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NBA mock draft 2013: SI has Magic taking Ben McLemore with second pick

The Kansas shooting guard has drawn comparisons to Ray Allen, a future Hall-of-Famer.

Ben McLemore
Ben McLemore

The Orlando Magic learned Tuesday night that they'll pick second overall in the 2013 NBA Draft. With the order of picks settled, many media outlets--including ESPN--have begun publishing new or updated mock drafts, and Sports Illustrated is no exception to that rule. Chris Mannix posted a new mock early Wednesday morning, and he has Orlando selecting Kansas Jayhawks two-guard Ben McLemore.

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Mannix believes "it will be difficult for the Magic to pass on McLemore" despite the fact that they already employ Arron Afflalo, a six-year veteran with three years remaining on his contract, at the position. Mannix compares McLemore to future Hall-of-Fame sharpshooter Ray Allen, and also notes that Oklahoma St. Cowboys guard Marcus Smart would have been "a natural fit" for Orlando had he elected to declare for the Draft.

Overall, Mannix concludes that second is "an interesting spot" for the Magic. Michigan Wolverines point guard Trey Burke could also be Orlando's pick, but Mannix expresses doubt that the Magic would select him so high in the draft.

In his lone season at Kansas, McLemore averaged 15.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, two assists, and one steal per game, shooting 49.5 percent from the field and a scorching 42 percent from three-point range.

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