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NBA Draft 2014: Orlando Magic select Marcus Smart, Dario Šarić in new mock

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The two playmakers could bolster the Magic's rotation.

Marcus Smart and Wayne Selden Jr.
Marcus Smart and Wayne Selden Jr.
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In a mock NBA Draft posted Saturday, Basketball Insiders editor Steve Kyler projects the Orlando Magic to address their need for playmaking with their pair of first-round selections.

With the fourth overall selection, Kyler projects the Magic to add Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart. In his sophomore season, the sturdy Smart stuffed the stat sheet with 18 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 2.9 steals per game on 42.2 percent shooting. Most analysts and fans expected Smart to declare for the Draft in 2013, following a freshman season in which he earned Consensus All-American First Team honors, but he elected instead to return to Stillwater.

In this mock, the Magic's choice of Smart leaves the likes of Australian guard Dante Exum, Arizona big man Aaron Gordon, Kentucky power forward Julius Randle, and Indiana big man Noah Vonleh, among others, still on the board.

DraftExpress scouts Dario Šarić

The Magic pick up another playmaker with the 12th overall selection in Kyler's mock, adding Croatian point forward Dario Śarić. According to Kyler, "there have been rumblings" that Orlando could make a so-called "draft-and-stash" selection at 12, meaning it'd pick a player with the expectation that he would continue to hone his craft overseas instead of joining the team immediately.

In 28 appearances for KK Cibona of the Croatian League and Adriatic League, the 6-foot-10 Šarić averaged 16.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.2 assist, and 1.3 steals on 55.1 percent shooting from the floor. At 20 years old, Šarić still has plenty of room to grow.

"There has also been some talk," says Kyler, that the Magic might add UCLA guard Zach LaVine with the 12th pick.

The 2014 NBA Draft is set for Thursday, June 26th on ESPN.

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