MBO Makes The Pick
The folks here at mBo got together to discuss who we believe the Orlando Magic will select with second overall pick in Thursday night’s draft.
Andrew: Victor Oladipo
Oladipo isn’t a sure thing, but I believe at worst, he winds up being a solid defender. Oladipo’s offense and ability to create are a few of the questions pundits have about him.
If Oladipo continues to get better, that shouldn’t be a problem. Oladipo was one of the most improved players in college basketball last season, upping his effective field goal percentage from 48.8% in the 2011-12 season to 64.8% in the 2012-13 season and improving his true shooting percentage from 54.6% to 67.1%. Oladipo’s offensive rating improved from 110.0 to 125.7. What makes that impressive is he defense didn’t suffer. In fact, it got even better. His defensive rating went from 97.0 to 86.9.
Clearly, work ethic won’t be any question for Oladipo.
Of course, if the Cleveland Cavaliers do indeed decide to take Maryland center Alex Len instead of Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel, my pick changes to Noel.
Brian: Nerlens Noel
The Magic have to take the player with the most upside that fits their system, regardless of ligament health. If Nerlens Noel is available for some reason, they have to take the 7′ with the hope he can one day replace that Dwight Howard once brought. If Noel is gone, as expected, then Oladipo is the pick. While McLemore appears to have a higher ceiling, it’s much less likely he will achieve that peak level than Oladipo would. While you can’t teach athleticism, you also can’t teach ferocity and elite effort. Oladipo brings all of these things.
Preston: Nerlens Noel
Adam: Victor Oladipo
I thought ‘Henny’ should and would draft Victor long before the rumors of Ben McLemore having shaky workouts and an alleged laziness came out. Even if they’re false leaks, I just view Oladipo having a superb professional-readiness that I don’t view McLemore ever fully obtaining. Ben has way higher ‘bust’ potential than Oladipo. Victor’s defense, rebounding, and cutting capabilities I value higher than Ben’s ‘shooting’. Oladipo is an underrated jump shooter in my eyes and I really portray him as a Luol Deng-Dwyane Wade hybrid. That’s not a reach especially if Victor continues hitting the gym as hard as he does. Even if Hennigan prefers to deal the #2 pick (I think he keeps it), Oladipo appears to be much more coveted than McLemore, so there would be more trade suitors. I don’t believe for a second that Cleveland won’t draft Nerlens Noel. The Alex Len/Otto Porter rumors are nothing but smokescreens from the Cavs. Even if Cleveland deals the #1 pick, whoever acquires it will draft Noel.
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