Gordon trying to ride out tough year

Former Bull Ben Gordon has gone 18 games with out a 20-point game. Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images

AUBURN HILLS, Mich -- If Ben Gordon regrets signing with the Pistons, he certainly isn't showing it publicly.

Gordon, the former Bulls first-round pick, has struggled mightily this season after signing a five-year, $55 million deal with the Pistons. After averaging close to 20 points a year during his first five seasons in Chicago, Gordon is averaging just 13 points per game in Detroit, while battling various injuries and inconsistent playing time.

"It's just kind of a roller-coaster year," he said before Sunday night's game. "Kind of everything that could go wrong has went wrong with this season, this year. Injuries. Just everything. Kind of being in a new system and playing with new guys and a new coach and everything like that. It's been tough, but I'm just going to use it as a learning experience and try and get better from it for next year."

The Connecticut alumnus is shooting a career-low 30 percent from behind the 3-point line and hasn't scored 20 points in a game since chipping in 21 against the Spurs on Feb. 21, a span of 18 games. He has played in 53 games this season.

"It's been crazy, man," Gordon said. "Starting the year off, I was probably one of the most consistent guys on the team. Before I got injured or any of the other things started to happen. To kind of start having a decent year, the team playing OK, about .500 basketball, to have it kind of go downward is tough. I don't know. I really don't know what to attribute [the struggles] to. It's just one of those seasons. I just got to get better from it and move on. And not let that affect how I approach the future."

For their part, the Bulls seemed to have moved on without Gordon. Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro admitted that he really doesn't keep track of Gordon's stats anymore.

"I can't control what other players are doing on other teams," Del Negro said. "Every situation's different. Who you're playing with, schedule, injuries, [what] system you're in. All that stuff has an effect. I just concentrate on our team and what we're doing."

That is what Gordon is trying to do as well. While he admits to still watching his former team on television sometimes, he says he hasn't really thought about what it would be like to still be helping them win games in Chicago.

"I definitely [watch] them," he said. "They've still got exciting players, [like] D. Rose. A lot of guys I played with and have good memories with. I'm always watching just to see how they're doing. How they're playing. But [the thought of still being able to help] hasn't crossed my mind much."

While the thought of Gordon still playing in a Bulls uniform still runs through some fans' heads, the constant debate over whether the Bulls should have kept him or not appears to have subsided. Gordon may not regret signing with the Pistons, but his numbers this season would appear to tell a different story.