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Did the Magic have their “heart set” on Smart? Could Burke go first?

2013 May 8
by Brian Serra
Oladipo and Burke are both on the Magic radar

Oladipo and Burke are both on the Magic radar

In his latest Mock Draft update, Chad Ford of ESPN dropped a rather interesting nugget in his analysis of who the Magic would select.

According to sources, Orlando had its heart set on Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart until he broke its heart when he decided to stay in college. While the Magic need just about everything, point guard might be their biggest area of need. So, does Orlando roll the dice on Trey Burke or do they go after Noel, who gives the Magic something else they desperately need (shot blocking)? The Magic were tied for 24th in the league in blocked shots and could use an athlete in the paint next to Nikola Vucevic. While there will be a solid argument for Burke here, high-ceiling players like Noel are hard to come by.

While there was widespread speculation that Marcus Smart was in the running for the overall top pick, this is the first time it has been publicly reported that the Orlando Magic had their “heart set” on taking Smart.  It also shows that people around the league are becoming more and more open to the possibility that Burke could go to the Magic, even if they win the lottery and pick first overall.

For the record, Ford still has the Magic selecting Nerlens Noel if they own the first pick. Read the MBO profiles on Nerlens Noel and Trey Burke. The Draft Lottery will take place on May 21st.

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