The Los Angeles Clippers’ Eric Gordon and the New Jersey Nets’ Brook Lopez today were named the Western and Eastern Conference T-Mobile Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in January.
Gordon, who edged out Minnesota’s Kevin Love for Western Conference Rookie of the Month, ranked first among rookies in scoring for the month (21.9 ppg), fourth in assists (4.1 apg) and first in minutes (41.1 mpg). In addition, the first-year guard led all Western Conference rookies in free throw percentage (.907 %). Gordon scored a career-high 41 points (13-28 FG, 6-6 FT) vs. the Thunder on Jan. 23, the most points ever scored by a Clippers rookie, besting Al Thornton’s 39-point performance on March 29, 2008.
Gordon’s True Shooting percentage for the month was 57.8%, which also happens to be his season number. Number one among rookies in TS%? That would be DeAndre Jordan.