The NBA Draft draws closer, but there's still no consensus on whom the Orlando Magic will select with the 19th overall pick. Orlando, which is under new general management after last week's hire of Rob Hennigan, is a difficult team to read and has a lot of issues to address in the offseason, making pegging their pick more difficult than one might initially expect.
Chad Ford of ESPN.com and Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com have former Ohio State Buckeyes big man Jared Sullinger slipping to Orlando. Sullinger comes highly regarded, but recent concerns about his back, which team doctors have "red flagged," raise questions about his NBA readiness. He averaged 17.3 points on 53 percent shooting in his two seasons at Ohio State, adding 9.7 rebounds as well.
Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress says once again that the Magic will take St. John's Red Storm forward Moe Harkless, who contributed across the board in his lone collegiate season with 15.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and three combined steals and blocks. An intriguing prospect, Harkless is rising on a lot of teams' draft boards, reports Sam Amick, and may not be available when Orlando picks.
Aran Smith, for his part, has the Magic selecting Perry Jones III of Baylor. "19 is obviously extremely low for such an immense talent," the NBADraft.net scribe writes, "but there are major concerns that Jones won't realize his potential." Jones averaged 13.5 points and 7.6 boards a a sophomore.