Aaron Gordon has made a name for himself as one of the best dunkers in the NBA today. Despite losing to Zach LaVine in the 2016 Dunk Contest, he still made a good account of himself, and continued his high-flying ways with impressive dunks during games.
The 22-year-old Arizona product is back at his old electrifying ways as he threw down an off-the-backboard slam during the Orlando Magic’s season opener against the Miami Heat on Wednesday. The play received a huge ovation from their home crowd, and also reminded them of another former Magic player, Tracy McGrady, who used to pull off the same move before.
Aaron Gordon may have earned the highlight of the night, but more importantly, the Magic are off to a good start this season, as they won the game, 116-109. The 6-foot-9 forward also recorded a solid stat line of 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and two blocks, sending a strong message that the Magic could become a surprise team this year.
If the move he pulled off is a sign of more exciting plays to come from Gordon this season, then he and the Magic would be seen regularly on highlight reels. It could also lead to more energy on the court from him, which will definitely help the team’s cause, as they look to make some noise in the Eastern Conference.