Boston Celtics Need to Stay Away From Aaron Gordon

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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+.

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  • MadNDesign .

    Eddie… you left out one vital piece of info on Gordon: He is the youngest player in the NBA draft. He won’t turn 19 until this Winter and has not grown into his body yet. He will put on another 20-25 pounds before he reaches his NBA playing weight. Basing your assessment on one game, against Frank Kaminsky and Wisconsin is short sided. Gordon does not play Center and only matched up on the 7′ Kaminsky for a few plays when Arizona’s center was out of the game… and only because their starting PF was lost for the season. If you think those few plays, those of an 18 year old SF/PF guarding an NBA center are reason to question his defense then you might want to think about questioning your choice of occupations. Gordon will likely never be a scorer in the NBA, other than garbage buckets, but there is no doubt that he will be a plus defender.