NBA Draft 2013: Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart Declines to Enter; Orlando Magic Left at Crossroads

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March 21, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Marcus Smart (33) shoots against Oregon Ducks forward Arsalan Kazemi (14) during the second half of the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at HP Pavilion. Oregon defeated Oklahoma State 68-55. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2012-13 season all but in the books, the event which will define the franchise far more than its 20-win season will be the NBA draft, but it’s sifting out to be one of the most unpredictable and least rich draft classes we’ve seen in recent years.


Oklahoma State combo guard Marcus Smart’s decision not to enter the draft will throw a serious wrench in the plans of Rob Hennigan and his comrades in the war room this June as the team attempts to decide which player to spend its high lottery pick on.

The Magic are likely to have a top-3 selection in the draft, but with Smart no longer in the pool of players, the options that Hennigan has to choose from are just that much narrower.

And the main reason is because the draft is loaded with big men, but the Magic’s one strength this season was its frontcourt. Nikola Vucevic all but eliminates the need to draft one of the 5-men in the class. Cody Zeller, Nelens Noel and Alex Len are all power forward/centers who were projected to be in the top-5 at various points throughout the season.

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