Feb 3, 2014; Stillwater, OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Marcus Smart (33) during the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Iowa State defeated Oklahoma State 98-97 in triple overtime. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Orlando Magic to host five for workouts on Monday, according to reports


 

According to a report by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, the Orlando Magic will be hosting three very unique players on Monday for one-on-one workouts. Goodman, one of ESPN’s basketball insiders, reported that the team would work out guard Marcus Smart, smooth shooting swingman Rodney Hood and high flying guard Nick Johnson on Monday.  

Smart, whom was reportedly near the top of the team’s big board in the 2013 NBA Draft, had a tumultuous sophomore season in Stillwater. Smart was suspended for three games after pushing a Texas Tech fan who reportedly used a racial slur when Smart crashed into the crowd after committing a foul. Despite the suspension, Smart saw an increase in his numbers from his freshman season to his sophomore season. 

Points  

Assists  

Rebounds  

FG%  

3PT FG%  

Turnovers  

Freshman

15.4

4.2

5.8

40.4

29.0

3.4

Sophomore  

18.0

4.8

5.9

42.2

29.9

2.6

Coach Travis Ford played Smart off the ball quite often, despite Smart being tabbed as a point guard by many. The Magic are in desperate need of a point guard, so Smart could very well be in play for the team at four, or even 12 if he were to slip. 

The second of the triumvirate, Duke swing man Rodney Hood, has one of the best shooting strokes of anyone in this draft. After transferring from Mississippi State, Hood averaged 16.1 points per game on 46.4 percent from the field and 42.0 percent from three. While his potential on offense in tantalizing, he leaves something to be desired on the defensive side of the ball. Orlando was in the bottom half of three-point shooting this season, so someone like Hood could very well be in play with their second lottery pick. 

The third member of the trio of prospects working out on Monday will be Arizona guard Nick Johnson. Johnson, who just enjoyed his most productive season at Arizona  averaging 16.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, has been mainly projected as a second rounder. While the Magic don’t have a second rounder, they could very well acquire one on draft night. Johnson would add guard depth off the bench, along with someone who could come in and give the team points in quick spurts. 

Update: 9:15 PM 

To go with Goodman’s report, SportsTalkFlorida radio host Mike Tuck reported that both T.J. Warren and Zach LaVine will also work out with the team. Along with Hood, Warren and LaVine could be players the team could target at 12. Warren, a high scoring wing from North Carolina State, 24.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game last season. He’s expected to be a mid-to-late first round selection.

LaVine on the other hand is more of a project. The lanky 6’5″ guard did not put up big numbers in his single season with the UCLA Bruins, but is considered to have some of the highest upside of anyone in the draft. He’s very raw, but with some time and the right coaching could become a force in the league for years to come.

 

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