Orlando Magic Draft Aaron Gordon Fourth Overall


Dec 11, 2013; Tucson, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats forward Aaron Gordon (11) prepares to pass during the first half against the New Mexico State Aggies at McKale Center. Arizona won 74-48. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The Orlando Magic went off the board with the fourth overall draft pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, selecting Arizona forward Aaron Gordon.

In one year of college ball, Gordon averaged 12.4 points and eight rebounds a game.

Gordon is wildly athletic and is classified as an elite defender.

“I love defense just as much as I love scoring,” Gordon told the Orlando Sentinel. “It’s really fun for me to make sure that guy can’t score, and I love playing both ends of the floor. I think that’s what makes a true great basketball player: playing both ends.”

He hit just a shade under 50 per cent from the field while draining 35 per cent of his 3-pointers. However, he hit just 42 per cent of his shots from the free throw line.

Questions remain as to what position Gordon will play with the Magic as he himself isn’t so sure.

The pick is somewhat as a surprise as many mock drafts did not have Gordon going as high as 4th overall, despite being a guaranteed lottery pick.

There is a chance the Magic trade Gordon later, which could factor in to why he was selected so high.

The Magic also has the 12th overall and 56th overall pick tonight, the latter of which was acquired in the Arron Afflalo trade with the Denver Nuggets earlier today.