Ben Gordon Goes At NUMBER 3

A top ten pick seemed guaranteed but expect few were seeing the junior from Mount Vernon N.Y. to go right after his teammate.

Emeka Okafor went to Charlotte at the number 2 pick and Ben Gordon found his new home just minutes later when the Chicago Bulls selected him with the number 3 selection of the 2004 NBA draft Thursday evening.

Two who did predict Gordon were Sam Smith of the Chicago Tribune and Chad Ford of ESPN.com.

Gordon worked out for the Bulls on Tuesday, June 15th.

The Bulls traded their second round pick, Jackson Vroman from Iowa State, a conditional future first-rounder and an undisclosed sum of cash to the Phoenix Suns for the 7th overall pick, Luol Deng from Duke.

"I'm so happy to be playing for an organization like the Chicago Bulls with such a winning tradition," Gordon said on a teleconference with media at the Berto Center on Thursday night. "Hopefully myself and Luol Deng will be able to come in and uplift the franchise. Luol is a very competitive player and he's going to bring a winning attitude, just like myself, to the team."

Gordon, who is listed at 6-3 but said to play bigger than his size, will be paired with the Bulls' top pick from last year's draft, Kirk Hinrich, in the backcourt.

"Those are reasonable questions to ask," Gordon stated when asked about and how he'll fit in with the incumbent point guard. "But I think that once I get out on the court and show people what I can do that those things will start to go away."

If there is one thing he proved while at UConn, it was that he could put the ball in the hole. Gordon ranks as the sixth all-time leading scorer in Connecticut history (1,795 points) and is the school's all-time leader with 242 three-point goals made and ranks second in career three-point shooting percentage at 42.3 percent. In addition, he scored 20 or more points 39 times in his career, topping the 30-point mark five times.

"Scoring is definitely one of my strong points," Gordon said. "It's what I've been doing for a long time and it's a role I'm comfortable with. However I can help the Bulls; that is what I'm going to try and do. I'm a playmaker, a guy who can [pass and score]. And I think that is an advantage, rather than coming in and only being a guy who can only distribute the ball."


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