In his first three years in the league, Aaron Gordon built up a reputation as one of the most athletic players in the league.
He put this on display on multiple occasions in the Slam Dunk Contest in recent years and made regular highlight plays in games too.
But he was in danger of being pigeon-holed as just a dunker as he struggled to showcase his offensive skills on the court.
With that in mind, as well as heading into a contract year, Gordon worked on other parts of his game during the offseason and has looked like a new player in 11 games already this year.
The biggest addition to his game has been the three-point shot and he is currently knocking them down at an impressive clip.
To the surprise of many, the 22-year-old is leading the league in three-point percentage, connecting on an incredible 55.3 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc.
When thinking of players who would be leading three-point categories in the league, the likes of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson or Kyle Korver would usually come to mind and not
It may be a shock to others, but according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, the only one not surprised by this revelation is the power forward himself.
“People never saw me as a shooter,” Gordon said. “It’s going to take some time to shift the paradigm, but I don’t really care about that, man. I’m just playing a game. I feel comfortable out there. I feel capable of scoring from anywhere. It feels good.”
While it may be too early in the season to pay attention to shooting percentages, the Arizona product deserves credit for adding to his offensive repertoire as he's hit a solid 25 of 42 from deep.
To put it into perspective, the high-flyer made only 28.9 percent of his three-point tries in his first three years.
Head coach Frank Vogel believes there are two reasons for the big man's improved shooting.
“Practice and health, I think, are the two biggest reasons,” Vogel said. “The last couple of years, he had training-camp or prior-to-training-camp injuries. That really takes an impact on you. Since he’s come into the league, he’s worked diligently on his shot, and it’s starting to pay off.”
As a result, he's averaging a career-high 19.9 points per game so far. Gordon's new shooting prowess has also coincided with a positive start to the campaign for Orlando who is 8-5 in the Eastern Conference.
These numbers suggest that this could finally be a breakout year for 'Air Gordon' and the Magic are hoping he can become the star they need.