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Aaron Gordon of the Nuggets makes a strong All-Star case

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When the Nuggets acquired Aaron Gordon from the Magic in March 2021, coach Michael Malone didn’t have a special role in mind for Gordon, the fourth-place finisher in the 14 draft. Gordon wasn’t asked to become the team’s second leading scorer or asked to focus solely on his perimeter defense. Instead, the message was simple.

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“They just told me to be me,” says Gordon.

Now, nearly two years after the trade, with a fully intact roster finally in place, Denver is thriving. The Nuggets are in first place in the West, having gone 18-3 since Dec. 8. After defeating the Timberwolves on Wednesday, the Nuggets have won eight in a row. And Gordon has been integral to their success, averaging 16.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per night while shooting 58.8% from the floor.

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