5 best NBA Draft fits for the Orlando Magic

Arkansas guard Moses Moody is an impressive prospect who feels like a perfect fit. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Arkansas guard Moses Moody is an impressive prospect who feels like a perfect fit. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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Moses Moody, Arkansas Razorbacks
Jan 6, 2021; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks guard Moses Moody (5) shoots a free throw against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports /

Orlando Magic Draft Fits: Shooting

Moses Moody, Arkansas

In just about every mock draft exercise I have done to this point, I end up taking Moses Moody with the eighth pick of the draft. Every time I keep trying to look at other players, I keep thinking about how perfect of a fit Moody would be for the Magic from a skill, positional, risk-taking and athletic basis.

It probably got clinched when Moody measured at the NBA Draft Combine at 6-foot-6 with a 7-foot wingspan. If that does not scream Jeff Weltman and John Hammond are going to draft him, I am not sure what would.

Moody though has an impressive skill set too. If the Magic are going to take a chance on a high-upside player at No. 5 (which they should in seeking a star-potential player), they should think about going with someone who is a safer bet.

To me, though, Moody presents both a safe pick and someone with potential to break out too.

Moody averaged 16.8 points per game with 35.8-percent 3-point shooting and 50.3-percent effective field goal percentage. Considering he was the primary scorer with a 22.3-percent usage rate, Moody’s efficiency could creep up when he moves off the ball.

That is a really important thing to note with a lot of college players. What do they do when the ball is out of their hands?

So Moody then would project as a potentially strong 3-point shooter almost immediately (he made 81.2-percent of his free throw attempts on 5.8 per game).

Where everyone gets really excited and where his fit grows is his potential as a defender.

Moody has the physical tools to be a great defender at the wing spot and had positive defensive box plus-minus (2.3) and defensive win share (1.8) numbers, according to Sports-Reference.

There will probably need to be more work for him on that end. But the potential is there for Moody to be a great 3-and-D type player.

Other Options

Corey Kispert, Gonzaga: Corey Kispert is widely considered to be the best pure shooter in the draft. He works well off screens and has shown some ability to put the ball on the floor and score from mid-range. He just needs a good environment around him.

Franz Wagner, Michigan: Franz Wagner might be the best pure 3-and-D prospect in the draft. His defense and rebounding especially have gotten notice in the draft process.

Chris Duarte, Oregon: Chris Duarte took a big leap in his shooting last year going from 33.6-percent from deep to 42.4-percent last year.