With the order for the 2014 NBA Draft set, the mock Draft season has kicked into overdrive as analysts make their picks.
A quick survey of several mock Drafts posted in the wake of Tuesday's Lottery reveals a consensus, of sorts, regarding whom Orlando will select with the fourth overall pick. All five mocks featured here peg Australian combo guard Dante Exum as the Magic's man. Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress, Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com, Ricky O'Donnell of SB Nation, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, and Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports all agree that Exum will slip to the Magic at no. 4, and that Orlando won't let him drop any further.
"Exum is a bit of an enigma given he hasn't been seen extensively since last summer, but Orlando assistant GM Matt Lloyd was one of the few high level executives who actually were in attendance to scout him last summer in Prague at the U19 World Championship," writes Givony. Citing "our sources," he says the Magic have done more research into Exum's "background" than any other team has.
In explaining his pick of Exum for Orlando, O'Donnell writes that the 18-year old would be the "ideal backcourt complement" to Victor Oladipo due to his "ability to defend shooting guards, handle the playmaking duties offensively and stretch defenses."
Mannix, for his part, agrees that the Magic will take Exum if he's available, but they could also have an eye on Oklahoma State product Marcus Smart.
While there's no consensus regarding on whom Orlando will use the 12th overall pick, the experts at least agree that the team will look to add a scorer on the wing. The names these experts mention for Orlando at no. 12: Kentucky swingman James Young (Givony), Duke small forward Rodney Hood (Howard-Cooper), Michigan State two-guard Gary Harris (O'Donnell), Creighton forward Doug McDermott (Mannix), and Croatian point forward Dario Šarić (Spears).