Orlando Magic Daily 2024 NBA Mock Draft 1.0: What's there to pick?

The Orlando Magic are in a new position as a team outside the lottery. With so many things on the table for them this offseason, where does that leave them for the Draft? It is time to make our first run through the Draft order.
Tristan Da Silva is a favored target for the Orlando Magic at No. 18. But that could also mean he is gone by the time the Magic pick.
Tristan Da Silva is a favored target for the Orlando Magic at No. 18. But that could also mean he is gone by the time the Magic pick. / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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The Orlando Magic's real targets, part 1

F. 14. . Tristan Da Silva. player. 34. Blazers No. 14 Mock Draft 06.02.24. Colorado. . Tristan Da Silva

No player has been connected more to the Orlando Magic than Colorado forward Tristan Da Silva.

In so many words, he looks like an Orlando Magic-type player. He has good size and has tons of basketball IQ. He always seems to be in the right spot and to make the right play. There is nothing flashy about Da Silva's game. It is all solid.

He averaged 16.0 points per game to go with 5.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. In Pac-12 play, he averaged 16.5 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game. He finished his season hitting on 39.5 percent of his three-pointers (his second straight year at 39 percent or better).

Tristan Da Silva is not as athletic as Franz Wagner, but they play similarly. Da Silva is not going to go too far outside of his box. But his skill set is so varied that the box is pretty big.

It is going to be hard to believe he will sneak all the way down to No. 18 where the Magic are picking. The league values seniors and veteran players more than the draft experts let on. And he will make any team—even a rebuilding team like the Portland Trail Blazers—better.

15. player. Providence. Devin Carter. . PG. Devin Carter. Heat No. 15 Mock Draft 06.02.24. Scouting Report. 110

The other target many Orlando Magic fans have started eyeing is Providence point guard Devin Carter. He too is a veteran who seems to be a player who will find his way pretty quickly in the NBA and contribute fairly soon.

Carter averaged 19.7 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game with 3.6 assists per game. Carter is a tough defender at 6-foot-3, 188 pounds (and a Miami native and son of former Miami Heat guard Anthony Carter). He is a tough player who checks most of the boxes experienced teams want from rookies.

Carter has improved tremendously as a three-point shooter, too, hitting 37.7 percent of his threes after being a sub-30 percent shooter in his first two years in college. Carter made 74.9 percent of his free throws. Shooting may still be a concern with him.

But Carter is a tough, hard-nosed player who can manage a team and get himself to the basket and score. He is unafraid to mix things up in the paint. That will be a start.