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2014 NBA Draft Profile: Aaron Gordon

August 18, 2014 | by Steve Krebs | Comments (0)
Aaron Gordon is part of a nice collection of young athletes the Orlando Magic has collected.
The Magic may have reached for Aaron Gordon with the fourth pick. (Redrockbasketball.com)

The Orlando Magic owned the fourth pick, opting to go with Arizona Wildcat PF Aaron Gordon. Given that he was projected to go around the 10th pick, some felt this was a bit of a reach. Considering Gordon was the first power forward off the board, Orlando felt he was the best selection of the group to fill a very much needed hole in its frontcourt. While he’s drawn comparisons to both Kenneth Faried and Blake Griffin, we feel that is completely off and Gordon is really one of the least intriguing picks in the top 10 — not to throw cold water on this pick completely (we’ll let someone else do that — see video below).

It is entirely possible drafting Gordon was a product of Julius Randle’s reported foot situation — but it’s just as possible the Magic saw something it preferred outright.

Last year in Arizona, Gordon averaged a mediocre 12 points, eight boards and two assists in 38 games — with a block and just below a steal per game. Apparently not even those stats could translate to Summer League action, taking hits across the board. His game lies in an incredible amount of explosiveness and eye popping athleticism. Above all, the weakest parts of Gordon’s game are his foul shooting (just over 42 per cent) and post skills.

The chances of finding a starting gig do not seem all that far fetched and if improvements are made in these areas, this is a role he could sustain due to inefficient alternatives.

Making the transition from College to the NBA as a power forward could arguably be the toughest of all the positions in the league. Gordon has been tabbed a player with good defensive fundamentals, but that was not against men who are 6′8″ to 6′10″ and generally weigh 240 to 260 pounds. It is a completely different pool, and one we are not confident the kid has the ability to swim in. The hope is that Victor Oladipo channels his inner Chris Paul and this tandem will help Orlando become Lob City East.

If the expectations are two or three alley-oops a game while the team is getting buried by 12 or more points per game, then yeah, we can see that being a silver lining… just not one conducive to winning.

At this early stage in Gordon’s career, it’s going to take more than YouTube videos of him posterizing fools on a collegiate level for us to recommend drafting him. Like any player with the opportunity to start, he could materialize into a prosperous add down the stretch… but even that is extremely hard to envision. In a redraft league, you’re better off using your later round picks on second and third year players ready to make the push into further Fantasy relevance.

In a keeper format, just walk away — there is nothing to really see here.

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Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below what you’re expecting out of Gordon this season and long term.

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2014 NHL Draft Grades: Metropolitan Division, Part I

August 16, 2014 | by Dakota Case | Comments (1)
This year, Carolina added to its defensive depth and acquired a top notch young back-stopper, but didn’t do much to address the forward corps as just one of the three selected forwards was a winger.
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2014 NBA Draft Grades: Northwest Division

August 15, 2014 | by J.R. Anderson | Comments Comments Off
Minnesota finished up draft night by snagging a much needed wing player with a lot of potential and enough polish to contribute right away in Robinson III. He looks the part of an NBA player, solid frame and smooth shot, but for some reason or another he failed to consistently grab the spotlight at Michigan and show the NBA scouts he was worthy of anything more than a second round pick. As with fellow draftee LaVine, Saunders will mold Robinson III into a solid player that will be around for many seasons to come.
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2014 NHL Draft Grades: Central Division, Part II

August 12, 2014 | by Dakota Case | Comments (0)
A series of solid drafts has left Minnesota’s prospect pool in good shape, even with most of the cream of the crop already playing in St. Paul. A couple of playoff runs have forced the Wild to draft a little later than it’s become accustomed to (though that’s hardly a bad thing), but its scouting staff has still managed to get good results each year.
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2014 NBA Draft Profile: Jabari Parker

August 9, 2014 | by Steve Krebs | Comments (0)
It is interesting to see the different situations the two tops picks are in; top pick Wiggins is not even certain to have a starting gig and his name was in the media constantly tied to being dealt once his 30-day contractual clause is over (and sure enough, where there was smoke, there was fire in this situation). Second pick Parker, however, is being embraced as a top star that the team cannot wait to grow with. We’re not trying to say he will carry them to the championship — or even to many more wins than the league-worst 15 the Bucks managed last season. We just think the team, with the addition of Parker, is headed in a successful direction.
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