In his first summer league game, new Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon looked tentative. He shot the ball poorly from the floor, turned the ball over and looked more like a project than the No. 4 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
But against the Houston Rockets on Monday, Gordon began to shed his tentativeness, and along with it, his project label. Gordon scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds in the Magic’s win over the Rockets. He also displayed the all-world athleticism and defense that made him an attractive player in the draft.
But can Gordon continue to improve his game to make it on the NBA level? That is the question a lot of NBA pundits were asking about Gordon before the draft. Granted, he was a bit raw and his outside jumper still needs a lot of work, but one thing that you cannot teach is hard work. Gordon has displayed in his short time in Orlando that he has the work ethic to become a top talent with the Magic.
And that is what attracted Orlando to Gordon. Even though the Magic have a ton of athleticism and talent in the frontcourt, they were lacking the player who can do the little things, like play defense and fight for rebounds. Gordon provides that for the Magic, which is why he has the golden opportunity to become one of the bedrocks of the new-look Magic.
The sky is the limit for Mr. Gordon.