Aaron Gordon looking like an All-Star
With a team-high 24 points in the win, Aaron Gordon took over against the Grizz, and the 6′ 8″ power forward out of Arizona has been sizzling of late. Gordon has tapped into an efficient groove, logging effort plays on a nightly basis and matching his tenacity at the rim with savvy play and awareness.
His reliability has been a sight for sore eyes, scoring at least 14 points in every game this month, while Jokic’s creativity has led to a rebirth for Gordon in the Mile High. AG took advantage of his matchup with the young Jaren Jackson Jr. and got JJJ into foul trouble early on. Gordon played the least amount of minutes of all the starters with 28, and that includes rookie Christian Braun who drew the start at guard and logged 29 minutes respectfully.
Gordon was never expected to be the second scoring option alongside Jokic, that was supposed to be Murray or MPJ, but Gordon has taken the opportunity and hasn’t looked back. The dunks he’s been throwing down have lit up Ball Arena and he even caught a pass off the backboard from Jokic last night that went unnoticed by the broadcasting crew.
Gordon and Jokic have an unspoken chemistry building and it’s been fun to watch. AG is quietly top-five at his position in assists as well, averaging 2.1 a game. If the Denver Nuggets get healthy at the right time, AG could continue to feast against opposing defenses as they are forced to pay more attention to Jokic and the Nuggets’ guards.