NBA Draft 2013: 5 Players Orlando Magic Should Trade Down to Obtain

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Apr 6, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) drives as Michigan Wolverines guard Trey Burke (3) and Michigan Wolverines forward Mitch McGary (4) defend in the second half of the semifinals during the 2013 NCAA mens Final Four at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

3) Michael Carter-Williams, Point Guard, Syracuse

A lot of Magic fans wouldn’t mind the team having a 6’6″ point guard again. It worked out kind of nice in the Penny-Shaq era, and the team tried to recreate that success several other times, particularly with the signing of mega bust Jarryl Sasser.

The hope is that Carter-Williams would be more Penny than Sasser, and he’s seemingly got more of the traits of the legendary Magic point, rather than Sasser’s short lived horrible career.

Carter-Williams has a high ceiling, but he also could fail miserably. Taller point guards face a lot of issues the little guys don’t, not the least of which is the fact the ball must travel higher to reach the hand while dribbling, which makes protecting it that much harder. What doesn’t help much is that his handles are average at best.

He’s good leading the fast break and in transition, and he’s even able to create a lot of shots for himself.

But there is the aspect that worries GMs he may end up being nothing more than a 2-guard with an inadequate skill set after a few years in the NBA. The gamble still may be worth it, given the fact that a Carter-Williams / Maurice Harkless defensive tandem could potentially wreak havoc on opposing teams.