Aaron Gordon continues to build his name as superstar dunker

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Aaron Gordon has continued to make an impression on the NBA since the All-Star break, where he was the runner-up in the Slam Dunk contest to Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The young Orlando Magic star, who was selected fourth in the 2014 draft, hasn't strictly reserved his rim acrobatics to just the celebrated All-Star weekend.

The 20-year old has been producing several highlight plays in recent weeks and produced one reminiscent of the great Michael Jordan during the Magic's 139-105 win over the lowly Brooklyn Nets.

In the first quarter of the rout, Gordon received a sideways dish from Elfrid Payton while on the burst and sprung just beyond the free-throw line to explode with a monster one-handed jam.

Gordon would go on to lead the Magic starters for scoring on the night with 20 points to secure a rare consecutive win for Orlando, but his soaring dunk was definitely the show-stopping moment.

Young Magic

Since the All-Star break, Gordon's star has only shone brighter. Many feel that he and LaVine redefined the Slam Dunk contest and made it a fresh and attractive proposition for the first time in years.

Subsequently, Gordon has gone on to tie his previous career-high for points with 19 against the Golden State Warriors, no less, before setting a new high of 22 points against Philadelphia 76ers at the end of February three days later.

When you consider the 20 points he poured in against the Nets, too, it's clear that Gordon has been enjoying a massive upturn in productivity and in only his second year in the NBA, he is becoming a fascinating prospect as well as highlight reel producer.

The Magic themselves are littered with young talent. With Gordon in the frontcourt and Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton two exciting guards in the backcourt, they also have a solid two-way wing in Evan Fournier.

None of those men are over 23-years-old and as Gordon suggested following the blowout win over the Nets, they're only going to get better.

"We just try to stay present," said Gordon. "It definitely would have meant more if we were chasing a playoff spot but we are still improving and still learning and becoming more familiar with each other."

It's easy to imagine the Magic making big strides in the coming years with the core they have amassed. Some smart moves in free agency, alongside the growth of last year's draft pick Mario Herzonja - another guard - and the Magic are not far away from being a serious, credible threat in the Eastern Conference.

Gordon looks like he is going to be central to their hopes for years to come. Given his age and the Magic's current status, to be averaging nine points a game and 6.5 boards is good going for the California-born star.

Those stats are only going one way for the 6'9" forward.

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