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so I watched the full Arizona vs Duke and my thoughts are....




Well, a little stunned actually. I watched Gordon the whole time he played. Honestly I like him, but not at 4th. Chad Ford is right, if he learns how to shoot he will be one of the 5-10 best players in the league. But that is a huge risk to take, when players like Smart and Randle are there. So on to my assessment of Gordon.

Defense

He is a great defender. Absolute beast one-on-one. Parker struggled against him and so did Hood. When they scored it wasnt against Gordon. Great help defender. To those asking why he didn't grab more boards, he was played as a SF. So 8 is actually really fantastic, especially when you have a 7' center. Doesn't get tricked on the pump fake and rarely leaves his feet. He is elite here.

Offense

Well, to be honest tough to judge. He was really quit on that side of the ball in this game. His team rarely looked for him on offense again leading me to believe he is extremely limited there. He hit the one 3 he took. Looked ok. Right now it is going to be put backs and dunks. He can handle the ball and is a good passer though. But I have to go with below average right now on offense. And he knows that as well. He is a bad shooter but he won't take bad shots either.

Final thoughts

He as high a potential as Wiggins. IF he learns to score aside from put backs, he can be something special. That is too big of an "if" for me at the 4th pick. So after watching him I think the accurate comparison is a 6'9" Andre Iguodala. You may forget he is in the game and the boxscore will show 15 8 3. I would have gone a different direction and hoped he fell later in the draft, but it is done and he is here. Seems like a good kid and a hard worker, so he wont be a bust.

This FanPost was made by a member of the Orlando Pinstriped Post community, and is to be treated as the opinions and views of its author, not that of the blogger or blog community as a whole.

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