Orlando Magic: 2020 NBA Draft Preview

by November 12, 2020
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Precious Achiuwa of the Memphis Tigers

Despite not making it out of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs, earning a playoff berth for the second straight season is a positive sign for the Orlando Magic. They’re steadily progressing as a franchise and remaining competitive, demonstrating an aptitude for player development all the while and playing with the swagger of top team.

That they’re doing all this without a superstar is even more impressive. It can’t be said that the Magic will be competing for a championship anytime soon but what they’ve done with their roster so far deserves more recognition.

Related: Full Orlando Magic 2020 Salary Cap Preview

2020 NBA Draft Picks

No. 15 overallNo. 45 overall

Magic Draft Needs

The Magic have a bunch of players that can get to the rim off-the-dribble but they don’t have any that excel from 3-point range outside of Evan Fournier. If Orlando can draft one or two strong perimeter shooters, it will go a long way towards improving their offensive efficiency and spacing the floor for their athletic slashers.

With both D.J. Augustin and Michael Carter-Williams entering free agency this offseason, the Magic also need to address their point guard depth. That said, Orlando may be able to solve both issues with the same pick.

If so, the Magic would be wise to try and find an athletic forward that can mimic Jonathan Isaac’s play. Isaac will miss the entire 2020-21 season after tearing his ACL and meniscus in August.

2020 NBA Draft Prospect Watchlist

No. 15 overallNo. 45 overall
G-F Aaron Nesmith, VanderbiltPG Jahmi’us Ramsey, Texas Tech
F Saddiq Bey, VillanovaPG Yam Madar, Hapoel Tel Aviv
F Patrick Williams, Florida St.PG Markus Howard, Marquette
PG Kira Lewis Jr., AlabamaSF Kenyon Martin, IMG Academy
SG Josh Green, ArizonaPF Paul Reed, DePaul

What The Mocks Are Saying

The RingerTyrese Maxey (No. 15)
The AthleticPrecious Achiuwa (No. 15), Jahmi’us Ramsey (No. 45)
USA TODAY SportsKira Lewis Jr. (No. 15)
CBS SportsCole Anthony (No. 15)
The ScoreR.J. Hampton (No. 15)

Projected Roster

PGMarkelle Fultz
PGMelvin Frazier Jr.
SGEvan Fournier
SGTerrence Ross
FJonathan Isaac
FAaron Gordon
FAl-Farouq Aminu
CNikola Vucevic
CMo Bamba
CKhem Birch

Team-by-Team NBA Draft Guides

AtlanticCentralSoutheast
BostonChicagoAtlanta
BrooklynClevelandCharlotte
New YorkDetroitMiami
PhiladelphiaIndianaOrlando
TorontoMilwaukeeWashington
NorthwestPacificSouthwest
DenverGolden StateDallas
MinnesotaLA ClippersMemphis
Oklahoma LA LakersNew Orleans
PortlandPhoenixHouston
UtahSacramentoSan Antonio

More: SLAM’s 2020 NBA Draft Preview

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