The Magic are doing their homework on this draft’s point guards.
Marcus Smart has already been in town and is due back again, according to a report. Eventually, Dante Exum will be making his way through town as well. And, now, according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders there are more point guards on the way.
The Magic continue to work out PGs. They've worked out Marcus Smart, and they'll work out Tyler Ennis and Elfrid Payton over next few days.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 6, 2014
Tyler Ennis and Elfrid Payton are expected to be available when the Magic select at the 12th pick in the Draft. The evaluations the Magic have for guards like Ennis, Payton and even Zach LaVine (who was in with that Memorial Day workout group) could play a minor role in the decisions made at No. 4. If Orlando feels like it can get a solid starting point guard at 12, the team may opt to go after a player like Julius Randle or Noah Vonleh as a complement to Nikola Vucevic in the post and some balance to Victor Oladipo in the backcourt.
Of course, Jameer Nelson is technically still on the roster and is still a serviceable point guard option should the Magic opt to wait for another year to bolster the point guard position.
It has become clear, however, that the Magic are in the market for a new point guard for their future. The going thought is that it will come in this draft. Whether that comes from the No. 4 pick or the No. 12 pick is what remains the question.
Certainly, everyone seems to believe that the Magic will take Dante Exum at No. 4. If not him, then Marcus Smart (I would suspect his second trip to Orlando is more to have him in one-on-one for an interview and get to know him better rather than put him through a full workout). It is clear the Magic are in the market for a point guard.
The guys that are reportedly coming in certainly are worth taking a look at.
Ennis was a star in his one year at Syracuse making several highlight reel shots and shooting up draft boards. He projects as a solid NBA player, but not potentially a star like Ennis or Smart.
Elfrid Payton has risen draft boards of late, particularly after reports came out that he held his own against Marcus Smart in a workout in Sacramento (who knows if that is interference or not). He was a scorer and do-everything guard at Louisiana-Lafayette, averaging 19.2 points and 5.9 assists per game. He is probably more shooting guard than point guard, but certainly capable of taking over that kind of a role. He remains a really intriguing prospect, but certainly not a star kind of player.
Definitely worth taking a look at though. That is what the Magic are doing.
Bet on the Magic taking a point guard with one of their picks either way.