Plenty of Options for the Magic at #6
The ping pong balls have been pulled and we now know that the Orlando Magic hold the 6th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Heading into Tuesday’s lottery Orlando had the 5th best odds of landing the top pick, but they saw their position fall one slot when the Sacramento Kings land the 2nd overall pick after finishing with the 7th worst record. Despite the slide down to the 6th pick, the Magic should still be able to draft a difference maker this June. The only question is whether they go for frontcourt help or backcourt help with the pick. Either way, they will be filling a position of need. Here are some of the players who could be available when the Magic make their selection.
Mohamed Bamba- Center-Texas
With a 7’9” wingspan Mo Bamba has “rim protector” written all over him. The center from Texas just turned twenty years old this week, and could help solidify the Magic’s frontcourt for years to come. There is no question that Bama has a proven track record on the defensive end, however he has potential to develop a nice offensive game as well.
Wendall Carter – Center- Duke
One back-up plan if Bamba is no longer on the board is Duke’s Wendall Carter. He measures in a 6’11” just like Bamba and also brings an outside shooting element to his game. Carter hit just over 41% from beyond the arc in college. One concern about Carter is if he can handle defending the pick and roll at the next level. Working on his footwork will be key to success in the NBA.
Trae Young – Point Guard – Oklahoma
Now if the Magic elect to replace the departed Elfrid Payton, one player they could look at is Oklahoma’s Trae Young. Not only is he a dynamic scorer, but he know how to distribute the ball. Young averaged nearly 9 assists to go along with over 27 points a game. He’s even drawn some comparison’s to Steph Curry, with the potential to turn into an All-Star caliber player.
Michael Porter Jr. – Forward – Missouri
The last player Orlando could consider with the 6th pick is somewhat of a wild card having only played a handful of games at the college level. But if Orlando feels like rolling the dice, Michael Porter Jr. may be the player that offers the highest upside amongst the players that should be available to them. What’s great about Porter, is that he can play both the small and power forward positions, and was considered as the possible number one overall draft pick as little as a year ago.
Regardless of who they select Orlando’s front office knows it needs to hit a homerun with this pick. The team has been rebuilding for far too long as they are currently in their longest playoff drought in franchise history. Even if they just improve by ten games this coming season that would surely go a long way with the fanbase who is desperate for a winner.