X

Have feedback / suggestions? Let us know!

NBA Orlando Magic

5 Prospects the Orlando Magic Must Avoid in the 2014 NBA Draft

1 of 11

2014 NBA Draft: 5 Prospects the Orlando Magic Must Avoid

Marcus Smart
Robert Hanashiro- USA TODAY Sports

The Orlando Magic might finally be exercising the demons of their past next season, but they will have to make great decisions in the 2014 NBA Draft in order to make it happen. Victor Oladipo seems like more a of a shooting guard than a point guard, and so it would not surprise me to see them address that position with either the 4th or 12th pick this summer. Here are the five prospects they would do well to avoid.

5. Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart 2014 NBA Draft
Kevin Jairaj- USA TODAY Sports

5. Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart 2014 NBA Draft
Kevin Jairaj- USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Smart will end up getting drafted in the lottery, but just not at number four. It would be ideal If the Magic can grab a big man with that pick, and then grab the Oklahoma State point guard with the twelfth pick. The fit on Orlando would be a bit strange, and that has mainly to do with Victor Oladipo's future position with the team.

4. Noah Vonleh

Noah Vonleh
Mary Langenfeld- USA TODAY Sports

4. Noah Vonleh

Noah Vonleh
Mary Langenfeld- USA TODAY Sports

I know they need some help in the post, but I just feel like there are better options out there. Noah Vonleh's motor was questioned at times with the Indiana Hoosiers; however, it must be noted that he still has nice upside. He might prove all his Big 10 haters quite wrong, and the Magic should trade down a bit if they fall in love with him.

3. Cleanthony Early

May 23, 2014: Scott Rovak; Cleanthony Early, SF, Wichita State
Scott Rovak- USA Today Sports

3. Cleanthony Early

May 23, 2014: Scott Rovak; Cleanthony Early, SF, Wichita State
Scott Rovak- USA Today Sports

Cleanthony Early had a grand old time at Wichita State the last couple seasons, but it is time for him to move on. I hope he ends up on a more established team like the Dallas Mavericks or San Antonio Spurs. That might be a fantasy though, because the NBA can be a cruel business at times.

2. Zach LaVine

Zach LaVin
Jayne Kamin-Oncea- USA TODAY SPORTS

2. Zach LaVine

Zach LaVin
Jayne Kamin-Oncea- USA TODAY SPORTS

We all saw the picture of Zach LaVine's vertical leap. It was impressive, and that is all we need to say about it from that perspective. But I would caution readers who think that basketball is just about how high you jump. I'm not sure which team will take a chance on Lavine; they will be doing so without a whole lot of college game tape to go over.

1. Aaron Gordon

Aaron Gordon
Cary Edmondson- USA TODAY Sports

1. Aaron Gordon

Aaron Gordon
Cary Edmondson- USA TODAY Sports

I love Aaron Gordon's upside, but he just might be an awkward fit for the Orlando Magic. He will probably end up on the Boston Celtics; however, I would not be surprised to see the Los Angeles Lakers fall in love with him either. Mostly, I cannot wait to watch his highlight reel slams, and I am hoping he can convince LeBron James to enter the dunk contest.