Aaron Gordon
Aaron Gordon
24-Year-Old ForwardF
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Orlando Magic
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Gordon put together another strong showing in 2018-19, averaging 16.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.6 threes and 1.4 combined blocks/steals. Gordon produced similar numbers in 2017-18, except for the assists, which were a career high. Gordon also managed a respectable 44.9 field goal percentage while hitting a career-high 34.9 percent of his threes. He played a career-high 33.8 minutes over 78 games as well, and his playing time has increased in each of his five NBA seasons. Gordon will be only 23 years old when he enters his sixth season, and he should be in for heavy minutes once again. The addition of a solid passing game to his already-steady scoring and rebounding makes Gordon particularly valuable. He's head-and-shoulders above the other power forwards on the roster in his overall game, and Gordon should be offensive option 2A behind Nikola Vucevic, with Evan Fournier acting as option 2B. Gordon is a strong option for his ability to contribute numbers across multiple categories, and he's likely to be a top-75 fantasy selection for 2019-20. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $80 million contract with the Magic in July of 2018.
Personal Bio

Aaron Addison Gordon was born in 1995 in San Jose, California. His father Eddy played collegiate basketball at San Diego State and later signed as an NFL free agent with the New England Patriots. Gordon's sister, Elise, played collegiate basketball at Harvard. The forward played his high school ball at Archbishop Mitty in San Jose and led them to consecutive state titles. Gordon was a two-time California Mr. Basketball selection. Gordon sponsors CodeOrlando, a STEM learning program, which provides a hands on look at how technology is designed, developed and implemented. CodeOrlando was created by Gordon and his family as a way to lift underserved students out of generational poverty. It also introduces the world of technology to under-represented African-American, Hispanic and female students. Gordon is also an active supporter of various Special Olympics events. In 2019, he was recognized for his efforts to improve the Central Florida community as the co-winner of the Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award. Fans can follow Gordon on Twitter (@DoubleOAG) and Instagram (@aarongordon).

College/International Summary

Gordon was named the 2013-14 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year for Arizona. The San Jose, California native also made the 13-14 All-Pac-12 First Team. The forward was also named to the 2014 All-Pac-12 Tournament First Team. He helped lead Arizona to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, and one of his best performance came during that tourney loss against Wisconsin -- he pulled down 18 rebounds in the 64-63 loss to the Badgers. The forward led the Pac-12 in offensive rebounds with 102 and also led Arizona with 8.0 rebounds per game while checking in second in both points (12.4) and blocks (1.0) per contest. Gordon announced he would apply for the 2014 NBA Draft following his freshman year and was subsequently drafted in the first round (fourth overall) by the Orlando Magic.

Notches nine assists
FOrlando Magic
March 10, 2020
Gordon finished with eight points (3-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven boards, nine assists, one block and one steal in 32 minutes of a 120-115 win against Memphis on Tuesday.
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Gordon had an off-night shooting, but made up for it with his contributions in other aspects of the game, including leading all players in assists in the contest. While he's only averaging 3.6 assists per game this year, Gordon has increased his role as a distributor lately, averaging 6.5 assists in March.
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2018

Gordon started all 78 games in which he appeared for the Magic in 2018-19, his fifth year in the NBA. He averaged 16.0 points per game, the second-highest figure of his career. Gordon shot a career-high 34.9-percent from three-point range on 4.4 attempts per contest, while hitting a career-best 73.1 percent of his free throws. Gordon also averaged 7.4 rebounds and a career-best 3.7 assists per game. He ranked second on the team in both scoring and rebounding behind All-Star center Nikola Vucevic. Gordon collected 17 double-doubles during the regular season. He scored a season-high 31 points against the Knicks on Nov. 18. Gordon tied a career high with 16 rebounds in the season opener against Miami. Gordon's best month was January, when he averaged 17.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists across 14 games. Gordon helped lead the Magic to its first playoff berth in eight seasons. Gordon had a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double in his first career playoff game on April 13 against Toronto. He scored 20 points in Game 2 of the series and posted 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting in Game 4. Gordon managed 11 points and seven rebounds in Game 5, which the Raptors won to clinch the series.

2017

In Gordon's fourth year with the Orlando Magic, he made large strides in his game across multiple metrics. Gordon set a career high in points (17.6 per game), rebounds (7.9 per game), blocks (0.8 per game), steals (1.0 per game) and shot attempts (14.9 per game). Gordon also showed an increased willingness to shoot from three-point range. He shot almost six threes per game, making two every night. Coach Frank Vogel was impressed by Gordon's advancement as a player saying, "He's not just a spot-up shooter; he's a pin-down shooter and that says a lot about his development." Vogel saw Gordon's improvements and increased his time on the court, where Gordon led the team in minutes played. Gordon also showed a more consistent play style this year, scoring in double-digits in all but two games all season. He had a great stretch of games from Oct. 24 to Dec. 1, averaging 19.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 52.1 percent from the floor and 43.9 percent from three. His two best games of the season occurred during this stretch as well. On Oct. 24, he scored a career-high 41 points with 14 rebounds and two assists. On Nov. 29, Gordon had an equally impressive performance, scoring 40 points and adding 15 rebounds, four steals, four assists, one block and only one turnover while playing nearly 44 minutes.

