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Except for a few hiccups here and there, Aaron Gordon has looked much better over the last month of the season, as an injury to starting power forward Brandon Ashley has allowed him to play a bit more to his strengths.
He's averaging 16.8 points and 7.4 boards over his last five games. Gordon has been so tough to contain around the rim, thanks to his ability to play so high above it. Whether it's off offensive rebounds, slashes, cuts, lobs or in transition, there's just no stopping him from elevating above traffic for high-percentage finishes.
However, he's only hit three three-pointers since December 23, and his in-between game off the dribble is suspect. At this point, Gordon is more of a catch-and-score offensive player than one who can create his own shot.
Defensively, he's been terrific, as he's shown the size and length to man the post and the foot speed to guard the perimeter.
If there's one area of Gordon's game to keep an eye on this conference tournament, it's Gordon's horrendous free-throw stroke. He's making less than 45 percent of his attempts, a disastrous number for a guy who can get to the line.