Aaron Gordon is one of the most promising players in the NBA and he is expected to be the starting small forward for the Orland Magic next season. According to the latest NBA rumors, new Magic head coach Frank Vogel is going to try to make Gordon the next great point forward.
The 4th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft is ready for his breakout season after a very promising sophomore year. He averaged 9.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 78 games last season while starting in 37 of them.
In an appearance on Magic Drive Time with Dante Marchitelli and Jeff Turner, Gordon revealed all the things he’s been doing in the offseason. One of them is coach Vogel’s plan to make him a point forward next season.
“I’ve talked to coach Vogel a couple of times. He sent me a clip of me rebounding the ball and pushing it to start the transitory break. So, he’s looking for me to be some type of point forward. And it’s really good. It’s really good. He believes in us. He gives us the confidence. He’s a confident individual himself,” Gordon said, via Dan Savage of Magic.com.
The departure of Victor Oladipo will likely mean that Gordon will be involved in the offense a lot more. He has the highest upside in the Magic roster as his athleticism makes him a great candidate to become one of the best two-way players in the league.
Adding the ability to push the ball after getting the rebound is going to be a nice weapon for Gordon and the Magic. However, there would be more things to improve for the 20-year-old, like his three-point shooting, to take the leap into stardom.
The evolution of the modern NBA increases the need for the point forward, an unofficial position that shares the qualities of a point guard and a forward. Some of the current point forwards in the NBA include LeBron James, Draymond Green, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Ben Simmons.
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