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If the Magic get a top draft pick, who should they take?

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Who should they take?

Nerlens Noel
29
21%
Ben McLemore
32
23%
Shabazz Muhammad
20
15%
Marcus Smart
38
28%
Cody Zeller
2
1%
Otto Porter
1
1%
Anthony Bennett
5
4%
Other
10
7%
 
Total votes : 137

Post#141 Re: If the Magic get a top draft pick, who sh
Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:45 pm by IGotDaMagicInMe

OrlandoMagician wrote:I like the look of Oladipo. Looking forward to watching him for Indiana tonight.

Where is he projected to go in the draft? Looks a real athlete, defender, transition scorer.

Also, why does NBADraft.net think we'll draft Zeller with the #2? I just don't see it. -- http://nbadraft.net/2013mock_draft

^^ There's some bizzare selections in their mock draft. Washington drafting Smart? (They have Wall). Us drafting Zeller? (Vucevic). Cleveland drafting Noel? (they have Thompson and Zeller, but couuuld happen because he might be the best player available to them. I still see them taking a wing scorer though).


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Post#142 Re: If the Magic get a top draft pick, who sh
Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:43 am by OrlandoMagician



Oladipo tho....

Man, 5 steals, clutch defense and transition buckets. And the kid has insaaaane hops, just springs above the rim.

What's his outside game like though? Is there enough to his offensive arsenal to suggest he could be a legit scorer (as well as defender, cos he's clearly got the knack there!) in the NBA?
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Post#143 Re: If the Magic get a top draft pick, who sh
Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:48 am by The Real Dalic

I'm OK when it comes to picking players in the draft (more bad than good) but I say I would really like to draft Shabazz. But I'd be happy with anyone on that list.
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Post#144 Re: If the Magic get a top draft pick, who sh
Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:51 pm by IGotDaMagicInMe

Smart is hurt :(
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Post#145 Re: If the Magic get a top draft pick, who sh
Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:55 pm by Noonskadoodle

IGotDaMagicInMe wrote:
OrlandoMagician wrote:I like the look of Oladipo. Looking forward to watching him for Indiana tonight.

Where is he projected to go in the draft? Looks a real athlete, defender, transition scorer.

Also, why does NBADraft.net think we'll draft Zeller with the #2? I just don't see it. -- http://nbadraft.net/2013mock_draft

^^ There's some bizzare selections in their mock draft. Washington drafting Smart? (They have Wall). Us drafting Zeller? (Vucevic). Cleveland drafting Noel? (they have Thompson and Zeller, but couuuld happen because he might be the best player available to them. I still see them taking a wing scorer though).


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NBAdraftnet this early usually just places players in spots due to their big board, not team needs. Once the draft spots are locked they start filling in their mocks with team needs.
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Post#146 Re: If the Magic get a top draft pick, who sh
Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:54 am by OrlandoMagician

I'm slowly getting on board the Oladipo bandwagon.
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Post#147 Re: If the Magic get a top draft pick, who sh
Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:05 am by drsd

OrlandoMagician wrote:I'm slowly getting on board the Oladipo bandwagon.



Usually trading down in a draft is a terrible idea. But if Orlando could flip their top pick for soething like #8 and #15, then GM Hennigan could take the Big-Ten's unquestioned two best players: Oladipo and Burke. That would be ace. By 2014/15, Orlando\'s starting five could be all born 1989 or sooner: Burke/Oladipo/Harkless/Nicholson/Vučević.
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Post#148 Re: If the Magic get a top draft pick, who sh
Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:08 am by JBSouthpaw

McLemore faced off vs. Smart last night (team wise)

Neither had a great game.
Smart was 2-14, but made 11 of 14 FTs, ending w 16 pts. fouled out in 2nd OT
McLemore was 3-12 for 7 pts.

I'd like to see more assists from Smart, but I do love how he consistently gets to the FT line.
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Post#149 Re: If the Magic get a top draft pick, who sh
Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:59 pm by Mule Tears

Marcus Smart. Think of Gilbert Arenas in his prime.
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Post#150 Re: If the Magic get a top draft pick, who sh
Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:42 pm by OrlandoMagician

I have a question regarding Oladipo:

Does he generate enough of his own offense? E.g. off the dribble, in isolation, spot-up threes etc? He is, after all, a shooting guard. I know he plays stellar defense, has an elite motor and is a top athlete, but it's his all-round offensive game I'm concerned about. Gets out in transition damn well though.
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Post#151 Re: If the Magic get a top draft pick, who sh
Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:19 pm by JBSouthpaw

Well,
now with only 1 PG on the roster for next year (Nelson)
and 2.5 SGs (AA, Moore (maybe Jones or Lamb not sure if next year contracts guarnteed for either)
2 SFs (Harkless, Harris) Maybe Turk (buyout)
2 PFs (Davis & Nicholson) Maybe Harrington (buyout)
2 Cs (Vuc & O'Quinn)

