Some draft experts are suggesting that Georgetown small forward Otto Porter might go second in the NBA draft. Since the Orlando Magic are making that selection, it’s hard to believe that they’ll pass up on Ben McLemore at the guard position, where they badly need a talented playmaker.
There’s also the scenario that the Cleveland Cavaliers could decide not to go with Nerlens Noel and take McLemore instead. The Magic could then go with Porter over Noel. But if it’s McLemore vs. Porter, the Magic seem to be destined to go with the guard, unless the front office is figuring on handling the guard spot from their current roster or via a major trade.
Porter, however, continues to intrigue a lot of teams, including the Magic, with what he’s able to do on the court after only two seasons at Georgetown.
Draft experts like Porter’s balanced attack with 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds, plus 2.7 assists per game. He averaged 3.5 minutes per game. Considering college basketball is 40 minutes barring an overtime, playing for more than 35 minutes per game also shows a performer’s solid durability skills.
His shooting is not bad at 48 percent from the floor, 42.2 percent in threes and 77.7 percent from the free-throw line. Most experts agree Porter is the best small forward on the draft board. The question for the Magic is if they want that elite shooting guard or a small forward who can play some excellent basketball with and without the ball.
The Magic could decide Porter is their guy. He’s certainly going to be an NBA standout. Orlando couldn’t go wrong with this selection, but it’s still hard to see them bypassing McLemore for Porter.