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Magic forward Aaron Gordon convinced he has ‘gotten a lot better in the post’

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Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon admits he was hesitant to work on his post-game earlier in his career; however, upon learning that the team needed a reliable player on the block, Gordon worked on his game. Now, he’s convinced that he has improved in that area.

“I’ve gotten a lot better in the post,” Gordon said with conviction, per John Dayton of OrlandoMagic.com. “Earlier in my career I didn’t want to get pigeon-holed as someone who only plays on the block, and sometimes I would overthink (posting up). So, I lost a part of my game that I needed and something that we needed as a team.”

Gordon then detailed his shot arsenal from the block, particularly his jump hooks and up-and-under move.

“On the low block, I can use my jump hooks, up-and-unders and doing stuff that the coaching staff, my teammates and the whole city are comfortable with,” he said. “It’s just about getting the ball on the block and making a play for my team.”

Gordon played and started in 78 games for the Magic last season, averaging 16.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and a career-high 3.7 assists. Thanks to his stellar showing, Orlando made it to the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season.

The Magic will hope to build from their relative success last season. Fortunately for them, Gordon seems poised to elevate his game to take the team to the next level.