejected or missing at the rack, missing too many FTAs, and missing wide-open jump shots. Yes, he plays really good D, but hasn't he received a little too much acclaim at this early point in his career.
Case in point: A lot of people on this site don't seem to like Thornton's game. Milph say that he looks lost out there. Let's do a quick comparison with Gordon: Thornton has a higher overall shooting percentage, a higher FT shooting percentage, and yes, even a higher 3-point shooting percentage (although admittedly taking far fewer 3s) than Gordon. Thornton averages twice as many rebounds per 48 minutes (6.7 vs 3.3). Per 48 minutes, by adding assists, steals, and blocks, minus rebounds, Gordon is only slightly better at 2.7 vs 2.3. While Thornton isn't exactly a defensive stopper, he does try hard on D and is a relatively more versatile defender, defending both wings and post players. While they are not the same type of player and don't play the same role on the team, both are considered wing-type players and are required to shoot and slash.
The point I am making is that Gordon's stock seems a little too inflated and Thornton's stock seems undervalued relative to Gordon's on this blog and by Milph. Why is that?