2014 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Aaron Gordon



Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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2014 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Aaron Gordon


Position: Power Forward

Size: 6-9, 225

School: Arizona, Freshman


Strengths:
  • Elite athleticism
  • Explosive at the rim
  • Quick second jump
  • Aggressive rebounder
  • Terrific defender
  • Lateral quickness
  • Length helps him defensively and as a shot blocker
  • Quick first step as a straigh line driver
  • Plays extremely hard on both ends of the floor
  • Good passer
  • Unselfishness
  • High character




  • Weaknesses:
  • Outside shooting
  • Creating his own shot
  • A tweener forward
  • Needs to get stronger to be a true NBA power forward; needs to become a better shooter to be a true NBA strong forward
  • Too often out of control when driving to the rim
  • Post-up game must improve


  • Summary: One of the most explosive athletes in college basketball, Gordon may not be a lights out scorer, but he contributes in so many areas of the game that he should be a terrific role player at the next level. Gordon is a step behind some of the top prospects in the 2014 NBA Draft, but he should still be a top-10 pick.

    Player Comparison: Shawn Marion. Marion’s versatility as a defender has allowed him to play either forward spot in the NBA, which is a concern among NBA general managers about Gordon’s transition to the next level. Marion has never been a consistent outside shooter, which is a major weakness for Gordon as well. Still, Marion has put together an extremely successful NBA career as a complementary player, and Gordon should be able to follow suit.







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    2014 NBA Mock Draft


    2015 NBA Mock Draft


    2014 NBA Draft Prospect Rankings


    2014 NBA Draft Scouting Reports








    Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
    Send Paul an e-mail here: paulb05 AT hotmail DOT com.
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