Gordon scored a game-high 29 points (10-12 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 6-7 FT) while adding eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 24 minutes during Friday's preseason win over Flamengo.
While the Brazilian side did feature a couple of notable NBA veterans in Anderson Varejao and Leandro Barbosa, the Magic frontcourt simply overwhelmed Flamengo's bigs, and Gordon and Nik Vucevic combined for 50 points. The 23-year-old Gordon was rewarded with a big four-year contract this offseason after showing significant growth in 2017-18, but his improving three-point shot and defensive game suggest he may not have reached his ceiling as a fantasy asset yet.
Gordon was set for a big pay day coming off a career-best season with the Magic in 2017-18, and Orlando elected to waste no time re-signing one of the NBA's best young talents. Gordon averaged 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game (both career highs) last year and, most importantly, added a somewhat consistent three-point shot to his offensive arsenal, hitting 33.6 percent of his shots from behind the arc. The biggest concern for Gordon heading into the first season of his new contract is health, as he appeared in just 58 games last season while nursing numerous injuries. If Gordon can stay healthy, he is in line to take a major step forward both as a scorer and rebounder as a star in the Magic's frontcourt.
This was Gordon's best season of his young, four-year career as he increased his points- and rebounds-per-game average greatly from last year. The former Arizona one-and-done was injury prone for most the season though and produced a career-worst 1.8 turnovers per game. There is debate whether the Magic will pick up Gordon's qualifying offer that is on the table for next year but regardless, the 21-year-old should be a significant contributor to any team in 2018-19.
Gordon will be on a minutes restriction for Wednesday's season finale against the Wizards, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Though coach Frank Vogel didn't go into specifics, he noted that Gordon would play "not big minutes". That doesn't come as too much of a surprise, as the team wants to limit Gordon's potential for injury in a potentially meaningless game. As a result, he makes for a risky DFS option.
Gordon recorded 12 points (5-14 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 31 minutes during Monday's 102-86 loss to the Bucks.
Gordon saw 31 minutes of playing time Monday, a welcome sight for his owners. The silly season is upon us and with the resting of players a key issue when it comes to fantasy, Gordon has only missed one game since March 20. What happens for the final regular season game is anyone's guess but hopefully he will be rolled out as per normal.
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