Very Early Recommendation for Orlando Magic's 2013 First-Round NBA Draft Pick

Jason Henry@thenprojectCorrespondent IMarch 3, 2013

LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 05:  Nerlens Noel #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats grabs a rebound during the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Rupp Arena on February 5, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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It’s no secret that the Orlando Magic are struggling this season. Without center Dwight Howard and forward Ryan Anderson, the Magic have limped to a record of 16-44 this season.

First-year head coach Jacque Vaughn has done his best to keep his young team focused and motivated through stretches of 12-game losing streaks and double-digit losses.

The good thing for the team and for fans is that the Magic have a great chance of receiving a high lottery pick.

After Magic general manager Rob Hennigan decided to trade reserve guard J.J. Redick away to the Milwaukee Bucks, it was clear the team’s eyes were fixated to the future.

Now Orlando has to evaluate the talent that may occupy that future at the Amway Center.

Should they go after a point guard or maybe a power forward? Here a few options the Magic should consider before draft season arrives.



Marcus Smart/Point Guard/Oklahoma State


According to, the Magic should take a serious look at Smart if he’s available when they go to draft.

Smart is a strong fusion guard with great court vision and an ability to see the entire floor. The point guard position is currently held by Jameer Nelson who recently turned 31 and has been on and off the court due to injuries.

Unless Nelson has found the fountain of youth or a better pair of knees and ankles, the Magic would be wise to move on from him.

He did sign a $25 million contract in the offseason, but that’s why teams trade players away.


Nerlens Noel/Center/Kentucky


Noel was a lock top-three pick until he badly tore his ACL in February. Some teams may be scared off by the injury and his ability to return to full strength, but that shouldn’t deter the Magic.

Outside of that horrible high-top fade Noel sports, he has the shot-blocking ability of Howard.

If the Magic are looking for an offensive explosion from Noel, they should look elsewhere. If Hennigan and company would like to strengthen their defensive position, Noel is the guy.

Noel is a top-notch rebounder and could serve as a strong low-post presence for years to come.



Otto Porter/Small Forward/Georgetown


Admittedly, I'm a Hoyas fan and I enjoy Porter's ability on the floor.

His name is also pretty cool, isn't it?

Over the past couple of weeks, Porter has really started to come on like Kemba Walker did for Connecticut a few seasons ago.

Because of Potter's emergence, he has improved his draft stock significantly. Porter will need some time to develop and doing it in a place like Orlando just may be the spot.

He's 6'8" and knows how to maneuver around the rim. Being that he is coached by John Thompson III, he's a smart player who understands how to play an intelligent form of basketball.

He'll need to develop a set shot and figure out his spots on the floor, but finding his way with the Magic would be fun to watch.