At what age or grade did you realize playing in the NBA was a realistic possibility?

Jonathan Isaac: Post-grad year of high school – “When I was at IMG (Academy) and I decided I could go on. I started getting offers (from colleges) so I started to take it more seriously.”

Shelvin Mack: 15 or 16 – “I started dreaming it (at that time). I was playing on one of the best AAU teams in the country. We won nationals two years in a row. So, I saw other players that were highly ranked and I knew I can do it.”

Nikola Vucevic: 19 or 20 – “I started playing much better. I started going up against some guys that were projected high draft picks. I could just tell if I can play against them I have a shot at the NBA. As my junior year (in college) went on and on I knew that I was ready to go to the NBA.”

Jonathon Simmons: 23 or 24 – “I remember working, competing against those guys that had been at that level or were in that level and that made feel like I can be in the NBA.”

Aaron Gordon: 6th or 7th grade – “I just remember when I was real young it was a dream of mine to play, maybe first or second grade. It was just a dream. You know with little kids they say ‘I want to be a sports car driver,’ ‘I want to be an astronaut,’ mine was to be in the NBA and be a Hall of Famer. I realized it (was possibility) around sixth or seventh grade, but I always had the dream.”

20 Second Timeout is a new feature on that helps you get to know Magic players. Throughout the season, we will gather responses to different questions from all the players on the team. This edition includes Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac, Shelvin Mack, Jonathon Simmons and Nikola Vucevic.

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