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At this point, Aaron Gordon is entering the league without an offensive position. His superhero athleticism and instincts should translate to defensive versatility, which will keep him on the floor, but offensively he lacks the perimeter skills of a 3 or the post game of a 4.
Most of his production will come off catch-and-score opportunities—alley-oops, finishes off dump passes, putbacks, the occasional spot-up jumper. Once in a while, if a hole opens up, Gordon can put it on the floor for a dribble or two and slash to the hoop. These are plays once again driven by his elite athletic ability.
But his off-the-dribble game is limited, as are his back-to-the-basket and stretch games. Gordon isn't a guy you can feed the ball to and expect to create a shot against a set defense. And he's coming off a summer league in which he missed all 10 of his three-point attempts.
It's not a knock on his potential—Gordon doesn't turn 19 years old until September.
"Once he figures out what he's doing out there, Gordon has a chance to be a hell of a player in this league," an Eastern Conference executive told ESPN.com's Michael Wallace.
And he's got plenty of time to expand and polish up his offensive skills. But that's ultimately what it might take: plenty of time.