With the NBA Draft order set as of Tuesday night, the rumor mill will certainly grind along until the Cleveland Cavaliers make the first pick on June 27th. One rumor regarding the Orlando Magic surfaced Wednesday from Pro Basketball Draft, which reported that the Magic's decision with the second overall pick will likely come down to Kansas Jayhawks shooting guard Ben McLemore and Michigan Wolverines point guard Trey Burke.
"Both players can help" as Orlando rebuilds, according to the tweet. "Workout [and] interviews are key." Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said in February that he wants to add players "who are about the right things" in order to create a "sustainable" team, so certainly the interviews with McLemore and Burke will figure heavily into his decision as Draft night approaches.
Most experts consider McLemore to be the second-best prospect in the Draft, behind Kentucky Wildcats center Nerlens Noel. The St. Louis, Missouri native has drawn comparisons to Ray Allen due to his combination of athleticism and shooting range. McLemore shot 42 percent from three-point range on 4.7 attempts per game en route to averaging 15.9 points in his lone season with the Jayhawks.
Experts haven't compared Burke to anyone as great as Allen, but he did win the Wooden Award for the NCAA's top point guard in 2013. In his two seasons at Michigan, Burke averaged 16.9 points and 5.7 assists per game, shooting 45 percent from the floor and 36.7 percent on threes.