Aaron Gordon sat slouched in front of his locker, immobile as ice packs worked on his body following yet another loss earlier this season. His Orlando Magic teammates showered and dressed, and left.
Gordon’s back had been bothering him, and no wonder: He’s in his fifth year of carrying the Magic franchise. And he is in for the long haul, too. After doing what he described as “due diligence” this past summer, Gordon signed a four-year, million contract, handing over most of his mid-20s to a team that, so far, has failed to put a winning combination around him.
But if the 6-foot-9 multidimensional star is still waiting for a winning supporting cast, his 2018-19 season is the latest, best evidence yet that he is approaching a specific kind of broad-based play that is fast becoming a requirement for surviving in the N.B.A.
Gordon showed it off days ago in a 103-96 win over the Golden State Warriors.
He did it all, scoring 22 points, pulling down 15 rebounds and using his defensive athleticism to help limit the Warriors to 9-for-40 shooting from 3-point range. By the end of last week, the surging Magic had found themselves in eighth place in the Eastern Conference and in new territory for Gordon: the playoff race.
It has taken every skill Gordon has, but for his part, the 23-year-old has embraced the way the competition in the N.B.A. has demanded that he do virtually everything on any given night.
“Versatility is going to be a huge part. The league is going in that direction,” Gordon said. “So it’s going to be 6-9, 6-10, 6-11, 7-foot guys able to do everything — handle the ball, pass, shoot, rebound. That’s the way the game is going to be.”
And that’s the way the game is for Gordon, and how it has been dating back to his high school days at Archbishop Mitty in San Jose, Calif., where he played point guard before a late growth spurt turned him into a 6-foot-9 forward at Arizona, and then the fourth overall pick in the 2014 N.B.A. draft.
The Magic can use Gordon anywhere.
For three consecutive possessions in a game against the Houston Rockets in January, Gordon found himself bringing the ball up the floor and feeding center Nikola Vucevic in the post, settling out on the wing for a 3-pointer on a catch-and-shoot, and then posting up himself.
“Offensively, his efficiency is up, and his assists are way up,” Magic Coach Steve Clifford said of Gordon. “I think one of our issues has been drawing fouls and getting the ball going into the paint. And that’s something he’s done a good job with.”
Gordon was back in San Jose this past summer, getting up 300 shots every day, and the result has been a 53.3 true shooting percentage, his most efficient showing in three years, even as he’s taken more shots from everywhere on the court and opposing defenses have constructed game plans around stopping him.
But he also put in extra time on work like slide steps, all with the long-range goal of becoming an elite two-way player. Clifford said Gordon laid out his plans for himself when the two first spoke after Clifford was hired over the summer.
The results have been extraordinary. Per Synergy, Gordon ranks second (of 140 qualified players) in the N.B.A. in points per possession on isolation plays, minimum 40 possessions, with 0.545 points per possession.
And he isn’t doing this against just bigs, either: The Magic routinely play him against the opposing team’s biggest offensive threat.
When the Magic played the Nets in January, Orlando had Gordon take on Joe Harris, a shooting guard, the league leader in three-point percentage and winner of the three-point contest during All-Star weekend.
“That speaks to, first of all, what they think of Joe, and also what they think of Gordon’s defensive game,” Nets Coach Kenny Atkinson said. “And defensively, when he wants to stop a guy, he can stop him — he has phenomenal athleticism.”
The extent of Gordon’s abilities on that end were revealed further against the Nets that night, when a switch landed Gordon on the Nets’ D’Angelo Russell, an uber-quick point guard in the midst of the finest scoring barrage of his career. Russell feinted left, right, trying to find a pathway with his dribble from the top of the key. Gordon did not let him pass, and Russell, clearly frustrated, finally shunted the ball off to a teammate.
The indications that Gordon has become a star are there. What is far less clear is how Orlando puts a championship team around him, though Clifford effusively endorsed him as the model player of that future roster.
“He fits with what wins in the N.B.A. right now,” Clifford said. “He’s 23, and he’s made terrific gains, already, this year.”
Clifford is a capable coach, in his first season with Orlando. But the roster looks less like a plan and more like a series of one-off moves. Vucevic is an excellent, traditional center, but his presence has kept Gordon, along with young bigs Mo Bamba and Jonathan Isaac, from getting significant time developing as the kind of stretch 5s most teams around the league deploy.
