The Orlando Magic hold both the 19th and 49th overall pick in upcoming NBA draft. There has been a lot of speculation as to what the Magic will do.
Do they need another big to supplement or even replace Dwight Howard? Should they look at a scoring wing? Or do they need to add a point guard? Although there are many questions surrounding Orlando’s roster, most notably Howard’s future, Ryan Anderson’s free agency and Jameer Nelson’s option, the Magic need an upgrade in just about every area.
We’ve already taken a look at some of the free agent point guards that could be available, so today, we’ll take a look at a few point guards the Magic could select at 19.
Kendall Marshall, North Carolina
Marshall became North Carolina’s starting point guard in the middle of the 2010-11 season and it immediately paid off for the Tar Heels. Marshall finished the season averaging 6.2 points and 6.2 assists per game, but shot just 41.8% from the field. Marshall returned last season with higher expectations and he did not disappoint. Marshall raised his scoring average to 8.1 points per game while shooting a much improved 46.7 from the floor, despite playing with three potential lottery picks in Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Tyler Zeller. Marshall also dished out 9.8 assists per game and had an assist percentage of 44.6%, extremely high numbers in the college game. In fact, Steve Kyler of Hoops World has called Marshall the “best playmaker in the draft” and believe he will be selected anywhere from 12 to 20.
One of the biggest criticisms of Marshall’s game is his shot, as you can tell by his field goal percentage, he improved last season. He upped his effective field goal percentage from 47.5% to 52.8% and his true shooting percentage from 52.0% to 55.8%. However, his three-point shooting took a bit of hit, falling from 38.5% to 35.4%.
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