With the 2013 NBA Draft looming two days away, ESPN has expanded its latest Mock Draft (Insider required) by Chad Ford to two rounds, giving a full overview of all 60 selections. And Ford says Orlando's picks could be Indiana Hoosiers shooting guard Victor Oladipo at no. 2 and Missouri Tigers point guard Phil Pressey at no. 51.
Regarding the second pick, Ford says "the Magic have explored a number of trade options," but that Oladipo is the most likely pick for Orlando if the Cleveland Cavaliers select Kentucky Wildcats center Nerlens Noel first overall. "Oladipo's defense and crazy motor" appeal to the Magic, Ford says.
Oladipo has the edge on Kansas Jayhawks two-guard Ben McLemore, Ford says, despite McLemore's superiority as an offensive player. The veteran ESPN scribe projects that McLemore will slip to the Phoenix Suns at no 5. He terms Cody Zeller, Oladipo's teammate at Indiana, a "dark horse" for Orlando with the second pick. ESPN's Andy Katz reported Monday that Orlando was still considering Zeller, a power forward, at no. 2.
Pressey could be a "consolation prize" for the Magic in the second round after not getting a point guard in the first round, according to Ford. The Dallas native averaged 9.7 points, three rebounds, 5.9 assists, and two steals across his three seasons at Mizzou, and Ford says "he sees the floor as well as any guard in the draft."
As a result of the 2011 trade with Cleveland for Justin Harper, Orlando does not have its own 2013 second-rounder. The 51st pick comes from the Golden State Warriors via the Denver Nuggets as a result of August's trade involving Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers.
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