This 2014 NBA Mock Draft Orlando Magic version is exactly what it sounds like. We break down the lottery selections, paying special attention to the Orlando Magic and their targets at each pick. Below you will find the selections, why each team chose them, and how the Orlando Magic feel about each player.
1. Milwaukee Bucks: Joel Embiid, C
Size always rises to the top of the NBA draft, and Embiid is the next great hope for Milwaukee. His offensive game is advanced, his footwork is ballerina-tight, and he can get up and contest shots. Even though Milwaukee has Larry Sanders, Embiid is a once in a generation talent. If somehow the Magic end up with the option of picking the University of Kansas center, they will think long and hard about doing it, even though they are happy with Nikola Vucevic.
2. Philadelphia 76ers: Andrew Wiggins, SF
The 76ers have been all-in on Wiggins since the beginning, and would be thrilled if he fell to them at #2. This would be the first big blow to the Orlando Magic, who also have Wiggins at the top of their draft board. His dynamic and diverse game would help bridge the gap for the Magic’s awkward but talented roster composition. He’s got an NBA ready defense and transition game, and all the tools to put it together on offense quickly. He’s essentially Maurice Harkless version 3.0 (yea he skips right over 2.0).
3. Orlando Magic : Dante Exum, PG/SG
Who’s ready for the next Penny Hardaway? The Orlando Magic have prospects all across the board except at point guard. Victor Oladipo continues to grow as an NBA player, but still seems to be more effective as a shooting guard. Exum would be the perfect partner for Oladipo. He is a more aggressive scorer, comfortable ball handler, and his size allows him to check taller shooting guards while Oladipo swings to the smaller point guard. Neither player is a natural pass-first point guard, but together they would be the most dynamic young backcourt in the league.
4. Boston Celtics: Jabari Parker, SF
Parker is a great offensive player and easily could be the Magic’s choice at #3. The problem is that he is a terrible fit with the Magic’s current roster. He is legitimately bad at defense (his interpretation of getting low is bending his back instead of his knees). That would limit his effectiveness in Orlando. He is essentially Tobias Harris with a better three point shot and worse defense. Playing them together on defense would be ugly, meaning that small forward-center would all be slow, below average defenders. He’s a bad fit next to both Harris and Nikola Vucevic. If he does fall to Boston, GM Danny Ainge would be ecstatic.