Aaron Gordon: Gordon made his third start of the season on Thursday night and was serviceable. In 20 minutes played, Gordon scored 5 points while making his lone field goal attempt and sinking a pair of free throws in a 115-100 loss to Milwaukee. He also grabbed 5 rebounds. In his 3 starts this year, Gordon is averaging 6.7 PPG on 53.8% shooting and 3.7 RPG in those starts. One area where he has made nice progress since college is his free throw shooting. This season he has shot 61% from the line which is nearly a 20% increase from when he was at Arizona. One thing to note: the Magic are close to firing their head coach which could affect how many minutes Gordon plays or what type of role he has going forward. It's definitely something to keep an eye on.
Channing Frye: Frye is the second Wildcat that starts for the Magic. Frye didn't really have an impact on Thursday's game though. He played 15 minutes, missed his only shot attempt, and didn't record any other stats. Seriously. No rebounds, assists, blocks, or steals. Not his best night, to say the least.
Solomon Hill: It was another solid night for Solo. He didn't light up the stat sheet, but had a nice night nonetheless in a 21 point win over the Knicks. In 33 minutes, Hill scored 10 points and went 4-9 from the field including 2-3 for behind the arc. He also tracked down 2 rebounds and dished out 2 assists including this nice entry pass to Roy Hibbert for the slam.
Also, on 8points9seconds.com, they recapped Solomon Hill's best 5 games of his NBA career. It's definitely worth the read.
Jordan Hill: Wow. That's really the easiest way to describe Hill's performance on Thursday. Hill put 26 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks. He did everything out there. He hit deep mid-range jumpers, he showed a nice array of post moves, he challenge shots at the rim, dominated the glass, and oh yeah, he hit a clutch game-tying jumper with 16 seconds left in OT to force a second overtime in which the Lakers would ultimately win.
He had this nice dunk too:
Here are extensive highlights of his performance: