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Aaron Gordon would have been better off going to a team with established talent around him. He's the type of guy who'll be more effective when surrounded by better players.
Gordon's offensive strengths are highlighted by his ability to finish plays—not create them. And in Orlando, he might be forced to create more for himself, given the lack of playmakers the Magic are working with.
Gordon's situation in Orlando reminds me of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's in Charlotte when he was drafted with the second pick in 2012. Without many teammates capable of drawing attention to themselves or creating offense off the dribble, Kidd-Gilchrist has had to create many of his own scoring opportunities—a major weakness—and it's resulted in frustrating inconsistency.
Gordon will have a tough time scoring against set defenses as it is; with a rookie point guard, a lack of passers, no double-team magnets or one-on-one threats, it's going to be even tougher for him to consistently find good looks at the basket.
Had Gordon gone to a veteran team, he'd be able to play a bit more to his strengths as a catch-and-scorer. Look for his field-goal and shooting percentages to dip as he's forced to play into his weaknesses in Orlando.