2014 NBA Draft Media Day Interviews: Wiggins, Gordon, Harris June 25, 2014
[Read Full Article] Situational Statistics: the 2014 Power Forward Crop June 21, 2014 As one of the best athletes in the draft, it's no real surprise that Aaron Gordon found more of his offense in transition than anybody else in this group of power forwards, as over 19% of his possessions came on the break. While his efficiency in transition opportunities was surprisingly low (59.4% shooting and 0.93 points per possession), his ability to beat other big men down the floor is something that he should be able to do early in his career while the rest of his offensive game catches up.
At 0.99 points per possession in the half-court, Gordon was one of the more efficient players among this group of power forwards, although a big part of that is because of how selective he was able to be on the deep Arizona team. Gordon used only 11 possessions per game in the half-court, less than all the prospects in this group except Clint Capela (7.8 possessions), Khem Birch (9.8), Nikola Jokic (10.2), and Noah Vonleh (11.7), as he was not forced to try to generate all that much offense for either himself or his teammates.
Gordon was able to get over 30% of his offense off of a combination of cuts and put-backs, both high percentage shots, and with his athleticism and nose for the ball, two things he should be able to continue to do, even if he'll be at a size disadvantage at the next level while his body physically matures. Projecting his ability to create his own shot isn't quite as simple, as even at the collegiate level he rarely created in isolation situations (1.2 possessions per game), on the pick and roll (0.6 possessions per game), or post-ups (1.1 possessions per game). Then there's also the questions about his jump shot, as his 29.3% shooting on jumpers throughout the season and dreadful 42.2% from the line leave plenty to be desired. [Read Full Article] Kyle Anderson vs Aaron Gordon Head to Head Matchup Video Analysis June 20, 2014 A detailed video analysis by Mike Schmitz of how Aaron Gordon and Kyle Anderson performed in their head to head matchups versus each other in college this past season.
Tough road games against Duke, Michigan, San Diego State and UCLA have given us ample opportunity to evaluate Gordon's strengths and weaknesses as a prospect, which we've done in the following video scouting report, courtesy of Mike Schmitz.
All of our video scouting reports this season can be found here. [Read Full Article] 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship Interviews: Okafor, Lyles, Gordon July 7, 2013
[Read Full Article] USA Basketball U19 World Championship Training Camp Report, Part Two June 19, 2013 Likely the best athlete on the roster, Aaron Gordon will undoubtedly play an important role on this squad, as he proved to be one of the most versatile players in attendance throughout the training camp in Colorado Springs.
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Showing an extremely unique blend of physical attributes, intensity and smarts, Gordon set the tone right off the bat with his no-nonsense attitude, having no qualms whatsoever about going into the paint and making his presence felt. He grabbed seemingly every loose ball that came off the defensive glass, often skying well high above the rim to do so, and then sometimes initiating the break on his own. He also showed a little bit of a post game, utilizing his superior quickness and aggressiveness to score points, despite not possessing an overly advanced back to the basket arsenal or the thickest frame around. Defensively, Gordon was everywhere, switching out onto guards, making plays at the rim, and playing with a fantastic motor to compliment his tremendous athleticism.
While Gordon isn't the most skilled player around—his ball-handling skills in the half-court are somewhat crude, and his jump-shot still very much on the streaky side—he impressed again and again with his terrific passing ability. He's an extremely unselfish player who reads the floor well and finds the open man consistently for easy baskets. Although question marks remain about how effectively he'll score in the half-court early on in his career until his skill-level increases and his frame fills out, his high basketball IQ will certainly help him contribute in other areas in the meantime.
Even though it still seems like Gordon's biggest advantages lie as a mismatch threat at the power forward position—both facing the basket or making plays around the rim—he's likely talented enough to make it work wherever he plays. Arizona is indeed planning on starting him at small forward next season according to what we've been told, but he'll see a good amount of time at power forward as well. Either way, Gordon has to be considered one of the top prospects in next year's draft class, and he'll be heavily scouted on this USA Basketball team in Prague. [Read Full Article] 2013 Nike Hoop Summit Practice Drill Videos April 24, 2013
[Read Full Article] 2013 Hoop Summit USA Junior Team Measurements April 19, 2013 Aaron Gordon
Height w/ Shoes: 6'9
Wingspan: 6'11.5 [Read Full Article] 2013 Hoop Summit Interviews and Highlights April 17, 2013 Aaron Gordon Interview and Highlights
-One of the most explosive athletes in high school basketball
-A highlight reel waiting to happen any time he steps out on the floor
-Very intelligent and mature player, despite his age
-Fundamentally sound. Makes the extra pass. Plays the right way. Good teammate
-Solid ball-handler, particularly in the open court
-Tremendous first step, which puts a great deal of pressure on the defense. Draws lots of fouls by simply attacking opposing big men in a straight line
-Can make an open jump-shot with feet set
-Plays extremely hard
-Very good rebounder. Boxes out. Puts an effort in on the glass
-Somewhat undersized for a power forward at 6-8
-Still needs to keep improving his skill-level offensively
-Not a knockdown shooter yet
-Shooting mechanics pulling up off the dribble still need work
-Doesn't have much of a post game
-Needs to continue to improve his ball-handling skills in the half-court
Outlook: One of the youngest players in his class. Appears to have significant upside still. Body should continue to fill out impressively. Already extremely productive despite some clear limitations, thanks to effort level, athleticism and smarts. [Read Full Article] High School Class of 2013: Elite Prospect Scouting Reports September 5, 2012 Jonathan Givony
-Tremendous asset in transition thanks to the way he runs the floor and can finish around the rim
-Pogo stick on offensive glass
-Can make the extra pass
-Can create off dribble from the perimeter with simple ball-handling moves
-Elevates incredibly well around the basket
-First step is very strong
-Not the tightest handle, but can work on that
-Has some back to the basket skills.
-Footwork, pivots. Uses quickness, fluidity
-Really competes on defense
-Dives on floor for loose balls. Consummate team player
-Makes plays on defense thanks to his athleticism
-Can block a shot
-Plays with passion. Very positive presence on the floor
-Always encouraging teammates
-Incredibly young, still only 16 years old
-Has good, but not great size for a power forward at 6-8, with a 6-11 wingspan
-Long, ugly stroke from 3-point line
-Really needs to work on perimeter shooting ability
-48% FT line at EYBL
-Settles for ill-advised jumpers at times
-No left hand
A modern power forward who shows flashes versatility offensively, but is still improving his skill-level and polish. Incredible athlete who has drawn some comparisons to Blake Griffin due to his complexion and highlight reel dunking ability. Struggled with injuries in the tournament we watched him, but still gave 100% every moment he was on the floor regardless. Has excellent long-term potential, especially if he can develop a consistent jump-shot. One of the youngest players in this high school class.