A recent decision by Frank Vogel illustrates the growth in Aaron Gordon’s game and Vogel’s growing confidence in Gordon to produce under pressure. On Saturday, as the Orlando Magic trailed the Miami Heat by three points with 23.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Vogel constructed a play that called for Gordon to receive the ball at the top of the arc and launch a potential game-tying shot. During Gordon’s first three seasons, Magic coaches never would’ve wanted Gordon to take a catch-and-shoot jumper with a game’s outcome hanging in the balance. Gordon missed that shot, but it didn’t change Vogel’s opinion of the 22-year-old power forward. “He’s not just a spot-up shooter,” Vogel said. “He’s a pindown shooter. That says a lot about his development, quite frankly.” With the Magic struggling terribly, having lost 22 of their last 26 games, Gordon’s growth must be considered their most significant on-the-court positive. Statistics tell the story. A career 28.9 percent shooter from 3-point range at the start of this season, Gordon has made 40.5 percent of his tries from deep this season. Team officials would be ecstatic if he continues to shoot that accurately.
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Orlando Sentinel | Jan 2