2014 NBA Mock Draft: Predicting the Orlando Magic's Picks

By Kareem Gantt
James Young, Kentucky WIldcats, Orlando Magic
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The 2014 NBA Draft is coming soon, and the Orlando Magic has some holes to fill if the team expects to contend for a playoff berth next season. Orlando holds the fourth and 12th picks in the draft. Let’s see who the Magic will select with their picks:

Fourth Pick: Dante Exum, Australian Institute of Sports, PG-SG, 6-foot-6, 196 pounds

The Magic desperately needs a point guard to direct the offense next season, and Exum should be the No. 1 choice for Orlando. The Australian guard is lightning quick of the dribble, can create his own offense, and can set up his teammates, something the Magic was unable to get much off last season.

There is also a chance that the Magic take their chances in the free agent pool to find a floor leader, but that should not stop Orlando from grabbing this talented guard, as a backup is also needed.

12th Pick: James Young, Kentucky, SG-SF, 6-foot-7, 213 pounds, freshman

Another need for the Magic is depth, and if there is ever a possibility that Aaron Afflalo will not return next year, then the Magic needs to find a replacement for the up-and-coming star. Young can fit that bill, as he is a gifted athlete who also has a sweet shooting stroke.

Another upside to Young is that he can play both the two-guard and small forward roles. He is quite young — he turns 19 on Aug. 16 — which will mean he will have some growing pains. But if Afflalo stays, then he can be a much capable backup and learn the ropes from one of the best guards in the game.

Kareem Gantt is an Orlando Magic writer for Rant Sports. For more from this author, you can ‘follow’ him on Twitter, ‘like’ him on Facebook, and ‘add’ him to your network on Google

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