It seems with the seventh selection in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Lakers are only picking from a pool of divisive players. With every swoon of a blogger regarding Marcus Smart’s driving ability, another swath of people will dive right in with concerns about his shooting and attitude. Noah Vonleh certainly has his fans, but also has his detractors who wonder why he wasn’t more of an offensive threat on such a middling Indiana team this past year. Doug McDermott, Gary Harris, Tyler Ennis and Zach LaVine might all be fine, fine pros eventually, but I could pick them apart after watching just a few minutes of video. Former University of Arizona forward Aaron Gordon is no different.
Most scouts that I’ve read and video that I’ve watched on Gordon all read almost exactly the same–a flawed player who still has an otherworldly athleticism, drive and most importantly, youth on his side. Let’s break down the big man point by point:
In most cases, for a blogger to put down “athleticism” as a bulleted argument is usually an exercise in laziness–after all, if we’re talking about an NBA lottery pick, we’re usually talking about guy with world-class athleticism.
But for Aaron Gordon? A seemingly mundane point has got to be highlighted.
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