ESPN’s Chad Ford reported the Magic are still ever interested in drafting Marcus Smart. When Smart failed to declare for the draft, it was reported that Orlando Magic brass were notably disappointed as he would have been their pick regardless of draft position in 2013. The team will likely be pleased with Victor Oladipo, but for some reason, Magic GM Rob Hennigan really has his sites set on Marcus Smart.
The obvious clarification must come here that if the Magic land the No. 1 or No. 2 pick, they will take Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker. But one must wonder if it is even smart to pass on Julius Randle, who is a uniquely talented big man with great skills, something that translates well at any level. Smart could potentially be the fourth best player in the class, but why does it seem the Magic are so fixated on him?
NBAdraft.net compares Smart to James Harden, and as nice of a comparison as that is, Harden is not a point guard. Is Smart? He’s a hybrid guard much in the mold of Chauncey Billups; he lacks Harden’s size. Whether or not he is a true point, he is the best one in the class, as both Wiggins and Parker are swingmen. The Magic are suitably stacked at small forward with Maurice Harkless, Tobias Harris and Arron Afflalo, but to upgrade to a franchise-changing talent would be too much to pass on.