NBA Draft Combine Day 1: Magic Interested in McCollum?
With Rob Hennigan and his entire crew in Chicago for the NBA Draft Combine (to include Head Coach Jacque Vaughn), the franchise is undergoing scouting for their first draft with the freshly gutted roster. The exact pick for the Magic will not be determined until next Tuesday’s Draft Lottery. The team has the best odds to win the Lottery (25%) but they can pick no later than 4th overall. The team also owns a 2nd round pick, number 51 overall.
Some of the names you hear linked to Orlando in the next few months may sound strange, but keep in mind that the draft process is fluid. Teams will trade up, trade down and trade active players with picks attached. Where teams are today is not necessarily where they will be come Draft Night.
Unofficial Player Measurements via Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports:
Nerlens Noel – 6’11 3/4″ with shoes, 7’9″ with hair – he had been listed previously at 6’11″
Ben McLemore – 6’3″ without shoes – he had been listed previously at 6’5″
Victor Oladipo – 6’4 1/4″ with shoes – he had been listed previously at 6’4″
Trey Burke - 6’1 1/4″ with shoes, 6’5 1/2″ wingspan
The following players have been reported as having interviews so far with the Magic: Lehigh Guard C.J. McCollum (projected lottery), Texas PG Myck Kabongo (projected 2nd round), Colorado F Andre Roberson (projected late 2nd round and working out with PF’s).
McCollum is a proven scorer who teams will hope can play point guard and despite only playing 12 games his senior year of college, he is rising fast up team’s draft boards. The most likely scenario for McCollum to end up in Orlando would be if Orlando traded down or acquired another lottery pick.
“At 6-3, he is considered more of a combo guard and, like Curry, is a great scorer, although not in the same class as a shooter.” -Fran Fraschilla via ESPN Insider
“McCollum will have a little more of an adjustment in changing roles, like a shortstop moving over to play third base [Re: SG toPG]. If he can handle running a team of veteran NBA players as a rookie, it will be a major accomplishment. In that regard, though success may happen a little sooner for Burke, McCollum has serious potential.” -Fran Fraschilla via ESPN Insider
The following players have been reported as having interviews scheduled with the Magic: Ben McLemore, Nerlens Noel and Trey Burke.
Meanwhile, Orlando bred, University of Miami PG Shane Larkin announced that he has a workout scheduled later this month with the Magic.
Otto Porter has interviewed with Charlotte, Phoenix and OKC. Says he looks at Cleveland, Phoenix and Orlando as being the best fit.
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) May 16, 2013
Interesting to see Porter consider Orlando as one of the best fits for him. Harkless and Harris probably think otherwise.
— mBo (@MagicBasketball) May 16, 2013
In positive news for Nerlens Noel, he measured bigger than previously thought and can now be considered a legit 7-footer. In the interview below, Noel says that he is ahead of schedule and is doing basic shooting drills – though no running.