A bit of a reach
Precious Achiuwa PF
Precious Achiuwa has a lot of the skills teams want defensively. He averaged a double-double in his lone year at Memphis and stepped into the role that was likely reserved for James Wiseman.
The issue with Achiuwa is that he does not pop off as a game-changing defensive player. Nor does he have the shooting chops you would expect. He shot worse than 50-percent while playing center for Memphis in college. Achiuwa does not have the varied skills that make him a viable pick, especially for the Orlando Magic.
Aleksej Pokusevski PF/C
If you are looking for the dark horse, who is this guy, European starlet in the draft, meet Aleksej Pokusevski (just click that video analysis link). The video on this guy is similar to the video of Giannis Antetokounmpo when he was going through the Draft process.
Pokusevski is a 7-foot forward with a plus-wingspan and the mobility and fluidity to play off the dribble. He is comfortable coming around screens and making plays off the bounce. That sounds tantalizing. But like Antetokounmpo, he was playing against some very weak competition. Nobody knows if this guy will translate. Someone will take the risk.
Saddiq Bey G/F
There is a lot to like about Saddiq Bey. He is a good player who can shoot from the outside and knows how to play within himself. That is valuable, especially for players taken late in the draft.
Bey was a fantastic defender for a great defensive coach at Villanova. And that will translate. Teams like that from him. Bey probably tops off as a 3-and-D player off the bench who can make spot starts. And I have some concerns that his extra weight and bulk will hurt his lateral quickness against NBA players. But Bey is a solid pick who will help any team.
Jahmi'us Ramsey G
Jahmi’us Ramsey is one of the top scorers in this Draft, averaging 15.0 points per game and shooting 42.6-percent from beyond the arc. The 6-foot-4 guard is a dynamic scorer. But that is about it. And his lack of length and size are certainly demerits when it comes to the Orlando Magic.
Theo Maledon PG
Theo Maledon is just a solid player overall. He does not do anything spectacularly, but he knows how to use the tools he has to create space and get into the paint. That is valuable, especially for a team in the middle or late stages of the first round. But he does not have a high ceiling. Maledon tops off as a backup guard. Which is fine for what he can provide.
Jaden McDaniels F
The Orlando Magic like players with extreme length. Jaden McDaniels appears to be the player who measured with the longest wingspan in the NBA Draft Combine (or the virtual one). So we have to put him on our board.
I am not a big fan of his. He is all raw prospect and not a lot of tangible value. He averaged 13.0 points per game but shot just 40.5-percent from the floor. That might be a bridge too far even for a team that likes drafting guys on pure potential.
Don’t worry there is more draft coverage to come. We still have a few player profiles to get to and we will have a full mock draft set for Draft Week!