Mar 27, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Arizona Wildcats forward Aaron Gordon (11) dunks the ball against the San Diego State Aztecs during the second half in the semifinals of the west regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament at Honda Center. The Wildcats defeated the Aztecs 70-64. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Should Lakers Draft Aaron Gordon?

With the 2014 NBA draft looming right around the corner there is much speculation as to how the draft will turn out when it starts on June 26. The Cleveland Cavaliers have been closely followed as reporters are searching for any intimation as to which of the high profile prospects they’ll decide to draft. The inability to forecast these events only adds to the anxiety and overall excitement for the coming event.

However, maybe it’s better this way. The fact that nothing is certain leaves it wide open for us to discuss which player we think would fit best with our favorite team. Now, since we love the Lakers here at Lake Show Life, let’s focus on them. A few different names have attached themselves to the Lakers so far. One interesting prospect is the former Arizona Wildcats forward, Aaron Gordon.

Yes, he is only 18 years old. Yes, he only played one year of college basketball. And yes, he still has room for growth both physically and to his overall game. But, there is no denying Gordon’s overall athleticism. Gordon has drawn pro-comparisons to Dallas Mavericks forward, Shawn Marion, mostly due to his versatility and defensive ability on the court.

This is why Gordon could be an exceptional fit for the Lakers. Last season the Lakers ranked 28th in defensive efficiency—only the Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz were worse. The Western Conference is filled with many athletic, young guards that wreak havoc on NBA teams. Unfortunately for the Lakers they don’t have anyone on the current roster that can keep up with any of them. Though Gordon is listed as a forward, he might find himself as an in-between type of player. However, we’ve seen in the playoffs how elite guards such as Chris Paul and Tony Parker have struggled when guarded by bigger defenders.

It still remains to be seen if Aaron Gordon will even be available when it’s the Lakers time to pick, but if he is obtainable the Lakers should take serious consideration into picking him. Defense and rebounding is what wins championships, and I wont be surprised if he turns out to be the top defender that comes out of this draft class.

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  • M T

    LA needs to draft Gordon over anyone that’s available. He’s
    just as good as Smart, so they shouldn’t draft Smart bcz they could just find
    another similar player like Lowry and Lance in FA. There is no combo forward
    like Gordon in FA though. Gordon brings DEFENSE from day 1, athleticism, ball
    handling, passing, a high IQ, hustle, rebounding, and good finishing
    ability…..who doesn’t like that unique, amazing blend of skills?

    shooting isn’t even a concern bcz that’s something that improves over time with
    every player. We can’t expect most 18
    year olds to have and nba jumper. People already compare him to Blake bcz of
    his athleticism, passing, and even looks. People already compare him to Marion
    bcz of his rebounding, hustle, and great defense which is probably the best in
    the draft even though he’s the youngest player in the draft. I would like to add
    in another comparison: Noah. Gordon has great defense, great hustle, grn
    another comparison: Noah. Gordon has great defense, great hustle, great
    rebounding for his size, but he also has a very high IQ, handles the ball as a
    combo forward, and has good passing skills similar to Noah.

    isn’t a stat sheet guy; he is and will be an under-the-radar impact player. His
    contributions speak for themselves when he had the MOST defensive win shares in
    college as a freshmen AND not only that, but his team had the #1 defense in the
    nation. Gordon will be the all star worthy player that never makes the all star
    game just bcz he doesn’t score 20ppg, but his contributions everywhere else are

    • borsalino12

      I did this break-down about a month ago and did not get much support. It seems like most of the people, who write in this forum are teenagers, with very limited knowledge of the basketball.
      We don’t need from Aaron to score 20+ points a game. That, eventually will come with the time. We need him to play tough defense around the rim and to protect it as he always does. Gordon is a combo forward. That means, he can be used from the coach on both – 3 and 4, depending on the opponent. His low % shooting is not concern at the moment. We have enough fire power for that.We need a rim protector like him. We don’t need to add another point guard to the three, we already have.