Benjamin "Ben" Gordon (born April 4, 1983) is a British American professional basketball player. He currently plays for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. In college he played both shooting guard and point guard for the University of Connecticut.
He is the only player to receive the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award as a rookie. Gordon is second in career three point field goals for the Chicago Bulls, behind Kirk Hinrich.
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 with 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, his rookie year, Gordon averaged 15.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while playing 24.2 minutes per game. Gordon also finished with 21 double-digit fourth quarter point performances, second to only LeBron James' 22 in the NBA. 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.
Gordon has scored 40 points or more in a game twice over a span of two weeks. 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. Gordon accepted the Bulls' one-year qualifying offer of $6.4 million after being unable to secure the contract that he was hoping for. He was an unrestricted free agent after the 2008–09 season. On December 27, 2008, Gordon passed Scottie Pippen as the Chicago Bulls' career leader in three-pointers made.
Gordon signed a five-year deal for $55 million with the Detroit Pistons starting with the 2009–10 season. With the Pistons, Gordon continued his role as a sixth-man off the bench. On January 9, 2010, Gordon scored the 10-millionth point in NBA history. On March 21, 2012, Gordon scored 45 points, making 9 out of 9 3-point field goal attempts, which tied an NBA record.
On April 1, 2008, Gordon was named to the shortlist for the British national basketball team. In 2010, he stated that he intends to represent Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics. Gordon is eligible for the team by virtue of his British birth and dual citizenship.
Gordon had represented the United States at the 2003 Pan American Games.