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Boston Celtics Need to Stay Away From Aaron Gordon

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Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 NBA Draft is coming up, and there have been an abundance of prospects linked to the Boston Celtics. One of them is Aaron Gordon, the power forward out of Arizona.

He’s an athletic freak, similar to a young Blake Griffin. He is versatile on the defensive end, has a high motor and brings a winning attitude. With all that being said, the Celtics need to stay away from him come June’s draft.

Gordon, while being an elite athlete, isn’t a very skilled basketball player at the moment. His jump shot is very inconsistent. While in the post, he has trouble holding his position and tends to give up easy baskets. Just take a look against Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament.

Gordon is an undersized power forward at 6-foot-9. The Celtics already have an undersized four-man in Jared Sullinger, they shouldn’t try and grab another unless they plan on a trade.

I personally think they should stay away from power forward in general come draft time. In their position, though, if they plan on going best player available, it’ll possibly be one of the four power forwards in Gordon, Noah Vonleh, Julius Randle, or Dario Saric.

With Gordon, you’re getting a 42 percent free-throw shooter, and that’s not good at all for a player who spends most of his time slashing to the basket. He shot 35 percent from the three-point line, but it was a small sample size; he only took 45 three-point shots all season.

Gordon, while very athletic, still has a lot of work to do to be able to have a major impact at the next level. He won’t be able to rely just on athleticism in the NBA. He’ll need to develop more of an all-around game, and the Celtics need immediate impact guys at the moment.

Eddie Santiago is a Boston Celtics writer for Rant Sports you can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+.