The Orlando Magic finished the season with an NBA-worst 20-62 record this past season. They entered Tuesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery with the aspirations of winning the No. 1 overall pick and having their choice of anyone on the board — that didn’t work out.
The Cleveland Cavaliers won the lottery and the Magic finished second and despite the disappointment, Orlando should be just fine in picking up a quality prospect that can help them out immediately. There aren’t any franchise-changing prospect in this year’s field, but at No. 2, the Magic can still build towards their future. Orlando could have the opportunity to deal the pick if they so choose, but according to probasketballdraft.com, the Magic are considering and leaning towards two individual players:
Orlando thinks their decision will come down to McLemore or Burke per sources. Both players can help. Workout & interviews are key.
— Probasketballdraft (@Probballdraft) May 22, 2013
As the tweet indicates, workouts and interviews could be the deciding factor, but it’s interesting to see how either prospect fits. Orlando could use both Burke or McLemore, but who would be the better selection? Beno Udrih is an unrestricted free agent, so at first glance Burke would be the perfect back-up point guard for Jameer Nelson. So on paper, that’s the better choice.
McLemore however, brings an interesting style of play — one that should translate well to the NBA level. A high-flying wing who loves to get out in transition and run could be exactly what Orlando needs to speed up their game plan.
The Magic’s thinking however, is assuming that Nerlens Noel will be the No. 1 pick, whether it’s by the Cavaliers or another team should Cleveland opt to trade out of the top spot. But what if Cleveland makes a surprising pick and makes Otto Porter Jr. the top selection — the Georgetown product would fit a need in Cleveland.
Needless to say, the speculation will take its course over the next month or so, but at this point, McLemore and Burke are the obvious headline names for the Magic.
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