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Report: Arizona’s Aaron Gordon to enter NBA draft

Apr 14, 2014, 9:22 AM EDT

Arizona forward Aaron Gordon wanted to make sure he’s ready to declare for the NBA draft.

He’s ready.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

Aaron Gordon will announce this week he’s entering the 2014 NBA draft, source told Yahoo Sports.

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Since a report emerged a couple weeks ago Gordon was leaning toward declaring for the draft, my opinion of him hasn’t changed:

Gordon is athletic enough to overcome being a bit small – 6-foot-9 and 225 pounds – for an NBA power forward. He can jump out of the gym, and his high effort level makes him an excellent defender.

He must polish his offensive game, though. Making 16-of-45 3-pointers (36 percent) gives some hope of unreached potential, but his 76-of-180 free-throw shooting (42 percent) gives a much larger indication of how rough around the edges he is.

Overall, Gordon averaged 12.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.9 steals.

However, Jabari Parker has yet to declare for the draft, and Julius Randle is still hedging. I still would guess both will turn pro, but their delays in doing so at least open the door for Gordon to become a top five pick. Either way, I don’t expect him to slip from the top 10.

  1. misremembered72 - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Goddamnit Julius and Jabari! Get in line so my sixers can still snag a quality pick with their second first rounder at either 9, 10 or 11

  2. 00maltliquor - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Since when is being 6″9 a small PF? All he needs is an extra 5-10 lbs. on him and he’s straight.

    • 6thsense79 - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      6’9″ became small for a PF as soon as players that use to be centers starting playing PF. Also he might not even be 6’9″. Colleges sometimes add an inch or two to their player’s height.

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        Really, cause I coulda sworn PFs were becoming C’s…

  3. 00maltliquor - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Oh but if he was Kevin Durant y’all would’ve stretched that 6″9 to 7″0 in a heartbeat

    • bougin89 - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      Durant also has an 9’10 wingspan.

      • fanofthegame79 - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        and a 72 inch vertical!!

      • money2long - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        Anti knows lebron jock size. We better stop talking about lengths. He’s getting excited

  4. deshan74 - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    If Jabari and Julius dont enter this draft they will be making a huge mistake if those 2 and Gary Harris enter this year it will be the best draft since 03 because there will be players that are going to get drafted in the mid 20s that would have been a lottery pick last year.

  5. sumkat - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    if the Sixers could get him with the Pelicans pick….I would wake up from my wet dream and hope for Harris

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