It appears as if Aaron Gordon has really been improving his craft this summer since the season ended as he looks bigger, faster and stronger in preparation for the 2014 NBA Draft. Gordon is projected to go as high as 5th overall and no later than 8th overall to the Sacramento Kings, some even believing he could fall as far as 10th to the Philadelphia 76ers. His lack of offensive touch as an “tweener forward” is keeping him from propelling up draft boards, despite his freakish athleticism and relentless defense. But with the Utah Jazz (5th overall pick) in desperate need of a forward and the recent invitations to work out with the Boston Celtics (6th overall pick) and Los Angeles Lakers (7th overall pick), Gordon is solidifying his spot in the draft. His workout highlights are below.
Of course, with a grain of salt, take a look at his recent NBA draft workout for BDA Sports Management in Santa Monica. There are no defenders, but there are hundreds of scouts and executives critiquing every move he makes. His handles, post moves and three-point shot seems to be much improved since we last saw him play in an Arizona uniform. It looks like Gordon is refining his ball control, dribble moves and quickness which is something he got to show off in Tucson. His post moves on the other hand, were nonexistent this past season. Again, there is no defender for him to back down on, but hopefully his improved footwork and hook shot translates well to the NBA. Gordon shot 6/10 from the arc throughout the Pac-12 Tournament and NCAA Tournament, averaging close to 13 points and 9 rebounds a game through that stretch. The power of video editing goes a long way, but Gordon knocks down a combination of 7 consecutive three-pointers off the dribble, a nice surprise from a 6-9 forward. We can only hope that he improved his free throw shooting as well.
Feel free to check out the highlights from his Pac-12 Freshman of the Year campaign as well.