Orlando Magic NBA Draft Big Board 1.0: I guess it’s that time

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Moses Moody, Arkansas Razorbacks
Moses Moody is one of the best scorers in this Draft class. Mandatory Credit: Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports /

Other Prospects to Watch

Outside of the top five, there are still some solid prospects, especially ones who fit some of the Orlando Magic’s most immediate needs. These rankings will now focus on players the Magic should target if they fall out of the top group.


Moses Moody G/F

Arkansas Razorbacks
Arkansas Razorbacks /

Moses Moody is one of the top scorers in the SEC, averaging 17.0 points per game on a 51.0-percent effective field goal percentage. He is shooting 37-percent from beyond the arc too. So there is a sign he can become a solid perimeter shooter. That is not his expertise. He is the guy for Arkansas and scores a lot off the dribble. That might explain his lack of efficiency.


Scottie Barnes F

Florida State Seminoles
Florida State Seminoles /

The Orlando Magic love their versatile forwards and Scottie Barnes certainly fits that bill. The 6-foot-9 forward is averaging 10.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, showing his versatility. That does not even get to his defense, which is among the best in the ACC. His shooting is certainly a concern. But he will be a coach’s dream with his effort and potential.


Keon Johnson SF

Tennessee Volunteers
Tennessee Volunteers /

Keon Johnson is quietly one of the best scorers in the nation. It does not seem like he is getting a ton of buzz on a pretty good Tennessee team. That might be because he has not been super consistent. He is averaging just 10.5 points per game on a 46.4-percent effective field goal percentage. That is not exactly screaming NBA. But his 27-point performance against Kentucky and a 23-point performance against Auburn certainly point toward NBA potential.


Ziaire Williams SF

Stanford Cardinal
Stanford Cardinal /

Like Keon Johnson, Ziaire Wiliams has shown flashes of his potential, including a 19-point performance against Alabama and a triple-double earlier in the year. But he has not put everything together. He is scoring just 10.7 points per game on an inefficient 43.1-percent effective field goal percentage. His success will likely depend on whether he can develop a 3-point shot, which has not come yet in college.


James Bouknight SG

James Bouknight might be the best-kept secret in the nation and in this draft class. He is a scorer through and through. And he has taken some turns carrying Connecticut’s offense with his ball-handling and creation throughout the year. He is averaging 20.1 points per game on 50.6-percent effective field goal percentage with a 32.8-percent usage rate. His 3-point shooting still needs to improve. But a lot of that could be from his need to be on the ball as much as he has been.


Corey Kispert PF

Gonzaga Bulldogs
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Gonzaga’s leading scorer is Corey Kispert as he averages 19.5 points per game. Unlike the other guys on this list, the senior forward is a knock-down shooter. Perhaps one of the best pure shooters in this draft. He is making 46.3-percent from beyond the arc this year and 41.0-percent for his career at Gonzaga. He is limited outside of his shooting. But that is obviously a skill in need.


Jalen Johnson F

Duke Blue Devils
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A lot has been made of Jalen Johnson’s decision to withdraw from Duke and miss the rest of the season. A lot of it is frankly noise. Johnson was dealing with an injury throughout the season and he was always destined to leave after his freshman year anyway. It was not working out and he has decided to focus on his career and spend time preparing for the Draft.

He is really talented. He has a lot of athleticism and he put that on display in his short time with the Blue Devil. But his run with Duke was not great — 11.2 points, 6.1 rebounds per game in 11 games. Still, there is something to like there if he can get healthy and prove himself over again.


Ayo Dosunmu SG

Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois Fighting Illini /

Illinois runs a high-octane offense that focuses on getting out in transition and moving the ball in and out. The Illini fire from deep and spread the floor around their center. They are set to ride this into a No. 1 or 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Ayo Dosunmu has been one of the primary playmakers and scorers from the perimeter.

Dosunmu averages 21.0 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game and 5.3 assists per game while shooting 40.0-percent from beyond the arc. He also recorded a triple-double earlier this season. He is a versatile guard who can take care of games — just watch how he finished off Ohio State on Saturday while wearing a mask for the first time.

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You have to wonder whether these numbers are goosed up a bit by Illinois’ pace-based offense. But he seemingly can fit in with the flow of an offense. And that is a great place to start.