Wednesday, February 15, 2017

New position for AG?

In a feature on the Orlando Magic:

"...Aaron Gordon, their most promising prospect, has spent most of the season playing out of position, and he has not taken the leap forward many expected in his third season.

If there’s a silver lining in the Ibaka trade for the Magic, it’s that Gordon will finally be moved to power forward, his natural position. At 6-foot-9 and 220 pounds with a 7-foot wingspan, he’s an elite athlete who made a splash on the national stage with his jaw-dropping performance in last year’s dunk contest. However, he’s a career 29.2 percent shooter from 3, so forcing him to play on the perimeter next to two traditional big men as a small forward was a classic example of jamming a square peg through a round hole. Playing as a power forward next to more 3-point shooting on the wing will open up more driving lanes for Gordon and allow him to play closer to the basket, while moving up a position on defense should allow him to play a more active role in pick-and-roll coverages. Gordon has the length and athleticism to switch screens and guard virtually every position..."

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