I would think we are leaning towards PG in the draft.
I'd like to see us buy another pick (our 2nd rounder goes to CLE, we get GS but should be pretty late) or trade our extra 2nd round next year for a late 1st and get another big maybe Jeff Whitey or Mike Muscala. Some team may not want another guaranteed contract (Utah has 2 picks, so does ATL). OKC gets Toronto's pick as well (currently #8) plus their own.
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Post#152 Re: If the Magic get a top draft pick, who sh
Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:28 pm by Tayswagzzz

Smart moved up to number 2 on the mock draft, with us selecting him. Interesting. He's gone up like 6 spots
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Post#153 Re: If the Magic get a top draft pick, who sh
Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:05 pm by OrlandoMagician

According to NBADraft.net the Thunder have the 10th pick?! Where'd they get that from? Any way we can send them an Afflalo or anything and get in on that?

Would make drafting Smart and Oladipo a real possibility.
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Post#154 Re: If the Magic get a top draft pick, who sh
Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:10 pm by Hogified05

If I had to pick I'd go with Smart, his competitiveness and size are above average for a pg. And we need a pg bad, let him come off the bench next year as meer starts. Then the following allow him to start and keep meer to mentor and be a above average back up pg.

With this being said I hope like all hell we do not get the number 1 pick this year. There isn't a sure fire franchise changer in the draft, maybe one could grow into one. 2014 is the year to have it. Jabari and Wiggins you can fight over and possibly Randle could be in the fight for it. Depending on the draft order and team needs we could get Smart at possible 4 or 3.

Maclemore doesn't really do it for me at the 1 spot. Zeller thou would be interesting at one to me. He would be a good compliment for Vuv as he is more of a scorer and Vuv could make up for Zeller's lack of rebounding. Two skilled 7 footers would be hard to turn down. As far as Noel, I've been through the whole sign them to the team on crutches no thank. cough Grant HIll cough.
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Post#155 Re: If the Magic get a top draft pick, who sh
Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:18 pm by magicman123

OrlandoMagician wrote:According to NBADraft.net the Thunder have the 10th pick?! Where'd they get that from? Any way we can send them an Afflalo or anything and get in on that?

Would make drafting Smart and Oladipo a real possibility.


Toronto's pick, they traded for Kyle Lowry, and Houston traded that pick during the Harden trade
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Post#156 Re: If the Magic get a top draft pick, who sh
Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:52 pm by SmiteaDwight

I'am really high on smart now.
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Post#157 Re: If the Magic get a top draft pick, who sh
Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:26 am by Noonskadoodle

If we have the #1 pick & we keep it, Smart wins by default for me.

I still have question marks on him though. I know he is a freshman, but most top picks are extremely efficient in college ball.

40% from the field...30% from 3...4 assists to 3 TOs a game is not even close to being efficient. Now his strength is obviously his size & getting to the line, but even in college he seems to get banged up a bit by doing so.

Them boys in the NBA are much much much bigger. Last thing I wanna do is draft a guy #1 & him constantly be injured because the only way he can be effective is by taking contact 24/7.....Not want you want from your PG.

I am just hoping he takes off in the Conference Tourney & NCAA Tourney & shows improvements....I def like the fact that he is not afraid to hit a big shot though & put his teammates in their places.


.......My preference would be to try & trade down though & target Burke while acquiring another asset/assets at the same time.......

I could see a team like the TWolves wanting to trade up & actually target McLemore to play along side Rubio in the future with his shooting ability......maybe we could entice Shved out of them in doing so.
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Post#158 Re: If the Magic get a top draft pick, who sh
Sat Feb 23, 2013 4:00 am by dsg2021

For me, I have it in this order for PG's: Smart, MCW, Burke unless the Magic scouting can put aside some shortcomings Burke might have switching to the NBA game. I'd be happy with any three.

Wings-wise my order is: McLemore; We're gonna get lucky and get our first option player next draft or so, whether Wiggins or Parker or whoever, and McLemore will be beast playing off of them with 1 season under the belt already. Next would be Shabazz and Oladipo about tied with each other.

Only bigs that interest me are Noel and any who would defend the paint great, dependent that their health is good. He would cover Nich and Vuc so well. But again, Im worried about having to overpay bigs just because their big down the line.
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Post#159 Re: If the Magic get a top draft pick, who sh
Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:24 pm by silent1900

I am pretty much all-in on Smart right now. If for some reason we were not in a position to grab him, I wouldn't mind seeing us trade the pick...either down or out all together depending on what we could get back (or get rid of).

None of those other guys do anything for me...McLemore, Shabazz, Noel, Len, etc. I would have some interest in some guys that we could get lower like Porter or Burke, even MCW. The guy I enjoy watching play the most, Bennett, would be fun but a bad fit.
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Post#160 Re: If the Magic get a top draft pick, who sh
Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:26 pm by craig01

I would vote for trading down and get another pick, player....there really is not a franchise player in this draft
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