After a disappointing season for the Portland Trail Blazers, rookie guard Aaron Gordon has earned himself a spot in the 2018 NBA draft.
The 22-year-old Gordon, who averaged 11.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.6 blocks per game during the regular season, led the Blazers to the playoffs for the first time in four seasons, defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round.
Gordon’s performance earned him a spot on the 2018 Rookie of the Year ballot.
Despite a mediocre season, Gordon was a consensus first-round pick by the NBPA, garnering the second-highest overall grade in the draft class.
He is currently ranked No. 20 by Next Big 2020.
While Gordon is likely to be selected with the No. 10 pick, he will have a difficult time competing for a roster spot with the likes of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum currently on the roster.
In fact, Gordon is ranked as the No 4 player in the NBA according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, while McCollam is the No 1.
As Gordon is entering the second season of his NBA career, he is still developing as a player.
It will be interesting to see how Gordon develops going forward.
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