Orlando Magic Daily Mock Draft Version 1.0: Postseason run through

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Jalen Green, G-League Ignite
Jalen Green has improved his draft stock with a standout performance in the G-League bubble. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

3. player. 38. . SG. Orlando Magic. Jalen Green

Picked by Jean Racine

Jalen Green is undoubtedly the best player available and fills a glaring need for the Orlando Magic.

The Magic need a superstar and Green has exactly that kind of ceiling.

The 6-foot-6 shooting guard is a gifted offensive player, who can score in a variety of ways. He can attack off the dribble, pull-up or finish at the rim with his impressive athleticism and quickness.

Orlando would plug in Green as a starter right away on the wing. Green has begun to fill out his frame and with a year of professional basketball under his belt, he is one of the most NBA-ready prospects projected to be drafted in the lottery.

Furthermore, Green was the No.1 high school recruit in 2020 ahead of projected No.1 pick Cade Cunningham. Green has said he believes he would have been the No.1 pick had he gone to college. That very well may have been the case if Green choose the college route and demolished his competition.

The Magic are very happy to select Green here with the No. 3 pick and believe they have a potential superstar in the making.

Philip Rossman-Reich’s Pick: Jalen Green

I have to agree with Jean here, Jalen Green is my pick. I think Green has a great scoring ability and gives the Orlando Magic a guy who can score off the dribble and set up his own shot. The Magic desperately need someone they can isolate and has a killer instinct.

More than anything else, Green’s scoring push to help the G-League Ignite make the playoffs showed me a lot. Even in a league that does not play defense, Green was the best player on the floor in meaningful games. That has to be a checkmark for a team with playoff aspirations.

Isaac Ryu’s Pick: Jalen Green

I also agree with Jean. Jalen Green should slide in and take some of Dwayne Bacon’s minutes, which may actually benefit the team. Ideally, the Orlando Magic run out a lineup consisting of Markelle Fultz, Jalen Green, an unnamed forward, Jonathan Isaac and Wendell Carter, which is kind of scary.

I am not sure players like Jonathan Kuminga or Jalen Suggs give you that scoring factor that Jalen Green has. So he seems like a no-brainer.

Justin Szemes’ Pick: Jalen Suggs

My pick for the Orlando Magic here is different. I am going with Jalen Suggs.

Suggs is extremely versatile and can get at it on both ends of the court. He is a high-level playmaker and a great rebounder for a guard. Suggs will become a franchise-changing point guard for whoever drafts him.

Max Mortensen’s Pick: Jalen Suggs

I am also taking Jalen Suggs third if I am the Orlando Magic. Even though Orlando selected a point guard in the first round last year and hit on Cole Anthony, Jalen Suggs is my pick because he can play off-guard and impact the game without the ball in his hands.

Suggs is also one of the best defensive guards in the draft, a skillset the Magic should emphasize with their two first-round selections.

Jacob Warfle’s Pick: Jalen Suggs

I will be taking the other Jalen here for the Orlando Magic. Jalen Suggs is a dynamic guard with the versatility to play the point or move to the off-ball guard position.

He is already a dynamic two-way player and showcased his tenacious perimeter defense in just one season at Gonzaga. On offense, Suggs has the potential to be a deadly combo guard scorer (like Jamal Murray).

Suggs would immediately bring a hunger to Orlando that is desperately needed.