The Milwaukee Bucks are in full tank mode and may end with the worst record in the league. This year’s top draft choices expect to be future stars and top prizes for teams that are tanking. Aaron Gordon is one of the prospects the Bucks will be considering when they make their draft selection in June.
Arizona forward, Gordon, has seen his draft stock rise and fall this year. It’s hard to teach defense and even harder to instill an aggressive style on both ends of the floor. Thankfully neither of these are issues with Gordon, already a noted defender who gives his body up without a second thought. What scouts have drooled over is his strength and jumping ability, both way above average and attributes of great young prospects. Where there are questions is on offense.
Offensively, Gordon is quick and can take a defender off the dribble and has demonstrated good footwork and spacing. Where he has struggled is with his jump shot, post-up moves and even offensive put-backs. We’re not talking about learning to shoot from the outside, but inside also. Gordon is an ineffective scorer. He needs to learn how the art of offensive rebounding and get more elevation when crashing the glass.
Bottom line: The Bucks are going to have a top four pick in the lottery and should not use that pick on Gordon. If the Bucks pick up a second pick or Gordon slides out of the first round (unlikely) he should be selected immediately.
David is a NBA writer for Rant Sports. Follow David S. Grant on Twitter @david_s_grant