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.