MGrand15 wrote: vincecarter4pres wrote:
Agree. Plus he just saw DLo get a max. LeVert got paid. Harris is about to sign a big contract. He is next.
With LeVert’s injury history and our need for a defensive wing, if we could get T Ross or AG, that would be better than nothing is my opinion.
I don’t want us to be in an elimination game and have to rely on inexperienced G League call ups because one of our core players are injured. Ross and AG are at least legit NBA players who have enough experience to play in big games.
Can I ask a question?
Let me preface this and say with the flurry of activity on the boards I do not remember which camp you lie in, but...
Why are so many posters who pine after Aaron Gordon, or at least have substantial interest in the idea of trading for him, the same people who are so against Harrison Barnes and to a lesser extent, Tobias Harris, yet the latter two are obviously better players than Gordon?
Do the flashy dunks and run and jump athleticism, and, “untapped potential”, tag put the blinders on?
Every stat out there, every scouting report will let you know, not only are Barnes and Harris better players than Gordon, but they are easily the better fit here.
I just don’t get it...
Outside of money, I think it's agreed on that Aaron Gordon is not playing the right role in Orlando. Part of it is definitely him thinking he's better than he is. A big part of it is Orlando not having enough offensive firepower to let him be a super roleplayer. Lots of people think if you force him to focus strictly on defense + rim running + passing instead of trying to be Paul George - he'd be a lot more valuable. That kind of big wing defender who can guard Simmons, Tatum, Siakam + also play smallball 5 in spurts is something we're really missing.
He has a track record of already being a really good defender + an elite finisher at the rim so it's not all untapped potential.
This is what I figure and to me it's the classic case of a guy with out of this world athleticism fooling people into thinking he can be better than and a different style of player than what he already has been for 6 or 7 years, simply with a change of scenery.
Now that has happened in the past, but 9 times out of 10 it doesn't work like that.
I do like Gordon as a low cost option. Like if you can somehow nab him for Prince, a 1st round pick(even the Sixers pick), Musa and one of Rodi or Claxton, I'd be all for it, assuming other better moves weren't out there. He's an OK player, he has that athleticism we lack, he's shown glimpses of being a serviceable 3 point shooter and has the tools to be a good defender.
That's the one other thing I wanted to touch on, or more so ask of people who have watched more of him than me the last couple years... When did this track record of being a really good defender begin? Is it really true? I'm not even being sarcastic, I'm asking matter of factly, because between watching him literally maybe 5 to 10 times a season max the last few years, reading boards here, Basketball Twitter, reading stuff on the Athletic and seeing some stats, I've never thought of him, nor heard of him from anyone else then Orlando Magic fans and Nets Gordon Stans, called anything other then at best, an average defender. I've heard people say he has the potential to be a really good one in the right circumstances and some of the stats and his length and athleticism certainly point to that being very possible... But I don't know that he's currently anything better than passable on that end, or maybe average.