Pros and Cons for LA Lakers Drafting Aaron Gordon at No. 7 in 2014 NBA Draft

The 2014 NBA draft continues to inch closer—the annual rite of passage will take place on June 26. The Los Angeles Lakers will be picking at No. 7 in the first round, which narrows down the choices to some extent.

Ask yourself this question, however—if the Lakers could sign Blake Griffin for $2.5 million, would they?

Of course they would.

That’s exactly what Aaron Gordon brings to the table—plus some added versatility. Maybe the comparison has been beaten to death, but that doesn’t make it untrue. Gordon, who played just a year at the University of Arizona, has an insane motor, plays above the rim and dunks with the same ferocity that resulted in Kia car ads and a monster throw-down reputation for Griffin.

Last Friday, BDA Sports, an elite sports management group, held workouts in Santa Monica for a number of its prized draft prospects. Gordon was among those participating in 45-minute drills. And among those watching were Lakers owner-executive Jim Buss, general manager Mitch Kupchak, assistant manager Glenn Carraro, director of scouting Jesse Buss, assistant director of scouting Ryan West and scouts Jordan Wilkes and Chaz Osborne.

According to Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times, Gordon had this to say about the prospect of being drafted by the Lakers: “I love L.A. I have family in L.A.”

Yeah, you’d better love it, buddy. The Purple and Gold may be signing you to a long-term contract.


Pros of drafting Gordon

You’ll hear the word versatility used a lot to describe Gordon—this isn’t a one-trick dunk machine. In the NBA, he’ll likely be used as a combo forward, depending on matchups.

The 18-year-old has excellent passing skills and has a great sense of floor spacing and awareness, knowing when to flash out to the wing position to exploit a one-on-one mi...

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