Aaron Gordon was a good defender during his first four years in the league. He became a great defender in 2018-19. So much so that the 6-foot-9, 220-pounder should be in the conversation for one of the NBA All-Defensive Teams.
2019 All-Stars Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard (regular season), Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons, Bradley Beal, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade all shot well below their season averages from the field when Gordon was the closest defender to their shot attempts, per Second Spectrum tracking data.
Former All-Stars Kevin Love, Gordon Hayward and Draymond Green, meanwhile, shot a combined 4-of-19 from the floor when the Magic’s versatile forward was the closest defender.