2013 NBA Draft: Kenny Kadji Possible Prospect for Orlando Magic Despite Age

By John Raffel
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Orlando Magic may want to go with an oldie but a goodie when it comes to making that second pick later this month for the 2013 NBA Draft.

Some teams are looking at Kenny Kadji, a 6-foot-11 forward from Miami with a skeptical eye because of his age, 25. But there’s the attraction that he’s had 97 double doubles, so why should age matter?

He might not be a starter in the NBA, but Kadji could definitely be a role player for the Magic and supply the team with valuable court minutes. This past season, Kadji averaged 29.1 minutes, 12.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 54.3 percent from the floor, 35.1 percent in threes and 66.1 percent in free throws.

Ironically, at age 25, Kadji will be older this season than Russell Westbrook, who is already in his sixth NBA season. Kadji improved slightly from the 2011-12 season when he averaged 24 minutes, 11.7 points. 5.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks a game and shot 48.9 percent from the floor.

Kadji had started his first two collegiate seasons at Florida, but his transfer to Miami paid off handsomely. He’s become a more aggressive player over the last two seasons and isn’t afraid of taking the ball to the hoop. He has plenty of qualities the Magic will like for the future.

Because of his age, he doesn’t have room for growth which is a drawback. But he does have plenty of physical maturity, and Kadji could give the Magic some valuable minutes.

He would still be a part of the youth movement the Magic hopes will take the franchise in a winning direction.

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