Orlando Magic Daily Mock Draft 2.0
The Rest of the First Round
Florida Gators fans will be familiar with Andrew Nembhard. He was a hard worker and a good defender with some bravado and swagger as a guard. He became a rock for Gonzaga these last two years after transferring to the powerhouse program. Nembhard will fit in somewhere. He will stick if his shooting and decision-making improve.
Trevor Keels was a streaky shooter for Duke. But he could get really hot and change games. On top of this, he is a solid and switchable defender. Someone who would thrive in the Golden State Warriors’ ecosystem.
Kendall Brown has all the size and makings of an NBA-caliber player. But he still has a lot of work to do to fill out the gaps in his game. He has to become a better shooter and a better scorer to make it to the next level.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are almost certainly the kind of team to take a chance on the high-upside of Patrick Baldwin Jr. Baldwin entered the year as one of the top high school prospects but struggled with injuries and inefficiency in his lone year at Milwaukee.
Bryce McGowens has really good size at guard at 6-foot-7 and he can fill up a box score. Learning how to be efficient and play a role will be a challenge for the Nebraska guard.
If the Orlando Magic take the second-round pick, there is certainly an argument that they should take a big swing with one of them. Even if it means asking the player to defer a year in the G-League, if that is what it takes.
Jaden Hardy entered the G-League Ignite this past year as its top prospect. He struggled with efficiency throughout the course of his time in the G-League. But the talent is undoubtedly there.
It would suck to give him another year in the G-League, but he might need it. The chance of that hitting is a big one though.
Dalen Terry is an intriguing prospect. He has good size at 6-foot-7 and is a decent shooter. He still has to show some consistency but he is knocking on the door of the first round.
MarJon Beauchamp had some good showings for the G-League Ignite and might have been the best G-League player from the Rising Stars games. Beauchamp is about getting in the lane and he has to improve his 3-point shot to make good on his vast potential.
Jaylin Williams is a 6-foot-10 center who has good size and mobility but is still looking to put all the pieces together. He was a decent but not great shot blocker and rebounder and averaged 10.9 points per game. His offense was really limited.
But he was an All-SEC defensive player and was one of the best players in the NCAA Tournament, helping Arkansas put a little scare into Duke in their game in the Sweet Sixteen.