2014 NBA Draft Profile: Aaron Gordon
Aaron Gordon was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year - the seventh Arizona player to earn the honor - and was also selected to the First-Team All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. The San Jose native set UA freshman records with 303 rebounds and 38 games started, and finished the season ranked second all-time among UA freshman in minutes played (1,187), third in field goals (189), fourth in free throw attempts (180), fifth in blocks (39) and eighth in points (470).
On Wednesday, June 4, Gordon was one of 12 prospects to go through a pre-draft workout in front of Lakers brass at the team's practice facility. PHOTO GALLERY
Below is a transcription of his comments to assembled media members:
Q: On his thoughts on working out here in Los Angeles:
Gordon: The trophies back there, I went up and asked somebody: ‘Are those real?’ I thought it was pretty interesting. It would be amazing to play here, but like I said, I’m just excited to be picked by any team.
Q: On what he wants to show teams in these workouts:
Gordon: I think I just have to show people that I’m not losing what got me here, which is my athleticism, my motor and my intangibles. Everything else is just icing on the cake. I’m shooting the ball a little bit better and people are finally seeing how well I can dribble the ball and how well I can pass the ball.
Q: On what position he sees himself playing in the NBA:
Gordon: Point forward. Forward as of right now and then developing into a point forward. I’ve played point forward my entire life but at the next level I want to be a forward and then develop into that.
Q: On possibly playing with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash:
Gordon: Kobe is psychotic about basketball and I am too. That would be absolutely incredible learning from a great, just the little intricacies of the game, the details. I’d love to see his work ethic. Kobe is the definition of a true pro as well as Steve Nash. Being around those two guys would help me tremendously.
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Gordon showed a 39-inch vertical at the NBA Draft Combine, third highest recorded for a power forward/center behind Miles Plumlee and Tyrus Thomas. He boasted the best shuttle run time of 2.76 seconds and finished with the seventh best time - best by a non-guard - in the lane agility drill at 10.81 seconds.
Other NBA Draft Combine Measurements
Three Quarter Sprint: 3.27 seconds
Standing Vertical Leap: 32.5 inches
Hand Length: 8.75 inches
Hand Width: 10.5 inches
Standing Reach: 8 feet, 9 inches
Wingspan: 6 feet, 11.75 inches
"Gordon may appear raw to the naked eye, but he's almost universally loved by NBA GMs and scouts. Yes, he's not a great shooter and struggles to create offense for himself off the bounce, but virtually every other part of his game screams "NBA stat-stuffer. Gordon is a terrific defender, using both length and elite athletic ability to guard multiple positions. He's a great rebounder and shot-blocker for his size. His motor is also off the charts. And he can finish way above the rim."