Espn has him as their 6th best player. Calling him the second-best athlete in this class. They do also call him a tweener tho. Saying things like " He lacks elite size at the power forward position and doesn't have a jump shot or ballhandling skills yet to play small forward. "
Nbadraft.net has him mocked going 24th to the Knicks. That's a big difference. Calling him Michael Beasley.
Now we all know he's freakishly athletic, and that he's trying to make the move to the 3 full time at Zona. Which I think is a bad move. He should look to stay at the 4, put on some lb's and use that terrific motor and explosive leaping along with being freakishly athletic to be the next " Blake Griffin " . If he can show this up coming season that he has some of the pro's listed like having a great motor along with being a freak he looks more of the top 8 pick Espn has him and not the late 20's that this site is saying.
He'll be a top 6-7 pick. He's a Josh Smith type of athlete with a better head on his shoulders.
Didn't realize this site has him in the 20's. If so I think they are wrong. He can be a sf. From the highschool games I watched(not just highlights but full games) I think his ball handling and shooting are solid and just need some fine tuning. Regardless of position, his biggest strength will always be around the rim, but that doesn't mean he can't play inside and out ala kawhi Leonard.
I think he should aim to be more of a small forward. Improve his handle and shooting and pair that with his superb athletic gifts plus he's 6'8 that's an intriguing prospect for sure.
He is nothin like 6-8. According to fiba.com that has measurements way more accurate n realistic than every usa site he is 6-6(198cm) that makes him even a little short for sf position and nowhere near good size for pf spot.
That is simply not true, it's just that they use measurements from usabasketball profile which are old these are the measurements that probably were when he was playing for u16 team few years back. He is legit 6'8 or 6'8.5 in shoes, he was actually measured at 6'9 in shoes with 6'11.5 wingspan in Hoop Summit.
I'm not quite sure whether he should try become full time small forward, obviuosly one of his strengths are his athleticism, motor, ability to rebound... He is probably capable of playing both positions similarly well and could become something similar to Shawn Marion if everyghing goes well. Depending on the team or individual matchups he could play either position and exploit his advantages.
He's one hell of a player after all, I feel that he will be a very good pro. He has amazing physical atributes and work ethic, plus he has an older brother who has been through a lot and can definitely advice him a lot.
I don't really like him but he's certainly not the 24th best player in the draft, he's so athletic and coordinated. The height and weight will be a big issue though.
Just to clarify, as someone mentioned above, AG is a legit 6'8.5 or taller in shoes (the standard way prospects are measured) and is still 17 years old. I believe he will see time at both the 3 and the 4 next year for Arizona and the feedback he gets from scouts will determine his long term position. Also, let's not forget that a 6'7 tweener, who I think is less likely to play on the perimeter than AG, was just drafted #1 overall.
I don't think trying to play the 3 will hurt Gordon's stock in the long run. If it works out his stock could be greatly boosted and if it doesn't, he will receive feedback that he has plenty of height and athleticism (he will need to put on weight though) to play the power forward position in today's NBA. Regardless of his position, I don't see anyway an athlete like Gordon slips out of the lottery; even in an extremely strong draft.
I mean... look at Anthony Bennett.
I haven't really followed this draft class as much as some of the others, but from some of the hype games I've watched him play in he reminded me a little of Blake Griffen. The kid is strong, fast, multi-skilled, and just tries to dunk everything. If he can work on the fundamentals I don't see anyway he falls out of the lottery.
Aaron Gordon is highly overrated. He's simply an athletic freak and nothing else. He can get away with that in college, but he won't be able to get away with it in the NBA. If you were as good as your athletic ability, then Gerald Green would be an All-Star. How some sites had him rates higher than Jabari Parker is mind boggling. I'd take Parker over Gordon any day of the week.
What about defense? If Gordon is overrated that mean's you're saying that he is overrated in rebounding and defense and can't defend the three or the four. Jabari Parker is isn't in any way a better defender at the three or the four and can't be projected to be a better defender in college or in the nba because you have nothing to prove that is the case so he has to be overrated as well.
Don't be ridiculous. I'm talking about Aaron Gordon as a player. Anybody can nitpick individual parts of somebody's game. You have to take the whole package into account when evaluating a player. By your logic, people who said Gerald Green was overrated were also saying his athleticism was overrated (not so, he blew out a candle on the rim at a slam dunk contest). Also, you can find guys who rebound and play defense who are ranked outside of the top 10 in the high school rankings.
You just said Gordon was overrated as a player and doesn't have anything but athletic ability which means he brings little to nothing to the table defensively or rebounding wise or that his defensive or rebounding ability and potential are overvalued and can't be a game-changer on that end of the court; and many times defense more important than just scoring the basketball.
Anybody who's athletic can defend or rebound. And, like I said, I can find lower rated players who do the same thing. Therefore, he's overrated.
There are plenty of athletic players in college and in the nba who are terrible at defense Jabari Parker could be overrated too if he is a liability on defense.
If I were this kid, I'd work on my ball skills and really try to develop into a SF. I mean, why not at least try to? If he succeeds at transitioning to being a SF his potential ceiling gets much higher. And if it turns out he's better suited as a PF, so be it. What I really hope he does is stay in school for 2 years to really develop his basketball skills because right now he's playing mostly off of his physical talents. That only works for so long.
I don't understand why he's worried about what position he wants to play. Work on your game and be ready to do what your coach asks you to do. If you work hard enough on your handle and jumper then you will end up playing some 3. Until then use your physical gifts to help your team win. I really don't like Gordon's style at all. I think he's really into himself and is a showboat. Don't get me wrong, I love highlight dunks and all but take the game a little more serious. Just work hard and things will happen for you.
Him taking the game seriously isn't a problem IMO. He's a very competitive dude and he's a good team player as well. Gordon plays with very good effort and he's a willing passer. He just so happens to be extremely athletic, so he's gonna get his share of dunks.
What I don't like about him is that he doesn't understand his limitations as a player right now. Its like he hears the criticisms that he can't shoot and he can't handle, which are completely valid, so he wants to show off that he has the ability to handle and shoot... and he just ends up making awkward looking plays. For instance, today he had an opportunity to take the ball off the rim and go. He tried to run the break only to give up the ball at the wrong time, throwing a dud of a pass that went off his teammates leg. Someone else should've led the break. Working on those weaknesses is fine, but he needs to do a better job picking his spots and playing within himself, letting other players do what he is currently not good at.