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NBA Draft 2014: Orlando Magic select Aaron Gordon

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Orlando nabbed a young, versatile forward with terrific potential in Thursday's Draft.

Aaron Gordon
Aaron Gordon
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With the fourth pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic selected Aaron Gordon.

Gordon, a 6-foot-9 gadget forward from Arizona, averaged 12.4 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and 1.9 combined steals and blocks in his freshman season, shooting 49.5 percent from the floor. An excellent athlete who can defend multiple positions, Gordon's biggest shortcoming is his inability to shoot: he connected on only 42.2 percent of his free throws at Arizona and will draw no defensive attention outside the paint.

DraftExpress scouts Aaron Gordon

Gordon joins a crowded Magic core of forwards which features Tobias Harris, Maurice Harkless, and Andrew Nicholson under contract for the 2014/15 season. Kyle O`Quinn, Jason Maxiell, and Dewayne Dedmon have non-guaranteed contracts and could return to the squad.

In June, Orlando Pinstriped Post readers voted Gordon the eighth-best prospect in the Draft. Among forwards, he trailed Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, and Noah Vonleh.

Orlando picked Gordon ahead of the likes of Dante Exum, Marcus Smart, Vonleh, and Randle, among others.

Barring a trade, Orlando's next selection will be 12th overall.

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