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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 NBA Draft Profile: Joel Embiid

August 11, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Embiid’s shot blocking prowess will be a much-welcomed asset, especially when you consider that playing beside him will be Noels — another shot blocker, and that gives Philly a huge advantage on D. For the Sixers, we think this was the right pick — for other teams, maybe not so much. There is no reason to believe they will be any good this season, so the chances of deciding to rush him back are negligible. Embiid will most likely miss all 82 games.
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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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2014 NBA Draft Profile: Andrew Wiggins

August 6, 2014 | by Steve Krebs | Comments (0)
The lanky, 6′8″, 200-pound Canadian showed there is something very special about his game, posting a 20.8 points, 7.9 boards line per 40 minutes at the University of Kansas. Wiggins’ length and speed made it very easy to break down defenders, and get to the basket. In Summer League action, he seemed to show the same kind of explosiveness getting to the basket with confidence and seemingly with ease. In four games, Wiggins averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 rebound and 0.3 assists, shooting 40.7 per cent from the field.
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Dan Girardi Fantasy Impact: Are You Serious?

June 23, 2014 | by Chris Wassel | Comments Comments Off
How difficult is it to foresee what will happen in a player’s career several years down the road? It is incredibly challenging. However, these are the type of things that we just do anyway. The goal is to attempt to come up with a sort of possible projection with the eyeball test combined with some advanced statistics. Are you ready? Let’s go!
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