Gordon is picked to run the offense, and does so effectively — his assist percentage of 16.4 is a career high — but that is in part because Orlando lacks a true starting point guard. Markelle Fultz may be the answer long-term, but whether the embattled former Philadelphia 76ers guard even plays this season remains a mystery.
Gordon’s next step, per Clifford, needs to be the role of go-to scorer down the stretch of games, which Gordon agrees with. Will it happen?
“Well, we’ll see,” Clifford said. “I mean, that’s what it’s all about. We’ll see.”
But he needs help getting to those late-game situations with a chance to win it. Still, as Gordon eases into superstardom in the relative obscurity of Orlando’s slow rise in the East, he often uses visualization to help motivate himself, closing his eyes and picturing what a championship for the only franchise he’s ever known would look like.
He said it gets hard to see it sometimes, pointing out that “a lot of things have to go right” even as he said he was sure it will.
“Of course,” Gordon said, pulling on his pants gingerly, navigating his sore back.
Toppling the Warriors last week showed Gordon just may be right. Losing to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night, though, showed how far the Magic have to go.B:
凤凰马经马经首页【看】【着】【魔】【族】【头】【上】【顶】【着】【的】【能】【量】【盾】，【楚】【凡】【知】【道】，【这】【次】【已】【经】【没】【有】【了】【消】【灭】【全】【部】【魔】【族】【的】【可】【能】【了】。 【果】【不】【其】【然】，【在】3【公】【里】【外】【的】【楚】【凡】【发】【现】【已】【经】【有】【魔】【族】【回】【到】【了】【传】【送】【通】【道】，【然】【后】【踏】【入】【空】【间】【通】【道】【消】【失】【不】【见】。 【楚】【凡】【知】【道】，【接】【下】【来】【进】【入】【魔】【盗】【山】【的】【魔】【族】【就】【不】【是】【几】【百】【几】【千】【了】，【而】【是】【几】【万】，【几】【十】【万】，【上】【百】【万】【甚】【至】【几】【百】【万】【都】【有】【可】【能】。 【没】【有】【迟】【疑】，【楚】【凡】
【第】1075【章】 “【我】【要】【先】【收】【一】【点】【定】【金】。” 【赵】【牧】【贪】【婪】【地】【盯】【着】【本】【源】【演】【天】【珠】【碎】【片】【说】【道】。 “【这】【不】【好】【吧】！” 【元】【祖】【兽】【迟】【疑】【道】。 “【没】【有】【定】【金】【免】【谈】。” 【赵】【牧】【不】【容】【置】【疑】【的】【说】【道】。 “【好】【吧】！” 【元】【祖】【兽】【叹】【息】【道】，【神】【秘】【珠】【子】【碎】【片】【嗖】【的】【一】【下】【破】【空】【飞】【向】【赵】【牧】。 【赵】【牧】【接】【住】【随】【手】【丢】【进】【时】【光】【迷】【城】，【强】【忍】【着】【内】【心】【的】【狂】【笑】【不】【动】
