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  1. Justin Jaudon

    Will AG Become Elite?

    I made mention of pretty much this same concept back during the series against Toronto, and there are a lot more than just those three other guys to compare him to. I like those guys specifically because they are the prototype for guys who came out of college with a lot of upside but were incredibly raw on offense. That is what we knew about Gordon coming out of college. So far he's done just about the best you could hope for from a player with that profile. Like Kawhi and Vic, Gordon had a lot of things he needed to learn to do when he got into the league, but his overall talent and work ethic (again, like Kawhi and Vic) have caused him to add things and become a little closer to great player every year. In my opinion, Gordon is missing one thing to become elite: consistent stop and pop or even step back jumper. If he gets that, his quickness and athleticism makes him very hard to guard. He doesn't have to be a terrific ball-handler if he can do that. He's shown he can out-muscle and out-hustle smaller guys for buckets in the lane, if teams try to play him small. He's shown he can out-quick bigger guys when they try to put a bigger 4 on him. What he struggles with is beating athletic 4s. The step-back, or even the Kawhi-level stop and pop helps that tremendously. Adding that shot causes these athletic 4s to guard him differently. He would draw more fouls because they would have to guard him closer, or he would hit shots over-top of them if they lay off. He's shown flashes of that shot, but he's got to stop fading so far back with it. It's by no means a given. Maybe he starts to plateau now. But I'm certainly not betting against him. Dude could absolutely still be elite. It's just a matter of does he have that shot in him.
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    Magic @ Raptors - Tuesday, April 23rd at 7 P.M.

    Yeah, imagine if Birch wasn't useless though.
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    Magic Vs. Raptors - Sunday, April 21st at 7:00 P.M.

    Just throwing this out there. First Year Kawhi scores 20+ per game: age 24. DeMar DeRozen: 24. LaMarcus Aldridge: 25. Steph mother*****ing Curry: 24. Victor "sniff... I'm not crying, you're crying!" Oladipo: 25. Julius Randle: 24. Klay Thompson: 24. Hell, why not? Joe Johnson: 24; Jimmy Butler: 25. I mention these guys because, unlike other guys such as CJ McCollum or Isaiah Thomas (both age 24 for their first, by the way), these guys didn't suddenly come out of nowhere as terrific scorers because they finally got the minutes. They build it up over time. They were guys who came into the league at various levels of poor-to-mediocre offense and built themselves into high-level scorers (Randle, I guess really we'll see, but I threw him in there just because he fit the criteria so far). They started out rough. Then they were okay. Then they were solid. Then they were very good. Then they were elite. They just worked their way into being elite scorers. I think Gordon does that his age 24 season. He fits the mold. This playoffs should be a reason for us to put it in his hands more (who else leads without Vuc, and dear God don't let us re-sign him). Yes, he's still raw in some ways. No, he's not Kawhi, or DeRozen, or any of those guys. That's what's great about that list of guys. Those guys are all different, all had to learn different things to be the elite scorers they are/were. Some were scorers in college who had to learn how to do it at an NBA level (Curry, for one). Some were super-raw talents who everyone thought could do it, but it took time (Aldridge, Johnson). Some were guys who weren't supposed to have high scoring ceilings at all, but worked their way into it (Kawhi, Klay). I'm not saying Gordon for sure does this. I just wanted to remind everyone that he hasn't NECESSARILY plateaued as a scorer, and he could still be elite. I see so many people say "We don't have that guy yet" with such certainty. But we still might. Tonight Gordon showed that he can put up 25 in a playoff game against one of the best defensive teams in the league, while guarding one of the best offensive players in the league. He did it in a variety of ways, when the defense knew he was all we had at that point. Yes, we lost big tonight. Yes, we lost big the other game this series he put up 20. But remember that we used to say 'Dipo only had big nights when we lost, too. It wasn't 'Dipo's fault we lost so much. It isn't Aaron's fault we're losing this series. I think Gordon makes another stride forward next year as a scorer, especially if Vuc leaves (please, God, leave).
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    Magic Vs. Raptors - Sunday, April 21st at 7:00 P.M.

    To be fair to Vuc, Birch has been garbage this game. 4th quarter Vuc couldn't be worse.
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    Magic Vs. Raptors - Sunday, April 21st at 7:00 P.M.

    I still feel like Aaron can develop into this guy more consistently.
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    Magic Vs. Raptors - Sunday, April 21st at 7:00 P.M.

    Seriously, every time we double Kawhi up top like that he torches us.
  7. Justin Jaudon

    Magic Vs. Raptors - Sunday, April 21st at 7:00 P.M.

    I *****ing love AG.
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    Magic Vs. Raptors - Sunday, April 21st at 7:00 P.M.

    Every time we try to double Kawhi it's a disaster
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    Magic Vs. Raptors - Sunday, April 21st at 7:00 P.M.

    Gotta think we come out with more energy in the second. Couldn't have less right now, anyway.
  10. Justin Jaudon

    Magic Vs. Raptors - Sunday, April 21st at 7:00 P.M.

    Bunny suit for Easter?
  11. Justin Jaudon

    Magic Vs. Raptors - Sunday, April 21st at 7:00 P.M.

    Damn internet went out at the end of the first. Just now coming back up.
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    Magic Vs. Raptors - Sunday, April 21st at 7:00 P.M.

    Must. Stop. Turning. Ball. Over. We would be up big right now, even if all the TOs were just missed shots.
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    Magic Vs. Raptors - Sunday, April 21st at 7:00 P.M.

    We look so good when we're making shots.
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    Magic Vs. Raptors - Friday, April 19th at 7:00 P.M.

    Assuming you're talking about Kawhi, we clearly made the adjustment from game 2 and made him work a lot harder and have an inefficient and mistake-prone game 3. If we can find an adjustment against Siakam as well, they will have no offense.
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    Magic Vs. Raptors - Friday, April 19th at 7:00 P.M.

    To be fair, we've played one game where Leonard couldn't miss no matter the defense, and another where Siakam couldn't. Maybe we'll actually get a game where none of their players put up the best game of their lives.
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