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2014 NBA Draft Prospect Evaluation: Aaron Gordon

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We continue our coverage of college prospects for the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft which is set to take place on June 26, 2014. This week we take a look at Arizona Wildcats’ athletic forward, Aaron Gordon.

Chris Martin covers College Basketball for Raining3s.com and provides his analysis.

Raining3s’ 2014 NBA Draft Evaluation: Aaron Gordon

Photo: Associated Press
Photo: Associated Press

Aaron Gordon (18 years old, Freshman PF, University of Arizona via San Jose, CA)

Physical tools:

One of the most athletic prospects in the last couple of NBA drafts, Gordon is 6’9’’ to go along with a 6-11 ¾ wingspan.  He is only 220 pounds, so getting into the gym will definitely benefit him down low on the blocks.

Youtube Highlights:

2014 NBA Combine Numbers:

Height without shoes: 6’7.5

Height with shoes: 6’8.75

Body fat percentage: 5.05

Weight: 220.1 lbs.

Wingspan: 6’11.75

Standing reach: 8’9

Maximum Vertical leap: 39.0 inches (9th)

Shuttle Run: 2.76 seconds (1st)

Lane Agility Test: 10.81 seconds (7th)

Athletic ability:

Gordon is one of the most explosive athletes in this or recent drafts.  He is a highlight reel waiting to happen any time he steps out on the floor.  He finishes at the rim time and time again.

Low post play ability:

Gordon really doesn’t have much of a post-game.  However, he has a tremendous first step, which puts a great deal of pressure on the defense. Gordon also draws a lot of fouls by simply attacking opposing big men.

Outside shooting ability:

Gordon’s jump-shot is still very much on the streaky side but Gordon can make an open jump-shot with feet set.  This is ideal if a power forward or center is guarding him which leaves them leaving him open for a jump shot or if they come out to guard him opening up the lane for others and the opportunity for Gordon to blow by him.

Ability to get own shot:

Gordon is much better in the open court.  However, he has a quick first step and can blow by bigger and slower defenders.  Gordon does not have a pull up jumper but is pretty effective at finishing at the rim and absorbing contact and still getting a shot off.

Rebounding ability:

Gordon is a very good rebounder. He boxes out with a lot of technique and has a high motor.  He puts a great amount of effort in on the glass and trying to get every rebound. 

Rim protection ability:

Another strength.  Gordon with his 8’9 standing reach and mearusing one the highest verticals at the NBA combine, he has no problem blocking shots.  However, sometimes he tries to block too many and is on the pine during key moments of games due to foul trouble.

Perimeter defense (defending sf/sg):

Gordon is a great defender and can defend smaller players at ease.  He can jump out of the gym so smaller guards cannot shoot over him.

Passing Ability:

Gordon is an extremely unselfish player who reads the floor well and finds the open man consistently for easy baskets.

Basketball IQ and intangibles:

Gordon has an extremely high basketball IQ which will certainly help him contribute to the team he is drafted too immediately.  He is a very intelligent and mature player, despite his age.  Gordon is fundamentally sound, makes the extra pass, works hard, and plays the right way.  He is also a good teammate which is often underrated. 

Projected draft position:

4-7

Projected position in the NBA:

Power forward

Comparable NBA player: 

Blake Griffin, Dennis Rodman(without the craziness)

– Draft evaluation written by Chris Martin, aka the Duke of Martin.  You can follow Chris on Facebook.

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