2013 NBA Draft: Obtaining a Point Guard Must Still Be First Priority for Orlando Magic

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November 13, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Lehigh Mountain Hawks guard C.J. McCollum (3) handles the ball against pressure by Pittsburgh Panthers guard James Robinson (right) during the first half at the Petersen Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Hennigan has not hid his desire to bring aboard a rookie point guard.

He worked out C.J. McCollum of Lehigh, a mid-major prospect who played a large role in the upset of No. 2 seeded Duke in the 2012 NCAA tournament.

Nothing has been locked in regarding Hennigan’s desire to trade down, but it’s clear the Magic will not take McCollum at the second pick.  He’s projected to go in the late lottery.

McCollum’s fate aside, Hennigan sees a 31-year-old Jameer Nelson and knows his time in Orlando is coming to an end.  Every other position features a young starter—or a vet in his prime—in the case of 2-guard Arron Afflalo.

That, by definition, makes Nelson the oldest link—and maybe the weakest.  Speculation has been high regarding the Magic finding a way to move down a few slots to select Trey Burke of Michigan.  Burke is a proven champ, and he is also a diminutive point guard much like Nelson.  No. 14’s  final year or two in Central Florida could be spent mentoring the young Burke.

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