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Aaron Gordon | Forward | #00

Team: Orlando Magic
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/16/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 220
College: Arizona
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (4) / ORL
Contract: view contract details

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Aaron Gordon made 2-of-9 from the field for five points with 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 25 minutes against the Hornets on Friday.
Coach Steve Clifford said he wanted Gordon to improve on steals and boards, and so far he's been outstanding on the glass with this game and 16 boards in the opener. Of course, he could not hit shots and we've seen Gordon hang some brutal efficiency in games, but he'll be adding plenty of stats to offset those issues. Oct 19 - 9:27 PM

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Jonathan Isaac will be in the starting lineup for Monday's preseason matchup with the 76ers.

Joining Isaac in the starting five will be D.J. Augustin, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic. Isaac was limited to just 27 games during his rookie season as he dealt with various injuries, but if he can claim the starting small forward position, he'll be in a great spot to take a big leap forward in Year-2. He's an attractive, late-round target for his output with the defensive stats.
Oct 1 - 5:59 PM

Head coach Frank Vogel said that D.J. Augustin, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic will not play "big minutes" on Wednesday.

In other words, the vets will have their minutes limited as Orlando tanks away the final game of their season, making these guys tough to trust in DFS. This is good news for Mario Hezonja and Khem Birch, though.
Apr 11 - 12:39 PM

Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon will be in the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with Milwaukee.

The Magic are on the second leg of a back-to-back set, so there was some fear that one of these guys could hit the sidelines, but that will not be the case. Joining these two in the starting five will be Mario Hezonja, D.J. Augustin and Wes Iwundu.
Apr 9 - 6:49 PM

Jonathon Simmons (wrist) and Jonathan Isaac (ankle) will not play Wednesday against the Mavericks.

Both the Magic and Mavericks will be sitting out a handful of players as each team battles for the worst overall record. Aaron Gordon and Mario Hezonja should see plenty of minutes and opportunity on offense tonight while Khem Birch will have the opportunity for minutes in the mid-20s. This will be Simmons' eighth consecutive game on the sidelines, and he might be done for the year.
Apr 4 - 11:05 AM

Rodney Purvis will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

Wes Iwundu (illness) is sitting this one out, so Purvis will draw the start and he'll be joined by D.J. Augustin, Mario Hezonja, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic. Purvis did have a nice 19-point, three-triple game against the 76ers last Thursday, so he could be someone to consider streaming or throwing out there in DFS with a favorable matchup against Brooklyn.
Mar 28 - 5:25 PM

Jonathon Simmons (right wrist contusion) did not practice on Wednesday and is being listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the 76ers.

Simmons sat out Tuesday's game, which resulted in Arron Afflalo drawing the start, but he didn't really do anything while he was out there. Simmons skipping Wednesday's practice isn't a great sign regarding his status for tomorrow's game, and if he's out again, it'll be Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic running the show on offense with more minutes falling to Jonathan Isaac and Mario Hezonja. Check back for another update following Thursday morning's shootaround.
Mar 21 - 1:30 PM

Arron Afflalo will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Raptors, with Jonathon Simmons (wrist) unavailable.

Joining Afflalo in the starting five will be D.J. Augustin, Jonathan Isaac, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vuceciv. While Afflalo will be drawing the start tonight, we'd expect Mario Hezonja to pick up the majority of Simmons' minutes, so he's a far more attractive target than the 32-year-old veteran.
Mar 20 - 6:36 PM

Mario Hezonja and Jonathan Isaac will start on Friday vs. the Kings.

This is an expected move with Evan Fournier (knee) and Aaron Gordon (concussion) out. We don't know how long those guys are going to be out, but the Magic may be very cautious given their position in the standings. Hezonja was putting up early-round numbers the last time AG went down, so he has to be picked up everywhere and can be considered a must-start player.
Mar 9 - 8:36 PM

Mario Hezonja played 27 minutes off the bench on Thursday, posting 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

Hezonja was thriving in an expanded role as a starter while Aaron Gordon (hip) was out, but this reserve role is not a death sentence for his fantasy appeal. When coach Frank Vogel was asked how he could maintain Hezonja's rhythm with the second unit, he replied, "Keep playing him a lot of minutes. I intend to keep him in there." If someone hastily cut him with Gordon back in action, don't hesitate to pick him up.
Feb 22 - 9:56 PM

Nikola Vucevic (hand) and Aaron Gordon (hip) are "on track" to play Thursday vs. the Knicks.

Barring a setback, Vucevic will be back out there on Thursday following a two-month layoff, which will translate to Bismack Biyombo heading back to the second unit. Mario Hezonja has played really well in Gordon's absence, but his value figures to take a bit of a hit with AG back in action. Vucevic was flirting with top-15 value prior to going down, so he absolutely needs to be owned in all leagues at this point.
Feb 20 - 5:47 PM

Mario Hezonja followed up Monday's huge game with 21 points on 10-of-20 shooting, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals in a tough loss vs. Charlotte on Wednesday.

