The Orlando Magic selected Aaron Gordon from Arizona with the fourth pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday, surprising many as Australian point guard Dante Exum fell to them. Many had pegged Exum as the Magic’s most favored pick because of their point guard need.
Orlando went well off the board in going for the athletic Aaron Gordon.
Gordon averaged 12.4 points per game and 8.0 rebounds per game for Arizona. He is a crazy good athlete as someone who can jump out of the gym. And he loves to play basketball. While many of the freshmen shirked the U19 FIBA World Championship, Gordon went there and averaged 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. He did not duck the responsibilities of being a star on that team.
Gordon shot 49.5 percent in college, which is not a good sign for a player who played so close to the basket. Gordon is not a good shooter at all. Like, not a good shooter at all (h/t Tyler Lashbrook of Orlando Pinstriped Post):
That is a lot of space. Gordon is not a jump shooter as his 42 percent free throw shooting shows. Gordon has a lot to improve upon.
We will get into that more when I do a full scouting report in the coming days.
For now, the Magic await the 12th overall pick and have stocked up with a super athletic player in Aaron Gordon to try and throw lobs to. He is a good player and has all that potential with that athleticism. Gordon was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and a 3rd-Team All-American by Sporting News.
This is not to be hard on Gordon. He will get better. And he has the drive to improve.