Aaron Gordon’s rise to fame as a professional basketballer was after his Slam dunk contest performance during the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend. His outstanding performance went viral because it was heavily publicized by his sister, Elsie Gordon who works as his manager.
One time active player for the University of Arizona before he was drafted with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. Ever since he was drafted, he has continued with the team and has led them to continuous victories.
Who is Aaron Gordon and How Old is He?
At birth, he was named Aaron Addison Gordon on September 16, 1995, in San Jose, California. Aaron was born into a family that loves sports, from his tender days, he often played basketball alongside his dad and siblings.
He wasn’t limited to the game of basketball but was also good at track events. He was opportune to compete at the Junior Olympics 100 and 200-meter dashes but he chose to play at the basketball tournament over the competition.
His days at Archbishop Mitty High School were notable with his contributions to the school basketball team and track events. With his help, in his second year, the school competed in the Division II state basketball championship, he played with zeal and vigor, recorded an average of 16.4 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.6 blocks in each game. That wasn’t all, as a junior, his school reclaimed the Division II state basketball championship award as he averaged 22.9 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 blocks in each game. With this, he was named California Mr. Basketball for two consecutive times and he also emerged as the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year.
High school days were soon over and the basketballer enrolled at the University of Arizona. He committed to the school basketball team, played in one season before announcing his intentions of joining the 2014 NBA Draft forgoing the remaining years of his collegiate career. That year, Aaron was picked by the Orlando Magic with the fourth overall pick.
After sealing his deal with the Magic on June 26, 2014, he joined the team for the 2014 NBA Summer League. Featuring in 11 games, the basketballer incurred a bone injury and was ruled out of the remaining seasons. On January 18, 2015, he made his comeback in a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Later on, in a battle against the Milwaukee Bucks, Aaron made his first career double-double scoring 10 points in addition to 12 rebounds leading to a 97-90 win.
He continued with the Orlando Magic the following season, played in three games and totalled an average of 21.7 points, 11.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.7 blocks. His next career high was in a game against the Houston Rockets where he recorded 19 points. Afterwards, he featured in the Boston Celtics game on January 31, 2016, and recorded 14 rebounds leading to a 119-114 victory.
The season became tougher and as the Magic progressed into the next phase, Aaron Gordon was noted as one of the skilled players in the court. They battled against the San Antonio Spurs, Aaron recorded 12 points and yet another career-high 16 rebounds. The basketballer seemed to be having fun in the game as he contested for the Slam Dunk contest in the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend and emerged as the runner-up.
Subsequently, he recorded 19 points in a 130-114 loss against the Golden State Warriors. Just three days later, he recorded a new career high with 22 points in a victory against the Philadelphia 76ers. By the end of the season, Aaron Gordon scored a career high of 22 points in a loss to the Charlotte Hornets.
Come 2017, he was still glued with the Magic, participated in the team’s second dunk contest but wasn’t successful. Later on, he recorded 20 of his 32 points and 16 rebounds during the first half of the Magic’s loss to the Boston Celtics. By the end of the season, he recorded 32 points in addition to 12 rebounds in a victory over the Detriot Pistons.
Aaron extended his contract with the Orlando Magic on July 6, 2018, and in the team’s season opener, he scored 26 points in addition to 16 rebounds in a victory over the Miami Heat.
Family Life – Sister, Parents, and Brother
Looking at the rate at which Aaron Gordon is going, we give kudos to the foundation that was laid for him in the game as a child. His father, Ed Gordon is a legend in the game of basketball and is skilled in the game of football as well. Ed played for the San Diego University and also played briefly for the New England Patriots professionally.
Aaron’s older brother, Drew was an active team player in the game of basketball during his days at the University of California and the University of New Mexico. He spent just a year at the University of California before transferring to the University of New Mexico. He bagged a lot of achievements while he was at college but never made it through the NFL drafts.
Elise, Aaron’s older sister also played basketball for the women’s team at Harvard University. Upon graduation from the school, she became Aaron’s manager and also works as the representative of his agency.
Aaron Gordon is said to be in a relationship with Dakota Gonzales. She is a twin and her other half is quite famous because she plays basketball for Kansas University and the University of Nevada. Aaron and Dakota were first noticed during the premiere of the Uncle Drew (2018) movie in which Aaron was one of the cast.
How Tall is He?
Being very tall is one of Gordon’s family features, the head of their home, Ed stands at 6 feet 6 inches. Their grandfather was said to have been 7 feet tall. Drew stands at 6 feet 9 inches while his sister, Elsie stands at 6 feet 1 inch. With this, it is unarguable that the family sure has a gigantic body build. As for Aaron, he stands at 6 feet 9 inches and weighs about 100kg.
Other Interesting Facts
- The NBA star who was born on the 16th of September has his zodiac sign as Virgo.
- Aaron Gordon plays small forward and power forward for the Orlando Magic.
- The basketballer had intentions of taking the trophy home in the 2016 NBA Slam Dunk contest, his performance was jaw-dropping and he invented the Take a Chair In the Air dunk style.
- He has a net worth estimate of $13 million.