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Aaron Gordon says he's looking to to become the best player in the NBA

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Orlando Magic star Aaron Gordon made a name for himself in the epic 2016 Slam Dunk Contest but when it comes to his all-around abilities on the court, we are yet to see what he's fully capable of.

The 22-year-old is keen to not be pigeon-holed as just a dunker and wants to show fans that he has much more to his game.

Gordon has a huge amount of self-confidence and is ready to prove that he can reach new heights and eventually be considered among the best players in the league.

"My game is going to continue to get better and there’s still no ceiling for me," Gordon told NBA.com's John Denton. "I’m looking to be the best in the NBA at some point in my career, so I’m going to continue to improve and continue to help my team get wins.’’

The Orlando star ended the 2016-17 campaign averaging 12.7 points on 45.4 percent shooting, along with 5.1 rebounds and 1.9 per game.

Despite being a natural power forward, head coach Frank Vogel experimented with Gordon at the small forward spot last season due to the arrival of Serge Ibaka but it didn't utilise his strengths.

Once Ibaka was traded to the Toronto Raptors, the youngster switched back to his preferred four spot and showed improvement towards the end of the year as his numbers jumped to 16.4 points and 6.2 boards on 50.2 percent shooting.

With a full season in his best position, 'Air Gordon' will have an opportunity to show that he can become a star player in the NBA.

He will also have the added incentive of looking to secure a huge contract extension with the Magic as he enters his fourth year.

It remains to be seen whether the two parties will agree on a deal by Monday's deadline. If not, the athletic big man will become a restricted free agent next summer.

"That’s never why I played the game and not why I play the game (now)," Gordon said.

"I trust (Magic President of Basketball Operations) Jeff Weltman and (GM) John Hammond to make the right decision and I’m going to continue to play my game, help my team and improve as a player.

"They see how hard I work, they see how far my game has come and I’m only 22 (years old)."

The Arizona product has huge expectations of himself but it's now time for him to let his play do the talking and become a franchise player in Orlando.

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