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Former NBA Star Dies in Car Accident

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Drew Gordon, elder sibling of Denver Nuggets star Aaron Gordon, lost his life in a vehicular accident in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday, May 30, 2024. His agent, Calvin Andrews, confirmed the unfortunate news. Gordon was 33.

Gordon was born and raised in San Jose, California. He gained recognition for his basketball prowess at Archbishop Mitty High School, securing a place among the top 50 players in the class of 2008. His skills and dedication landed him a place at UCLA, and his subsequent transfer to New Mexico solidified his reputation as a formidable player.

His collegiate basketball career began at UCLA. Despite attracting interest from top-tier programs like Duke, North Carolina, and Arizona, Gordon chose UCLA but later transferred to the University of New Mexico after two seasons.

During his tenure at New Mexico, Gordon averaged over 13 points and 10 rebounds per game, piquing the interest of NBA scouts. His standout senior year saw him lead the Mountain West in rebounding with 11.1 per game. He also contributed significantly to the Lobos’ Mountain West Championship win and their journey to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Despite impressive collegiate performance, Gordon was not selected in the 2012 NBA Draft. He played for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Summer League, which opened up numerous professional opportunities. Gordon’s career spanned the G League and several international leagues. His lone NBA stint was with the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2014-15 season, where he played in nine games before being waived in December 2014.

For almost a decade, Gordon played professional basketball in various countries including Italy, France, Turkey, Japan, Serbia, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, and Russia. A notable moment in his international career was being named an All-Star in France in 2015, while playing for Champagne Châlons-Reims.

Gordon retired from professional basketball in 2023, leaving behind a legacy of dedication and international acclaim.

The loss of Gordon has created a significant gap in the basketball world and among his loved ones. He leaves behind his wife, Angela, and their three children. His younger brother, Aaron Gordon, who is known for his athletic dunks, plays for the Denver Nuggets.

“Drew was more than just a brother to me,” Aaron Gordon stated. “He was my role model and my biggest supporter. Words can’t express how much he will be missed.”

The Denver Nuggets organization extended their sympathies, stating, “Drew left this world far too soon, but his legacy will endure through his three wonderful children and all his loved ones.”

Drew Gordon will be remembered in the basketball community for his contributions both on and off the court. His commitment, hard work, and love for his family and friends will continue to be treasured.

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