Aaron Gordon
Aaron Gordon
23-Year-Old ForwardF
Orlando Magic
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Gordon, who will turn 23 early this season, re-upped with the Magic this summer on a four-year, $84 million contract. The former fourth overall pick out of Arizona is coming off his best year as a pro, helped by a career-high 32.9 minutes per game, though he only played 58 games due to injury (including two concussions). Gordon averaged 17.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 combined steals/blocks. He also drilled 2.0 threes per tilt at 33.6 percent after not cracking 30 percent in any of his previous three seasons. Though the increased attempts beyond the arc hurt his field-goal percentage, he managed keep his overall efficiency stable, posting an identical true shooting percentage (53.0) to 2016-17. Gordon’s consistency issues persist, but so does his upside. Last season, he recorded two forty-point games, two games with at least 15 rebounds, and 10 games with at least four assists. Assuming another year of improvement, Gordon probably won't make it past the sixth round in most Fantasy drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $80 million contract with the Magic in July of 2018.
Makes impact in win over Pelicans
FOrlando Magic
February 12, 2019
Gordon scored 20 points (6-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 6-6 FT) while adding four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 33 minutes during Tuesday's 118-88 win over the Pelicans.
ANALYSIS
While this was the first time in February he's scored at least 20 points, Gordon continues to be a consistent option in the Magic offense, scoring in double digits in 22 straight games while averaging 17.0 points, 6.9 boards, 4.1 assists and 1.3 three-pointers over that stretch. The distribution numbers are especially encouraging, as the 23-year-old only averaged a career-high 2.3 assists last season. He has yet to really put everything together, but the fourth overall pick in the 2014 draft may still have untapped upside.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Gordon will be entering his fourth year in the league during the 2017-18 campaign. He’s a true tweener, able to occupy both forward slots – a line that will be even more blurred with the addition of Jonathan Isaac (also a tweener), who the Magic took with the 6th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Gordon has seen his workload significantly rise each season, with his production following suit. Last season was largely a tale of two halves, as Orlando opted to deal starting power forward Serge Ibaka to the Raptors at the trade deadline, freeing up more time for Gordon at power forward. He saw his playing time jump from 27.6 minutes before the trade to 31.2 minutes after the trade. With Ibaka moving on, Gordon also became more of a focal point on offense. Before the All-Star break, he averaged 11.2 points and 4.6 rebounds with a true shooting percentage of 50.3. After the break, he averaged 16.4 points and 6.2 rebounds with a true shooting percentage 58.1. When considering what kind of numbers he’ll put up during next season, it seems to make sense to look largely at his post-break numbers. While he doesn’t project to be a top-tier option at the power forward slot, his athleticism, dribbling ability, and all around versatility gives him plenty of upside.
Gordon didn’t make many waves as a rookie, but showed real progress in 2015-16, resembling a player who could be a long-term starter for the Magic. As his impressive showing in the 2016 Slam Dunk Contest revealed, the 21-year-old’s athleticism is off the charts, and he did well to harness some of his impressive physical gifts and turn it into bonafide production last season. He had trouble finding his footing in coach Scott Skiles’ rotation in the early going, but once the All-Star break hit, Gordon’s numbers took off. In 27 second-half games, Gordon averaged 12.0 points (on 48.3% shooting), 7.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals in 27.9 minutes per contest. He also turned in a number of highlight-reel blocks and already looks bound to develop into a standout defender as he ages. It’s generally expected that Gordon will take another leap and emerge as a double-digit scorer during the coming season, but the Magic roster as currently constructed might make that more difficult than it seemed prior to the summer. In an attempt to upgrade their frontcourt defense, the Magic traded for Serge Ibaka in June and reeled in Bismack Biyombo in free agency, giving the team more rim protection to compensate for the more offensive-minded center Nikola Vucevic. The addition of Ibaka in particular means that less time will be available for Gordon at power forward, the position he proved to be best suited for after replacing Tobias Harris in the starting five during the second half. New Magic coach Frank Vogel has indicated that Gordon is now in line to start at small forward, which will give Orlando impressive length on the defensive end, but could hurt their overall offensive effort. For all his strengths, Gordon is just a 28.9 percent three-point shooter across 190 career attempts. He’ll need to make tremendous progress in that area this season if he hopes to hack it as a dependable small forward on the offensive end.
Gordon's rookie season was halted by foot surgery in mid-November, costing him 31 straight games. As the second-youngest player in the league last season, he recorded 5.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.5 blocks, and 0.4 steals in 17 minutes per game through 47 games. Entering the league as a 42 percent free-throw shooter in college and 48 percent in summer league, Gordon's offseason work with shooting coach Dave Love translated into a 72-percent mark from the charity stripe as a rookie. His 45-percent accuracy from the field was depressed by a 5-of-24 performance from mid-range and 13-of-48 rendition from the three-point line. After another offseason working with coach Love, Gordon flashed a much improved jump shot at summer league and averaged 21.7 points and 11.7 rebounds per game during the week-long tournament. Although new coach Scott Skiles has a track record of deviating from young players, Tobias Harris a notable example, Gordon's defensive tenacity falls in line with Skiles' principles, and it will help conceal his lack of experience as he aims to fend off Channing Frye, last year's starting power forward, for a large portion of rotation minutes.
Aaron Gordon enters the league as the fourth selection in June's NBA draft. In his one and only college season, the former Arizona Wildcat averaged 12.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.0 block in 31 minutes per game over 38 games. He shot 50 percent from the field on 10.0 attempts and 42 percent from the line on 4.7 attempts. Gordon held opponents to 34-percent shooting as the primary defender in college and posted an NCAA-best 3.3 defensive win shares. He's a tremendous athlete and superb wing defender capable of guarding four positions, as well as a competent dribbler and passer, often leading fast breaks after crashing the defensive glass. Even with all those attributes, he's still raw offensively. Shooting remains his worst flaw. He converted just 48 percent of his 23 free throws during summer league, missing all 10 of his three-pointers, and connecting on just 35 percent of his field goal attempts. Gordon claimed that he was a better fit at small forward during summer league, but his minutes will be few and far between with the depth the Magic have at both small forward and power forward this season. He's still a project offensively, but the Magic have the luxury of developing him slowly.
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Modest effort in Sunday's win
FOrlando Magic
February 10, 2019
Gordon compiled 12 points (4-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), three rebounds, three assists, and one block in 26 minutes during Sunday's 124-108 victory over the Hawks.
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Starting vs. Atlanta
FOrlando Magic
February 10, 2019
Gordon (back) is listed as a starter for Sunday's game against the Hawks, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
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Expected to play
FOrlando Magic
Back
February 10, 2019
Gordon (back) is in line to play Sunday against the Hawks, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
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Questionable vs. Hawks
FOrlando Magic
Back
February 10, 2019
Gordon (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Atlanta, Brad Rowland of Peachtree Hoops reports.
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Strong complementary production
FOrlando Magic
February 10, 2019
Gordon totaled 14 points (6-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), six rebounds and one steal across 29 minutes in the Magic's 103-83 win over the Bucks on Saturday.
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