2016

Gordon carried the momentum from the back half of his second NBA season and used it to secure the starting small forward spot heading into 2016-17. He dealt with ankle troubles in exhibition play but was ready for the regular season opener Oct. 26, recording 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists. He started the first eight games of the season but was moved to the bench Nov. 11 after shooting 40.2 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from distance over that span. Gordon came off the bench for the next eight games but was back in the starting five by Nov. 27. He never looked back from there and saw a similar second-half surge as the one in his sophomore NBA season. On Dec. 14 against the Clippers, Gordon scored a career-high 33 points, chipping in seven rebounds as well. He went on to post three more 30-point games that season, the second of which saw him produce 32 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in a March 31 loss to the Celtics. When the season concluded, Gordon was fourth on the team in rebounding (5.1 rpg) and fifth in scoring (12.7 ppg). He also played in 80 games and started 72 of them, both of which were career highs. Gordon and the Magic missed the playoffs under new head coach Frank Vogel, however, finishing the year with a 29-53 record.

2015

Gordon looked primed to contribute for the Magic in 2015-16 after averaging a double-double in Summer League play. He did suffer a broken jaw that required offseason surgery, but he was back in action in the preseason and ultimately ready for the season opener. Gordon didn't take long to set a new career high, as he scored 19 points in the fifth game of the season Nov. 4 against Houston. In the first 31 games of the year leading up to Dec. 30, Gordon averaged 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds across 18.4 minutes as a reserve. He recorded his second career double-double Jan. 9 against Washington, and four games later, earned his first start of the season. Gordon was called upon to replace Channing Frye in the starting five, and he held on to that role for the remainder of the year. That move immediately paid dividends, as Gordon had 19 points and 14 rebounds in a Jan. 31 matchup against the Celtics. The very next game, he put up a career-high 16 rebounds against the Spurs. From Jan. 22 through the rest of the season, Gordon started 37 of 38 games and averaged 11.3 points and 8.1 rebounds. He recorded 12 double-doubles over that span and set a new career high with 22 points on Feb. 28 against the Sixers. When it was all said and done, Gordon finished third with 6.5 rebounds per game for a Magic team that finished 35-47.

