Orlando Magic Daily 2022 NBA Mock Draft 3.0
As the wheel turns
The No. 23 pick will be the big one for the Orlando Magic. It is widely understood around the league it seems that Philadelphia is looking to make a deal. They need to add some shooting and try to move some contracts around. Danny Green (a non-guaranteed deal), Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle all seem available.
If the Magic are going to move up in this draft, this is the pick I would target. I would be trying to move Ross to this team — and he would help the 76ers add some much-needed shooting. Green’s contract matches and the team could easily cut him. They could also make the move for a wing like Thybulle, but that would take some additional math.
If Orlando is moving up, I would target Nebraska’s Bryce McGowens. He is an incredibly gifted scorer who is able to get to the basket and draw fouls well. He had a free throw rate of 49.1-percent (essentially taking one free throw for every two field goal attempts).
Nebraska was bad last year. No getting around that. And part of the reason why was because McGowens had to be the main scorer. That should not be his role.
His success will be determined by whether he can work off the ball, make catch-and-shoot 3-pointers and improve his focus on defense.
Dalen Terry was a late riser in this draft after a strong showing a the Combine. The Arizona guard averaged just 8.0 points per game and 3.9 assists per game. he shot 50.2-percent on 6.2 field goal attempts per game. there just was not a lot of usage from the 6-foot-7 guard.
But he has the confidence, competitiveness and physicality to make it. He measured at the NBA Draft Combine with a 7-foot-0.75 wingspan. That turned plenty of heads and he just carries himself like he is going to be an NBA player.
Whoever drafts him will need some patience. But this could be another player the Orlando Magic target if they are trying to trade up. If he even lasts this long.
Walker Kessler was an incredible statistical machine at Auburn. He averaged 11.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.6 blocks per game. He recorded a triple-double this year with blocks in a college game. That is a testament to his size and his ability to use his body to wall off the paint.
But his NBA future is really hard to figure out. He does not have any offensive game outside the paint and is not going to do much more than simple hooks and putbacks. His mobility on the perimeter will come into question too.
Picking Kessler will be about balancing a ton of issues.