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2014 NBA Draft: 5 Players Orlando Magic Should Target at No. 4

Orlando Magic: 5 Players They Should Target at No. 4 in the 2014 NBA Draft

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While the Orlando Magic finished with a bottom three record in the NBA, they slipped back a spot during the draft lottery when the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the odds and jumped everyone for the No. 1 pick. Luckily for Orlando, there are four players who could be considered for the top pick, so they're pretty much guaranteed to end up with one of the draft's difference-makers. Find out which players they should target with their pick.

5. Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State

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5. Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State

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Marcus Smart likely won't go this high, not with so much other talent on the board, but the Magic do need a long-term answer at point guard to replace Jameer Nelson. Although there are questions as to whether Smart can play PG in the NBA, he's a tenacious wing defender with a good outside shot and can likely fit into any backcourt. Smart will have to work on his distributing, but there were those who didn't think Steph Curry could play PG either.

4. Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana

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4. Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana

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Noah Vonleh is one of the top prospects in this draft class and is seemingly gaining more traction by the day. While Vonleh played for a mediocre Indiana team this season and didn't get the same notoriety that the top two players on this list got, in many other years he'd be a candidate for the top pick. Vonleh has a NBA-ready body and his long arms and athleticism make him a terror around the rim on both sides of the ball.

3. Dante Exum, PG, Australia

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3. Dante Exum, PG, Australia

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Dante Exum is the mystery man of the 2014 draft, but one thing is for certain: The scouts love him. Exum has had limited exposure to the North American market, but he has still drawn rave reviews for his incredible length, athleticism and court vision. Exum still needs to improve his outside shot to become an all-around threat, but he could easily be the replacement for Nelson in Orlando if they opt for a guard over a big man.

2. Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky

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2. Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky

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Julius Randle was one of the most impressive freshmen in the country this year and helped lead his Kentucky Wildcats all the way to the NCAA Final. Randle's tenacious demeanor on the court makes him difficult to guard on defense and helps him to be a force on the glass. With his lefty stroke, he looks a lot like Zach Randolph did coming out of college. Putting Randle next to Nikola Vucevic would form one of the best young frontcourts in the NBA.

1. Jabari Parker, SF, Duke

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1. Jabari Parker, SF, Duke

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Although it's likely Parker will go in the top three and therefore not be available to the Magic No. 4, all it takes is for one of the top three teams to fall in love with Randle, Exum or Vonleh and Parker could be an option for Orlando. Parker was arguably the best freshman in the country this season and can score from anywhere on the court. He's a high energy player and an active defender with a long wingspan, which could make him the pick.