Gordon to stay with Nuggets
Is Aaron Gordon still worth the huge deal?
He’s still only 25 years old, still has a lot to learn and accomplish especially from a team that has a decent number of players and an MVP like Nikola Jokic.
Filling in voids
With this new deal, he has now gained a new sense of purpose and a mission. Because of his athleticism and willingness to play above the rim, he was a matchup concern for opposing defenders. NBA.com says that opponents shot 3.2 percent worse overall and 5.6 percent worse within 10 feet of the hoop in 2020-2021 when he defended them.
He's a defensive leader who has the flexibility to defend numerous positions, as well as a great deal of length and athleticism to stop the drives. He can fit in well as a supplementary option who could take advantage of the space provided by playing alongside Jokic and Murray.