【上】【个】【月】，【一】【加】【在】【北】【京】【召】【开】【发】【布】【会】，【正】【式】【发】【布】【了】【全】【新】【的】【一】【加】7 Pro，【作】【为】【一】【加】【现】【阶】【段】【的】【巅】【峰】【之】【作】，【这】【款】【手】【机】【在】【各】【个】【方】【面】【都】【有】【着】【不】【小】【的】【提】【升】，【被】【不】【少】【网】【友】【称】【为】【年】【度】【真】【香】【机】【皇】。【刚】【好】【我】【们】【也】【是】【拿】【到】【这】【款】【一】【加】7 Pro，【接】【下】【来】【就】【一】【起】【来】【看】【看】90Hz【屏】【加】【持】【下】【的】【它】【到】【底】【有】【多】【香】【吧】。
#【突】【然】【就】【开】【了】【地】【图】【炮】# 【咳】。 【那】【边】【一】【人】【一】【妖】【因】【为】【小】【兔】【妖】【委】【屈】【巴】【巴】【的】【喊】【话】，【原】【本】【看】【起】【来】【还】【有】【些】【生】【气】【的】【人】【类】【青】【年】【霎】【时】【间】【气】【就】【消】【了】【一】【大】【截】，【他】【无】【奈】【的】【看】【着】【小】【兔】【妖】，【道】： “【那】【你】【为】【什】【么】【要】【和】【他】【们】【混】【在】【一】【起】？【他】【们】【都】【不】【是】【什】【么】【好】【妖】，【这】【样】【下】【去】【迟】【早】【会】【出】【事】。” 【小】【兔】【妖】【沉】【默】【了】【一】【下】，【低】【下】【头】【小】【声】【道】：“【可】【他】【是】【我】【师】【傅】【呀】
【甘】【锦】【绣】【不】【客】【气】【的】【抽】【回】【自】【己】【的】【手】，【瞪】【了】【黄】【氏】【一】【眼】，【说】：“【我】【劝】【你】【们】【还】【是】【歇】【了】【这】【个】【念】【头】【吧】！【要】【是】【周】【倾】【在】【家】，【兴】【许】【他】【会】【顾】【念】【着】【你】【们】【的】【养】【育】【之】【恩】，【给】【你】【们】【几】【两】【银】【子】。【可】【现】【在】【周】【倾】【和】【霖】【妹】【都】【不】【在】【家】，【你】【们】【觉】【得】【清】【风】【大】【哥】【他】【们】【会】【拿】【拿】【钱】【拿】【粮】【给】【你】【们】【么】？【这】【一】【天】【天】【的】，【是】【没】【睡】【醒】【还】【是】【怎】【么】【滴】，【咋】【就】【这】【么】【会】【做】【梦】【呢】？” 【黄】【氏】【本】【来】【身】【体】【就】凤凰马经马经首页【巨】【大】【的】【金】【色】【笼】【子】【在】【众】【人】【的】【瞩】【目】【下】【被】【缓】【缓】【推】【上】【台】【来】。 【被】【关】【在】【里】【面】【用】【丝】【绸】【做】【窝】【的】，【不】【是】【什】【么】【凶】【猛】【的】【恶】【兽】，【也】【不】【是】【什】【么】【美】【丽】【的】【珍】【禽】，【而】【是】——【两】【个】【人】【类】。 【那】【是】【两】【个】【容】【貌】【出】【众】【的】【孩】【子】。 【稍】【大】【的】【短】【发】【女】【孩】【穿】【着】【黑】【色】【的】【小】【洋】【裙】，【身】【上】【缠】【着】【层】【层】【叠】【叠】【的】【丝】【带】，【躺】【在】【红】【丝】【绸】【上】【紧】【闭】【着】【双】【眼】，【呼】【吸】【微】【弱】，【只】【露】【出】【了】【半】【张】【精】【致】【却】【又】
【郑】【丰】【谷】【家】【来】【了】【个】【老】【好】【看】【的】【俊】【俏】【公】【子】，【带】【着】【十】【几】【个】【侍】【卫】【随】【从】，【浩】【浩】【荡】【荡】【的】【可】【威】【风】【了】！ 【就】【是】【有】【点】【凶】，【一】【来】【就】【把】【郑】【丰】【年】【家】【的】【儿】【媳】【妇】【给】【打】【了】，【那】【一】【鞭】【子】【抽】【过】【去】，【差】【点】【没】【把】【人】【给】【从】【中】【劈】【裂】【了】【开】【了】！ 【啥】？【用】【鞭】【子】【咋】【能】【将】【人】【劈】【开】？【那】【是】【你】【当】【时】【没】【有】【在】【现】【场】，【我】【可】【是】【亲】【眼】【看】【见】【的】，【那】【鞭】【子】【飞】【了】【起】【来】，“【咻】”【的】【一】【声】【让】【我】【差】【点】【以】【为】【听】
270. 【岳】【晗】【凑】【到】【穆】【江】【霖】【耳】【朵】【边】，【似】【笑】【非】【笑】【地】【小】【声】【问】：“【默】【认】【了】？” 【穆】【江】【霖】【脸】【色】【一】【沉】，【斜】【睨】【向】【岳】【晗】，“【那】【小】【子】【吊】【儿】【郎】【当】【的】，【虽】【然】【也】【有】【稳】【重】【的】【时】【候】……” 【他】【觉】【得】【陈】【飞】【和】【穆】【江】【玥】【之】【间】【的】【关】【系】【并】【没】【确】【定】，【所】【以】【自】【己】【不】【便】【过】【多】【评】【价】，【尤】【其】【是】【不】【好】【的】【评】【价】，【于】【是】【顿】【住】，【将】【千】【言】【万】【语】【汇】【成】【四】【个】【字】：“【我】【不】【喜】【欢】。” 【岳】