Picking Gordon has the inkling of being a bad idea. He is undersized to be playing the power forward position at the pro level, as he’s only 6-foot-8. He’s certainly athletic enough, drawing comparisons to Blake Griffin.
Gordon’s shooting is a real concern — he shot on 42 percent from the free throw line. He has been working on his form in order to get better at it and makes things. Due to him being undersized, he may be forced to play the small forward spot.
Last year, an undersized power forward, Anthony Bennett, went No. 1 overall all, and we see how that turned out even though he started to turn it around later in the year.
Gordon is a strong rebounder and had the quickest lateral quickness time at the draft combine of everyone, including the guards. He’s a shot blocker and has the ability defend either forward spot.
The Celtics already have an undersized power forward on the team in Jared Sullinger. Sullinger is nowhere near the athlete that Gordon is, but he has a more complete offensive game and has a really high basketball IQ.
Drafting Gordon wouldn’t be a need, it would be stock piling what they already have on the team, undersized forwards — Brandon Bass, Sullinger and Kris Humphries if he returns. He’s not offensively gifted enough to overtake Jeff Green at the small forward spot.
While Gordon may turn out to be a good player in the NBA, I’m not sure he’s the right pick for the Celtics. He’s talented and I expect him to develop into a good pro, but he just doesn’t have a fit for the Celtics.