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Magic ‘Early within the Course of’ of Evaluating Jabari Smith, Extra for High NBA Draft Decide

Magic ‘Early within the Course of’ of Evaluating Jabari Smith, Extra for High NBA Draft Decide

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Orlando Magic president Jeff Weltman is not giving any hints on who the staff will take with the highest decide in Thursday’s NBA draft.

In truth, Weltman would have you ever imagine the staff continues to be at its starting phases of deciding.

“I inform you, it is nonetheless early within the course of,” Weltman told reporters Monday.

We’ll chalk this as much as a bit little bit of predraft gamesmanship—largely as a result of it’d border on irresponsible for an NBA staff to be within the “early” stage of deciding who to pick out with three days remaining earlier than the draft.

The school basketball season ended practically three full months in the past; most groups have reached absolutely the endpoint of their scouting course of and can make choices based mostly on how the draft board falls. The Magic have your entire draft board at their disposal; it might be a shock in the event that they have not already determined who to pick out.

“Dialogue is at all times ongoing,” Weltman mentioned. “However most significantly, we get to do what we would like. That is the actual profit of getting the No. 1 decide.”

Auburn’s Jabari Smith has been thought of the favourite for the highest choice since Orlando gained the lottery. Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren and Duke’s Paolo Banchero are thought of the opposite two potential choices, with Banchero being a distant third in that dialog.

Present odds favor Smith, Holmgren and Banchero coming off the board in that order.

That is the fourth time in franchise historical past the Magic have had the No. 1 decide within the NBA draft. The staff beforehand used the choice on Shaquille O’Neal (1992), Chris Webber (1993) and Dwight Howard (2004). Orlando traded Webber’s rights as a part of a deal for Penny Hardaway on draft evening.

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