When Aaron Gordon met the media at exit interviews after the Orlando Magic’s playoff series with the Toronto Raptors ended, he was asked if he was closer to his goal of winning Defensive Player of the Year.
That was a goal he boldly stated for himself during his introductory press conference after the rookie. It had become a renewed call under coach Steve Clifford. A goal for the young player’s development and place on the team.
Aaron Gordon had re-established some of his defensive reputation. He was a good defender still working to get to that elite level.