The Orlando Magic selected Kentucky swingman DeAndre Liggins with the 53rd overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. The 23-year-old senior showcased remarkable versatility last season, averaging 8.6 points, 4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game for the Wildcats.
Liggins entered Kentucky as a point guard, but shifted into more of a swingman role as his skills continued to develop, said Magic President of Basketball Operations Otis Smith. Though not an efficient scorer--he shot just 44.2 percent on two-point baskets--he nonetheless shows promise as versatile defender capable of checking three positions. As a plus, the Nevada native did connect on 39.1 percent of his threes on 2.4 attempts per game.
Liggins' selection makes it two straight seasons the Magic added a Kentucky player via the Draft, they chose center Daniel Orton with the 29th overall selection last season.
As a second-round pick without a guaranteed contract, he faces an uphill climb to make the Magic's roster.