Imagine this as a surprise scenario in the 2013 NBA Draft.
The Orlando Magic have decided that Ben McLemore is their man. Their biggest need is at guard and McLemore is tops on their list.
But then he’s gone. The Cleveland Cavaliers announce that McLemore is the guy they’re taking.
The Magic, very disappointed, now have to start from scratch. They’ve decided Nerlens Noel, with his knee problems and other factors, won’t supply them with their No. 1 need. They have to have a guard.
So the Magic brass decide to look for the best guard. They go through the names and decide to pass up what they scouts are telling them.
They go for C.J. McCollum of Lehigh. They explain that after watching more film on C.J., reviewing the legitimacy of his stats and watching him perform, that he can be a star in the NBA more so than the others.
Some think McCollum could be considered the second best guard on the entire draft list. He’s averaging 31 minutes, 23.9 points, 5.90 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game for Lehigh with fabulous shooting percentages of 49.5 percent from the floor, 51.6 percent in 3-pointers and 84.9 percent from the free-throw line.
The biggest concern will have to be the level of competition McCollum faced, considering he’s from Lehigh.
Most observers would accuse the Magic of being insane for taking this pick when the highest most people put him is six.
But McCollum is going to help somebody with all of the riches he maintains as a guard. The team he helps might as well be the Orlando Magic. They need plenty of it.