Aaron GordonHt/Wt: 6' 9" / 220 lbs
2014 Draft Profile - Aaron GordonThe top player on the west coast this season was supposed to be a freshman at Arizona. The Wildcats have had a splendid year to date and are the outright Pac-12 champions, but forward Aaron Gordon has not played up to the hype he received coming into this season.
Donít take this as me bashing Gordon, the hype was well deserved for the 6 foot 9, 225-pounder out of San Jose. Gordon is an absolute freak athletically and was able to get away with doing whatever he wanted at the high school level. His highlight reel was probably the best out of all the current college freshman.
Gordon is averaging a solid 12 points and almost eight rebounds a game, but hasnít wowed like many expected. He was promised to play the small forward position this season by Sean Miller and mostly has. The problem with that is Gordon hasnít shown he can really shoot the ball from deep.
When he gets into the paint, Gordon is a monster. He can elevate and dunk over the defender, or simply lay it in as he is a solid finisher. He has phenomenal body control that allows him to use his great length and 40 plus vertical in traffic to score.
Another great attribute Gordon has is his ball handling. For a small forward at the next level to truly succeed, they must be able to get up and down the floor with the dribble, and he can do that.
While he has played mostly the three at Arizona, Gordon is a dreaded tweener. He does possess solid post moves, but would he be able to bang in the paint for 82 games a season?
He truly struggles outside of the paint to make a shoot. Shooting almost 44 percent from the free-throw line is a glaring weakness for someone who goes there about five times a night. This is definitely the first thing he needs to work on to be a successful pro. If he can improve the stroke, the next thing to work on would be his foot speed.
While he isnít necessarily slow by any means, he isnít someone you want guarding a quick small forward. He doesnít get by opponents at the next level and this will continue to hurt him since the defense can slouch off him and dare him to shoot.
Player profile submitted by: Elliot Cook of Lakers Nation - March 7th
Gordon is a highlight reel waiting to happen. His athleticism is jaw dropping, and is a key contributor one a winning team. At 6ft9, 220lbs, he wont turn 19 until September, his skill set and size translates perfectly in today's NBA. He can play the wing or PF in today's commonly used small ball lineups. His running and jumping forces the defense to get back quick and defend the cup. The athleticism is matched with high effort play makes him a terrific rebounder and impacts on defense and hustle play. There is still alot of refining to do in Aaron's game but he has a nice stroke with 3pt range and with more reps should be an adequate catch and shoot threat from 3.
Gordon should have no problems providing value to the NBA, he has the tools of a top 5 pick but his ceiling as an offensive player has questions. His FT% is dreadful and hinders the amount of touches he gets in iso or postup situations.
Gordon might be a bit of a project year 1, but will have no problem making an impact defensively or on the glass, his athleticism and hustle play alone will allow him to be a 10-14pt scorer, if he can become an average FT shooter and add substance in the form of a consistent shot, post up, or iso game there is potential to be a 20pt scorer and All Star.
Right now a comp would be Josh Smith with less character issues.
Player profile submitted by: Tom Patterson - March 7th
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