2014

Gordon was selected by the Orlando Magic in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 2014 NBA Draft. He made his NBA debut in the Oct. 28 season opener against the Pelicans and collected 11 points, three rebounds, a steal and a block over 28 minutes. Gordon came off the bench for the first 11 games of the season and scored a career-high 17 points (6-9 FG) in a Nov. 7 victory over Minnesota. That progress was derailed a bit when Gordon fractured his left foot and was forced to miss 32 games. He returned Jan. 18 against the Thunder, scoring eight points in 12 minutes off the bench. Gordon made his first career start Jan. 25 against the Pacers, posting nine points and four rebounds in a seven-point loss. He was in the starting lineup off and on since, and even recorded his first career double-double against the Bucks on April 4. Gordon tallied 10 points (5-6 FG) and a career-high 12 rebounds in that effort. The Magic ultimately missed the playoffs with a record of 25-57, but Gordon gave them a solid piece to build around. His potential was evident in his per-36 numbers of 11.0 points and 7.6 rebounds.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2014
    Drafted by the Orlando Magic in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 2014 NBA Draft.
  • July 2, 2014
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Orlando Magic.
  • July 6, 2018
    Signed a four-year deal as a free agent with the Orlando Magic.
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Gordon, who will turn 23 early this season, re-upped with the Magic this summer on a four-year, $84 million contract. The former fourth overall pick out of Arizona is coming off his best year as a pro, helped by a career-high 32.9 minutes per game, though he only played 58 games due to injury (including two concussions). Gordon averaged 17.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 combined steals/blocks. He also drilled 2.0 threes per tilt at 33.6 percent after not cracking 30 percent in any of his previous three seasons. Though the increased attempts beyond the arc hurt his field-goal percentage, he managed keep his overall efficiency stable, posting an identical true shooting percentage (53.0) to 2016-17. Gordon’s consistency issues persist, but so does his upside. Last season, he recorded two forty-point games, two games with at least 15 rebounds, and 10 games with at least four assists. Assuming another year of improvement, Gordon probably won't make it past the sixth round in most Fantasy drafts.
Gordon will be entering his fourth year in the league during the 2017-18 campaign. He’s a true tweener, able to occupy both forward slots – a line that will be even more blurred with the addition of Jonathan Isaac (also a tweener), who the Magic took with the 6th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Gordon has seen his workload significantly rise each season, with his production following suit. Last season was largely a tale of two halves, as Orlando opted to deal starting power forward Serge Ibaka to the Raptors at the trade deadline, freeing up more time for Gordon at power forward. He saw his playing time jump from 27.6 minutes before the trade to 31.2 minutes after the trade. With Ibaka moving on, Gordon also became more of a focal point on offense. Before the All-Star break, he averaged 11.2 points and 4.6 rebounds with a true shooting percentage of 50.3. After the break, he averaged 16.4 points and 6.2 rebounds with a true shooting percentage 58.1. When considering what kind of numbers he’ll put up during next season, it seems to make sense to look largely at his post-break numbers. While he doesn’t project to be a top-tier option at the power forward slot, his athleticism, dribbling ability, and all around versatility gives him plenty of upside.
Gordon didn’t make many waves as a rookie, but showed real progress in 2015-16, resembling a player who could be a long-term starter for the Magic. As his impressive showing in the 2016 Slam Dunk Contest revealed, the 21-year-old’s athleticism is off the charts, and he did well to harness some of his impressive physical gifts and turn it into bonafide production last season. He had trouble finding his footing in coach Scott Skiles’ rotation in the early going, but once the All-Star break hit, Gordon’s numbers took off. In 27 second-half games, Gordon averaged 12.0 points (on 48.3% shooting), 7.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals in 27.9 minutes per contest. He also turned in a number of highlight-reel blocks and already looks bound to develop into a standout defender as he ages. It’s generally expected that Gordon will take another leap and emerge as a double-digit scorer during the coming season, but the Magic roster as currently constructed might make that more difficult than it seemed prior to the summer. In an attempt to upgrade their frontcourt defense, the Magic traded for Serge Ibaka in June and reeled in Bismack Biyombo in free agency, giving the team more rim protection to compensate for the more offensive-minded center Nikola Vucevic. The addition of Ibaka in particular means that less time will be available for Gordon at power forward, the position he proved to be best suited for after replacing Tobias Harris in the starting five during the second half. New Magic coach Frank Vogel has indicated that Gordon is now in line to start at small forward, which will give Orlando impressive length on the defensive end, but could hurt their overall offensive effort. For all his strengths, Gordon is just a 28.9 percent three-point shooter across 190 career attempts. He’ll need to make tremendous progress in that area this season if he hopes to hack it as a dependable small forward on the offensive end.
Gordon's rookie season was halted by foot surgery in mid-November, costing him 31 straight games. As the second-youngest player in the league last season, he recorded 5.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.5 blocks, and 0.4 steals in 17 minutes per game through 47 games. Entering the league as a 42 percent free-throw shooter in college and 48 percent in summer league, Gordon's offseason work with shooting coach Dave Love translated into a 72-percent mark from the charity stripe as a rookie. His 45-percent accuracy from the field was depressed by a 5-of-24 performance from mid-range and 13-of-48 rendition from the three-point line. After another offseason working with coach Love, Gordon flashed a much improved jump shot at summer league and averaged 21.7 points and 11.7 rebounds per game during the week-long tournament. Although new coach Scott Skiles has a track record of deviating from young players, Tobias Harris a notable example, Gordon's defensive tenacity falls in line with Skiles' principles, and it will help conceal his lack of experience as he aims to fend off Channing Frye, last year's starting power forward, for a large portion of rotation minutes.
Aaron Gordon enters the league as the fourth selection in June's NBA draft. In his one and only college season, the former Arizona Wildcat averaged 12.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.0 block in 31 minutes per game over 38 games. He shot 50 percent from the field on 10.0 attempts and 42 percent from the line on 4.7 attempts. Gordon held opponents to 34-percent shooting as the primary defender in college and posted an NCAA-best 3.3 defensive win shares. He's a tremendous athlete and superb wing defender capable of guarding four positions, as well as a competent dribbler and passer, often leading fast breaks after crashing the defensive glass. Even with all those attributes, he's still raw offensively. Shooting remains his worst flaw. He converted just 48 percent of his 23 free throws during summer league, missing all 10 of his three-pointers, and connecting on just 35 percent of his field goal attempts. Gordon claimed that he was a better fit at small forward during summer league, but his minutes will be few and far between with the depth the Magic have at both small forward and power forward this season. He's still a project offensively, but the Magic have the luxury of developing him slowly.
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Another double-double in win
FOrlando Magic
March 9, 2020
Gordon tallied 19 points (7-17 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT) and 10 rebounds along with four assists, three steals and two blocks in Sunday's win over Houston.
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Double-doubles in win
FOrlando Magic
March 6, 2020
Gordon totaled 15 points (6-15 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 3-6 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes during Friday's 132-118 victory over the Timberwolves.
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Fills stat sheet despite loss
FOrlando Magic
March 5, 2020
Gordon registered 11 points (5-10 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), nine assists, six rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes during Wednesday's 116-113 loss at Miami.
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Cleared to play vs. Heat
FOrlando Magic
March 4, 2020
Gordon (knee) will play Wednesday against the Heat.
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Expected to return Wednesday
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Knee
March 4, 2020
Gordon (knee) is expected to be cleared to play Wednesday against Miami, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
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