Watch: Aaron Gordon connects on alley-oop with ridiculous reverse dunk

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An injury to Aaron Gordon ruined his chances of competing in the Slam Dunk Contest again this year but he continues to give us a reminder of his ridiculous athleticism almost on a nightly basis.

After missing several games with a concussion, the high-flying big man returned against the Toronto Raptors earlier this week and showed no ill-effects by throwing down a terrific 360 dunk.

In the following game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night, he gave the Magic crowd another moment of brilliance.

Early in the third quarter, he caught a difficult alley-oop pass in traffic from Mario Hezonja and finished it off with a ridiculous two-handed reverse dunk without even looking at the rim.

It was another stunning highlight play from the power forward to add to his growing collection.

But unfortunately, it came in a heavy loss as they were dominated by the Philadelphia 76ers from start to finish at Amway Center.

The Sixers secured a 118-98 rout over the Magic and underlined their own playoff credentials as they remain fourth in the east.

Gordon finished the game with a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds but shot just 4-of-15 from the field.

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The 22-year-old has been one bright spark for Orlando in another disappointing campaign and has given the franchise a big decision to make in the summer.

After deciding not to offer him an extension on his rookie contract in October, the former Arizona product will be a restricted free agent in July.

His future, however, is still in the hands of the Magic as they can match any offer he receives from another team.

In his contract year, 'Air Gordon' is having the best season of his career so far and has really elevated his game.

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He's averaging career-highs of 18.0 points, 2.3 assists and 8.4 rebounds per game.

With the Florida-based outfit seriously lacking in talent on their roster, it would be a huge surprise if they choose not to re-sign a player with this type of production.

He's only going to get better and could potentially become the face of the franchise in the years to come.

With the worst record in the Eastern Conference at 21-51, Orlando will need to make use of this summer's draft and select the right player to galvanise their team in the manner that Donovan Mitchell has done for the Utah Jazz, for example.

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They selected Jonathan Isaac with the fifth pick this year but he's only played 25 games due to injuries and has struggled to make a real impact in his rookie campaign.

This will be a big offseason ahead for the Magic and it's time that they showed their fans they're committed to winning, which should start by inking Gordon to a long-term deal.

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