Jamal Crawford believes better times are ahead for Ben Gordon, who will play for the Charlotte Bobcats come next season. Although Gordon failed to produce last season as a starter, it’s possible that he may not have been prepared for the truncated season – he expected the lockout to last for two seasons. Why Joe Dumars signed him to a $55 million contract in the first place remains a mystery, given the fact that Richard Hamilton was still on the team and played Gordon’s position. Needless to say, the situation never panned out, as Gordon never could find his niche as a backup. His average dipped to 13.8 points in his first season with the Pistons and bottomed out at 11.2 points in his second season, before bringing it back up to 12.5 points last season – still well below expectations. Gordon has a chance to renew his career as a prolific scorer with the rebuilding Bobcats, but will have to compete with Gerald Henderson – the current starting shooting guard – for playing time.