Aaron Addison Gordon is an American professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. He played one year of college basketball for the University of Arizona before being selected by the Magic with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.

Gordon has gained notoriety as one of the all-time greatest competitors in the NBA Slam Dunk Competition; In 2016, he lost a close matchup to Zach LaVine, and in 2020 he narrowly lost to Derrick Jones Jr.

Early Life and Age.

Aaron was born on 16TH September 1995 in San Jose, California, United States of America. Gordon is currently aged  25 years as at of 2021.

Gordon attended Archbishop Mitty High school in San Jose, California, and started on the varsity basketball team for four years, winning two Division II state basketball championships in his sophomore and junior seasons. He led Mitty to its third straight state title game in his senior year, but his team lost in the inaugural Open Division final.

As a freshman in 2009–10, Gordon started in 28 of 41 games and averaged 11.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. He also competed on the school’s track and field team as a thrower and played summer basketball for the Oakland Soldiers.

As a sophomore in 2010–11, Gordon helped his team win Mitty’s first state title in men’s basketball. His team also captured the WCAL regular season and playoff crowns, CCS Division II title and Nor-Cal championship. They finished with a 32–2 record and closed the season on a 20–0 winning streak. He started in all 34 games and averaged 16.4 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game. He scored 17 points and hauled in a state championship record 21 rebounds in the 2011 title game.

Aaron representing Mitty High School.

As a junior in 2011–12, Gordon averaged 22.9 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 blocks per game. In the state basketball tournament, he averaged 27.0 points per game before finding out he had been playing with mononucleosis. He was chosen as the California Mr. Basketball Player of the Year. The last junior to be Mr. Basketball in California was Tyson Chandler in 2000, and before him, Jason Kidd in 1991.

As a senior in 2012–13, Gordon averaged 21.6 points, a school-record 15.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game in leading Archbishop Mitty to a 28–6 record and a runner-up finish in the CIF Open Division.


College Career.

At Arizona, on February 13, 2014, Gordon was named one of the 30 finalists for the Naismith College Player of the Year. He was named to the All-Pac-12 first team, as well as earning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and Pac-12 All-Freshman team honours.

On April 15, 2014, Gordon declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility.

Professional career.

On June 26, 2014, Gordon was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic. He signed with the Magic and joined them for the 2014 Summer NBA League. After appearing in the first 11 games of the 2014–15 season, Gordon was ruled out indefinitely on November 16 after he fractured a bone in his left foot in the Magic’s loss to the Washington Wizards the night before. He returned to action on January 18, 2015 against the Oklahoma City Thunder after missing 32 games.

In July 2015, Gordon re-joined the Magic for the 2015 Summer NBA League, where he averaged 21.7 points, 11.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.7 blocks in three games. On November 4, 2015, he scored a career-high 19 points in a loss to the Houston Rockets. He went on to record 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds the following night against the San Antonio Spurs.

During the 2016 NBA All star Weekend, Gordon was the runner-up to Zach LaVine in the Slam Dunk Contest.

Aaron in a slam dunk competition.

In the Magic’s season finale, Gordon tied his career high of 22 points in a 117–103 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. On December 14, 2016, Gordon scored a career-high 33 points in a 113–108 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. In February 18, 2017, he participated in his second consecutive Slam Dunk Contest, but failed to make it past the first round.

Gordon scored a career-high 41 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds remaining, to lift the Magic to a 125–121 win over the Brooklyn Nets in 2017. On November 29, 2017, he had 40 points and 15 rebounds to help Orlando end a nine-game losing streak with a 121–108 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Gordon missed nine games in February, including the All-Star Slam Dunk contest, with a strained left hip flexor.

His return came on March 24, 2018, where he had 29 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high eight assists in a 105–99 win over the Phoenix Suns. On July 6, 2018, Gordon re-signed with the Magic. In the Magic’s season opener on October 17, Gordon had 26 points and 16 rebounds in a 104–101 win over the Miami Heat.

Gordon was runner-up in the Slam Dunk Contest to Derrick Jones Jr., during the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend. They both had perfect scores in their first two dunks in the second round, forcing an overtime round. After they both earned perfect scores on their initial dunks, Jones won by scoring a 48 after taking off just past the free throw line to complete a windmill dunk; Gordon received a 47 after dunking over 7-foot-5-inch (2.26 m) Tacko Fall.  On March 19, 2021, Gordon posted a season-high 38 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in a 121–113 victory against the Brooklyn Nets, ending the Magics’ nine-game losing streak and stopping the Nets’ winning streak at six games. In his efforts, Gordon knocked down a career-high seven 3-pointers.

International Career.

Gordon led Team USA to the 2011 FIBA Americas Under-16 Championships gold medal, with team-highs of 17.0 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game. He went on to earn MVP honours, while leading the United States to a gold medal at the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Cup, in Prague, where he averaged team highs of 16.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, in addition to shooting 61.2 percent from the field. He was also named to the 2011–12 USA Developmental National Team, and participated at the 2010 USA Basketball Developmental National Team mini-camp.

Personal Life.

Gordon is the son of former San Diego State basketball star Ed Gordon who is African-American and Shelly Davis Gordon who is White American.  Gordon’s older brother, Drew, is also a professional basketball player. His older sister, Elise, played collegiately for the Harvard women’s basketball team from 2010 to 2014. As an eight-year-old, Gordon qualified to compete in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Junior Olympics, but chose instead to play in a basketball tournament.


Gordon is currently the president of athlete acquisition for the sports psychology app, Lucid, introduced to him by his mental skills coach, Graham.

He made his acting debut in Uncle Drew as the character Casper, which was released in June 2018.

Gordon released his debut single “Pull Up” ft. Moe on the 7th April 2020.

Girlfriend: Izabela Guedes is the basketballer’s girlfriend.

Izabela, Aaron’s girlfriend.


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