The Magic threaded the needle, making the playoffs and developing their young players
October 17, 2019, 9:59 pmAaron GordonPF, Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon struggled with his shot (3-for-12 shooting) to finish with seven points and five rebounds as the Magic fell 108-97 on Thursday.
We've seen this a bit too often from Gordon over the last couple seasons, especially as Jonathan Isaac has developed his game. It's hard to count on both him and Isaac (eight points in this game) on a nightly basis, so it'll be frustrating to own either of those guys from day to day.
October 11, 2019, 11:01 amAaron GordonPF, Orlando Magic
Magic coach Steve Clifford said that Aaron Gordon (jaw contusion) is feeling better and will be in the starting lineup against the Celtics on Friday.
Gordon took a shoulder to the face from Alex Len, and it never appeared to be anything more than a painful looking blow to the face. Don't be surprised if he plays less tonight than he did in his previous game.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
October 9, 2019, 8:28 pmAaron GordonPF, Orlando Magic
Gordon finished with five points, two rebounds and an assist in eight minutes on Wednesday night before a shot to the jaw forced him from the action.
Hopefully this is nothing serious for Gordon, who is a regular on standard-league rosters in fantasy every season. Keep an eye on this because if Gordon misses time it could open some opportunity for Jonathan Isaac to take on more of a scoring role.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
October 7, 2019, 9:23 pmAaron GordonPF, Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon led the Magic in scoring against the Pistons on Monday with 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting while hitting three triples with eight rebounds and two assists.
Gordon continues to play as a guard on the perimeter and when it's going well, he'll have lines like tonight, but when the shot is off, it's going to get ugly. His ADP is around where you should be targeting him as his ceiling as a perimeter player isn't as high if he were to play in the paint.
October 5, 2019, 11:20 pmAaron GordonPF, Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon showed some good form in Saturday's 125-89 win over the Spurs, contributing 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting with four rebounds, three assists and one steal.
AG's growth over the years has come at a steady pace. He hasn't had a true breakout season but has been getting better with each passing one. Look for him to improve once more on last season's averages 16.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.6 3s, 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks per game.
August 20, 2019, 11:37 amAaron GordonPF, Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon is re-embracing his inner big man by spending a part of his offseason trying to refine his post-game.
Gordon certainly has room for growth as a post-up player. Last season, he got the ball on the post 219 times, the rub however, was that he shot just 40.4 percent on his 114 shot attempts out of the post, while handing out just 13 assists and turning the ball over 12 times. AG’s greatest weapon defensively has always been his versatility and now with a more firm offensive understanding beneath him, it appears the next step for him is to expand that versatility on both ends of the floor. When guarded by lighter small forwards, he wants to be able to use his chiseled body as a battering ram in the post to create point-blank looks, and when he’s being checked by slower power forwards, he thinks he will have major advantages with his quickness and footwork to get to the rim for easy opportunities. Gordon added that the Magic are welcoming raised expectations for next year due to the group’s collective will to improve this offseason and his work ethic is something that should make fantasy owners excited for next season.
April 23, 2019, 9:59 pmAaron GordonF, Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon shot 4-for-13 from the field for 11 points with seven boards, one assist and one steal in 25 minutes to fall to the Raptors in Game 5 on Tuesday.
Gordon had alternated games, doing well then awful, so he kept the pattern strong by doing awful again. The Raptors did an excellent job slowing him down all series. Gordon is a bright young piece for this Magic team which really seems invested in him. He should only get better for dynasty owners moving forward.
April 21, 2019, 10:10 pmAaron GordonF, Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon shot 10-of-17 from the field to finish with 25 points, seven rebounds, five dimes, two 3s and one steal in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Raptors.
Gordon was limited in the first half but turned up the heat in the third quarter where he scored 16 of his team-high 25 points. Unfortunately, his spirited play was not enough to mount a serious enough rally to challenge the Raptor's control over the game. The 23-year-old Gordon has displayed a fresh level of maturity in this series and finally looks prepared to make a significant leap forward in 2019-20.
April 19, 2019, 9:53 pmAaron GordonF, Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon only scored 10 points on 4-for-10 shooting with seven rebounds and one steal on Friday night.
While Gordon's line doesn't jump off the page, it was Kawhi's struggles from the field (5-for-19) that highlighted the impact he had on this game. Gordon's strong defensive effort helped the Magic stay alive on a cold shooting night but it wasn't enough to win.
April 16, 2019, 10:46 pmAaron GordonF, Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon shot 8-for-12 from the field for 20 points with five boards, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Raptors on Tuesday.
Gordon was the lone bright spot in a pitiful showing by the Magic in Game 2. He actually played much more efficiently than in Saturday's upset win, but his teammates didn't follow. Gordon looks to lead the Magic again for Game 3 on Friday in Orlando.
April 13, 2019, 7:44 pmAaron GordonF, Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon had a double-double for the Magic, putting up 10 points, 10 boards, three assists, two 3-pointers and three steals in Saturday's win against the Raptors.
Despite struggling with his shot, 3-for-10 tonight, Gordon was able to help out in other categories and didn't wilt under the pressure of his first playoff game. It's tough to win in Toronto and the Magic wouldn't have accomplished this without Gordon's contributions today.
April 11, 2019, 12:23 amAaron GordonF, Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon dropped 27 points on the Hornets in Wednesday's regular-season finale, also adding seven rebounds, three assists and a steal while going 11-of-18 from the field.
It was another good-but-not-great season for Gordon, who ended things with top-85/100 per-game value and top-65/80 total value. He was able to stay on the court after logging just 58 games last season, but Gordon simply hasn't elevated his game enough to validate the thoughts about his top-50 upside. A guy with so much athleticism should be able to crack at least 1.0 steals or blocks over a season, which has only happened once in five tries (steals last season). There's nothing wrong with a middle-round pick returning middle-round numbers, but everything about Gordon's profile leaves you wanting just a little bit more. Maybe next year will be the year.
April 5, 2019, 10:29 pmAaron GordonF, Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon turned in an excellent line of 10 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, two 3-pointers, a steal and a block in 28 minutes of action in Friday's win against the Hawks.
The Magic got whatever they wanted in this one riding a 60-percent shooting night to a big win. Gordon looked comfortable setting up his teammates dishing out seven or more assists for the sixth time this season. While owners would like to see more scoring, it's hard to argue with the results as Gordon's playmaking was a big part of the Magic scoring a season-high 149 points.
The Orlando Magic had, arguably, the fantasy pick of the year on their squad and finally made the playoffs, but contracts expire and the future is confusing.