With the NBA Draft just weeks away, Wiz of Awes will be doing a mock draft, which we’ll break down each pick for every lottery team, including the Washington Wizards.
2) Orlando Magic: Trey Burke, PG, Michigan
Basic Stats: 18.6 PPG, 3.2 REB, 6.7 AST, 1.6 STL
The Orlando Magic have been in a state of flux ever since Dwight Howard left town, and as I look up and down the roster, they honestly don’t have much left in O-Town.
As the NBA game continues to display smaller lineups, the point guard position has became as dynamic as it’s ever been. Virtually every rebuilding team has a legitimate point guard in some capacity, but the Orlando Magic seem to be missing a key guard, who’ll be featured in their young rebuilding nucleus. Former NBA All-Star, Jameer Nelson, still has a few years left on his contract, but I certainly expect the Magic to acquire more young talent to focus their rebuilding project around. At 31 years old, you’d have to think that Nelson won’t be of service to Orlando for much longer.
As I mentioned, the Magic don’t have many legitimate pieces to build the team around, so adding anybody in this year’s draft will undoubtedly help. Kansas guard, Ben McLemore, is projected to get selected in this spot, but according to reports, Orlando isn’t totally sold on McLemore. Don’t get me wrong, either choice would be a great addition to the team, but in this case, I think the Magic have to follow other teams’ lead. Teams like the Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and even the Charlotte Bobcats have all gotten their point guard of the future through the NBA Draft, so why shouldn’t Orlando follow through on this opportunity?
Despite concerns over his size, the former Wolverine and National Player of the Year led his team to the National Championship game against the Louisville Cardinals. Unlike McLemore, Burke didn’t disappear during important moments during games, but instead, he stepped up and led his team to victories numerous times during the course of the NCAA season. Burke has the it factor not many players in this years draft class seem to have. His ability to shoot the ball, combined with his quickness and craftiness around the basket has elevated him amongst some of the top prospects in this years NBA Draft. His fearlessness is compared to the likes of Kemba Walker, since he displayed his clutch gene all throughout his college career.
Besides Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris, who averaged over 17 points and 8 rebounds per game after being traded to Orlando, the Magic don’t have very many pieces to build around. I think it’s time they acquired a player as dynamic as Trey Burke, especially since they have chance to do so.