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Guards parading through Orlando

Draft workouts continue with reports of the next group to reach Orlando coming from Mike Tuck of Sports Talk Florida:

All four could very well be options for the Magic at the 12th pick and the Magic are going to be reviewing all available options when it comes to that pick. As we stated on the podcast with Orlando Magic Stuff earlier this week, many of us expect the Magic to target a shooter in the upcoming NBA Draft. And there are a lot of them as evidenced by the workouts the Magic are holding the next two days.

Doug McDermott was one of the most prolific scorers in college basketball last year, averaging 26.7 points per game on 52.6 percent shooting from the floor. It was his third year averaging more than 20 points per game, shooting better than 50 percent from the floor and 45 percent from beyond the arc. The kid was a sharpshooter, able to work his way around defenses focused solely on stopping him. He was Creighton’s main offensive attacking option.

At the next level, the question with him is whether he can get that separation offensively against NBA defenders and if he can defend NBA players himself. All while using much fewer possessions.

This might be why a guy like Nik Stauskas is getting a little more draft buzz.

Big Ten draft prospects Nik Stauskas and Gary Harris will be in Orlando this week. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Stauskas averaged 17.5 points per game while shooting 44.2 percent from beyond the arc and 47.2 percent from the floor overall. He was very efficient for Michigan and proved to be a surprisingly athletic player and a pretty good defender for such a sharpshooter.

Gary Harris and K.J. McDaniels are not pure shooters like McDermott and Stauskas, but they would be more combo guards to add to the Magic’s roster. Orlando has shown already it favors versatile players who can line up at multiple positions.

Harris split time at point guard and shooting guard for Michigan State, averaging 16.7 points per game last season. Drafting him would be drafting based on potential. He is adept at getting to the rim and has a ton of speed and athleticism for a combo guard, but he is short on point guard skills and shooting ability. He is already a pretty good player, but will still need work to make it in the NBA.

The same could be said for K.J. McDaniels.

McDaniels broke through last year to average 17.3 points per game for Clemson. He was a bit player before that, but used his size and ability to slash and get to the basket to break through. He too needs to improve his jumper at the next level.

All three of these players should be available at No. 12 if the Magic want to go that direction.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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