There is one thing that the Orlando Magic have plenty of, and it is power forwards. The franchise has Serge Ibaka, Nikola Vucevic and Bismack Biyombo on the roster. All of those quality players might qualify as too many bigs.
Aaron Gordon was the starter at that position last year and now head coach Frank Vogel is planning on getting creative with his rotation. The dunk contest standout will be moving to small forward in an effort to maximize the talent on the roster.
Vogel is no stranger to an explosive small forward, as he coached Paul George in Indiana. He knows superstar promise when he sees it. The head man down in the Magic Kingdom knows that there will be an adjustment period.
He told the Orlando Sentinel: “It’s going to be a process with him. He’s not used to playing the three, but that’s going to come."
"He’s got the skills and the ability to do it, or I wouldn’t be putting him in that spot. It’s going to be ugly at times.But, hopefully, more times than not it’s going to be pretty impressive.”
That statement is a decent bit of praise from a coach that has had some postseason success on his resume. Everyone around the team is acknowledging that the transition will take some time as Gordon was a power forward in high school and college.
Skeptics have been lukewarm on the move at best. The 21-year-old has had a bit of trouble connecting from the perimeter.
He connected on just 29 percent of his attempts from deep and 31 percent on jump shots. These inconsistencies will need to be addressed for the squad to reach the postseason.
Change takes time and the former Wildcat is up for the challenge. He will be an even bigger key to their success going forward even if there will be some speed bumps along the way.