Hezonja piled up four steals and three blocks in an all-around game on Monday, and he's been soaring in an expanded role without Aaron Gordon (hip). There's no stated return date for Gordon but he'll have an extended rest over the break, so Hezonja's owners should prepare for leaner stats. To be clear, he's scored 20+ points in three straight games and should obviously be held while we see how his role evolves.
Feb 14 - 10:27 PM

The Magic are reportedly shopping Mario Hezonja and Elfrid Payton.

The Magic have made everyone aside from Jonathan Isaac and Aaron Gordon available, and there could be some incentive for them to flip Hezonja if they feel he won't re-up with them as a free agent this summer. Elfrid Payton is also bound for free agency, and most expect him to leave Orlando as a free agent this summer, so he could be another name to watch ahead of the deadline.
Feb 7 - 9:06 AM

Jonathon Simmons scored 15 points in Orlando's 115-98 blowout loss to Washington.

Simmons added two boards, two steals, and two triples on 5-of-9 shooting (three turnovers), but there was room for more here with Aaron Gordon (hip) still out of the lineup. Unless you're in a shallow league, Simmons is a fine enough hold, but there isn't a lot to get excited about here.
Feb 3 - 9:56 PM

Marreese Speights started vs. L.A. on Wednesday and scored a game-high 21 points with four rebounds, three 3-pointers and one assist in 23 minutes of action.

Speights started in place of Aaron Gordon (strained hip flexor), which bumped Mario Hezonja back to the bench. The veteran big man sank 6-of-11 field goals and 6-of-7 free throws, and he's now averaging 19.0 points over the past two games. Gordon is day-to-day, however, so Speights is just a DFS and streaming option.
Jan 31 - 10:42 PM

Mario Hezonja came off the bench for 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 25 minutes vs. the Lakers on Wednesday.

Aaron Gordon (hip) was out tonight but the Magic opted for a big frontcourt with Marreese Speights alongside Bismack Biyombo. Hezonja still got his burn and he made the most of it with 5-of-8 shooting, including a 4-of-5 mark from downtown. As a young player on a lousy team, Hezonja is at least on the fantasy radar with the trade deadline approaching.
Jan 31 - 10:29 PM

Mareese Speights will replace Mario Hezonja in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Lakers.

It's interesting that Speights is getting the start over Hezonja with Aaron Gordon (hip) out again, considering Hezonja posted 17 points, three triples, three boards, two assists and a block in a start on Tuesday, but it is what it is. In Speights previous start this season, he only managed to put up 7.0 points, two 3-pointers, one rebound, one turnover and nothing else in 18 minutes, so he's still not a great target tonight.
Jan 31 - 5:21 PM

Mario Hezonja will replace Aaron Gordon (hip) in the starting lineup Tuesday vs. Houston.

Gordon is sidelined due to a strained hip flexor. Super Mario has been productive in previous starts this season. Hezonja has started nine games for Orlando in 2017-18 and is averaging 14.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 30.7 minutes over those nine starts. He's a solid DFS value play on Tuesday night.
Jan 30 - 6:35 PM

Updating a previous item, Evan Fournier (sore right foot) is in Thursday's starting lineup vs. the Pistons.

Fournier is expected to get his usual allotment of minutes, so feel free to get him active. Aaron Gordon (calf) is also rejoining the first five, so the Magic can at least get some relief with Nikola Vucevic (broken hand) sidelined.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 06:26:00 PM

Frank Vogel praised Mario Hezonja's growth prior to Thursday's game vs. the Pistons.

On the same night that Hezonja heads back to the bench, no less. "Mario’s growing," Vogel said. "He’s growing & developing & he’s been a bright spot. Everybody needs to understand that he’s [still] a very young player. He looks like a far more comfortable player now than he did at any point last season." While Hezonja has looked better and has scored in double-digits in five straight outings, this is classic lip service from his head coach. Actions speak louder than words, and the Magic spoke loudly upon declining Hezonja's fourth-year contract option.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 05:59:00 PM

Mario Hezonja hit 6-of-12 shots for 14 points, five rebounds and a steal in 32 minutes of Tuesday's ugly loss to the Heat.

This could be Hezonja's swan song with Aaron Gordon nearing a return from his calf injury, but he's been playing well for the Magic. He didn't hit a 3-pointer, missing all four of his attempts, but had hit 12 of them in his previous four games. With Evan Fournier back from an ankle sprain and Gordon knocking on the door, owners can expect Hezonja's minutes to take a pretty big hit in the near future.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 10:07:00 PM

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