NBA Draft 2014 Player Profile: Aaron Gordon
Randy Looks at the Top Prospects in the 2014 NBA Draft
NBA Draft: June 26, 2014
USA TODAY Sports
2013-14 Season: 12.4 PPG - 8.0 RPG - 2.0 APG
Notes: Gordon comes from a basketball family that includes his brother Drew Gordon, who played for the New Mexico Lobos and UCLA Bruins. Gordon was a first-team All-Pac-12 player last season as a freshman.
Strengths: Gordon is the most explosive and athletic player the NBA draft has seen since Blake Griffin. Gordon can jump through the roof of the arena and go up and get just about any ball thrown in his direction. These insane hops make Gordon a terrific rebounder and shot blocker. Offensively, Gordon can stretch the floor with a decent mid-range game, and he even shot 35.6 percent from three at Arizona. Gordon has a high motor and plays hard at both ends of the floor. He’s an unselfish player who is willing to do whatever to help the team win. He’s also a wonderful defender.
Weaknesses: Gordon is a terrible free throw shooter at 42.2 percent. Gordon is also quite raw offensively, as he has limited range and can’t create his own shot. Gordon also needs to bulk up his 225-pound frame if he’s going to be a true power forward in the NBA. Gordon can get a little wreckless when driving to the rim, often resulting in foul trouble.
Projection: Gordon is the best defensive power forward in the draft and probably has the most upside. There’s no question Gordon is going to be a Top-10 pick come June. His upside is incredible and he’ll put fans in the seats due to his exciting play.