According to NBA scouts, two conclusions have been reached on Magic F Aaron Gordon: One - he plays out of position as a Small Forward, and Two - he tries too many things outside of his skillset. (Josh Robbins on Twitter)
As Magic beat writer for The Athletic Josh Robbins writes, “when Gordon tries to do too much, such as over-dribbling or taking high-difficulty shots, his efficiency and the team’s efficiency suffer. But when Gordon plays under control, his value to the team increases.” He’s a very solid player, but NBA scouts don’t see him as a superstar or even a second-fiddle to a superstar. “Would I like him on my team?” asked a second NBA scout. “Yeah, if you have three other guys who are better than him. That’s my big picture on him.” Gordon is also somewhat position-less. At 6-foot-9, he’s got the size and body type to be a PF, but all too often he tries to handle the rock like a guard or small forward. He spends too much time dribbling and trying to create when he could be better suited working off the ball, cutting, setting screens, and operating as a bigger, more athletic 4-man. One scout said, “he’s an around-the-basket guy. He’s a very good defender. He can put the ball on the floor and do some things. He just can’t make a shot consistently.” On the season, Gordon has averaged 14.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 33 minutes per game. The Orlando Magic are currently cemented as the eighth-seed in the Eastern Conference and could be playing on their home turf in Walt Disney World should the NBA decide to resume play at ESPN Wide World of Sports, as has been widely reported.