Successful college players often have trouble finding a true position in the NBA. Moving to the next level can be difficult considering every position is bigger and stronger than it was in the NCAA, and the transition is far from smooth for many players.
Aaron Gordon, one of the more physically intriguing prospects, may fall into this category. Teams seem to have questions about which position he will play in the NBA, but he doesn’t seem too worried. Via Basketball Insiders:
The biggest question surrounding Gordon is what position he’ll play in the NBA. Is he a small forward or a power forward? The tweener label could scare some teams away, but Gordon isn’t concerned about making the transition to the league. He feels his versatility will actually make him more valuable and effective at the next level.
“The most common question [from teams] was what position do you think you’re going to play, or what position do you think you can play?” Gordon said. “I just answered, ‘I’m a forward, but you can play me at the one, you can play me at the five, you can play me at the two, you can play me at the three, you can play me at the four, it doesn’t matter.’ … I’m a basketball player, I can do pretty much everything out there and that’s what I intend on doing.”
I get his point, but one through five is a little much. Hey, the confidence is nice, though.
Gordon’s stock seems to be rising, so it will be interesting to see where someone takes him.