On Friday, Aaron Gordon fielded a question about how he developed the mindset to become a defensive stopper.

Gordon paused for a moment, then spoke.

He said: "If somebody really can't score on you, I think that's really what makes you better than them."

The Orlando Magic believe he'll maintain that approach.

That's a primary reason why the team selected him fourth overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Team officials think Gordon and point guard Elfrid Payton, the rookie the team acquired in a draft-night trade, will make the team tougher, especially on defense.

"To play really good basketball, you've got to play both ends of the floor," Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said. "That's what we believe, and that's what we want to be about, and I think anytime you can find players who compete at both ends — truly compete and truly want to put forth the requisite effort that it takes to try to win — we feel that's a critical element.

"So as we started to examine the draft and all the players that were available, we wanted some hard-nosed dudes and we want guys who are going to get after people."

The first chance Gordon, Payton and the team's second-round pick, shooting guard Devyn Marble, will have to display their toughness will be on July 5 when they join veterans Victor Oladipo, Dewayne Dedmon and Doron Lamb on the Magic's Orlando Pro Summer League team.

On Friday, the three rookies shared a dais with Hennigan and coach Jacque Vaughn for their introductory news conference in front of Central Florida media.

Gordon, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward from San Jose, Calif., sat in the middle and wore a cranberry-colored suit and cranberry-colored tie.

He also displayed charisma and wit.

Asked why he's chosen to wear No. 00 on his Magic jersey, he responded that he considered 32 to honor the first basketball player he idolized, Magic Johnson. But Gordon declined to pick 32 because that was Shaquille O'Neal's number and Gordon doesn't want to be compared to O'Neal.

"I didn't want to follow Magic Johnson's number," Gordon said. "If you're trying to aspire to be one person, I think your aspirations are going to fall short every single time. I'm going to try to leave my own legacy with my own number. The double-zero represents how wide I want the fans' eyes to be when they see all of us playing."

Gordon has said he wants to earn NBA Defensive Player of the Year honors at some point during his pro career. His lone college season at Arizona showed he has potential on that end of the court. Gordon is a gifted athlete and smart player, and Wildcats coach Sean Miller felt comfortable switching Gordon defensively on pick-and-rolls onto players at every position.