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GBB Community 2014 NBA Mock Draft: Orlando Magic Pick #15

After picking Dante Exum and trading for Paul Millsap, who will Orlando select at #15?

The Orlando Magic mascot is a Disney fantasy/nightmare
The Orlando Magic mascot is a Disney fantasy/nightmare
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Previous Picks: #1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10#11#12#13#14
Team and Draft Order Representative GM Player Selected
#1 Cleveland Cavaliers Chris Faulkner Andrew Wiggins
#2 Milwaukee Bucks Kwhittington Joel Embiid
#3 Philadelphia 76ers KellyMelvina Jabari Parker
#4 Orlando Magic BluesCityJoe Dante Exum
#5 Philadelphia 76ers (from UTA) KellyMelvina Aaron Gordon
#6 Boston Celtics Dekebarron Noah Vonley
#7 LA Lakers Tonyallenismyhomeboy Marcus Smart
#8 Chicago Bulls (from SAC) Chip Williams Julius Randle
#9 Charlotte Hornets Andrew Ford Nik Stauskas
#10 Utah Jazz (from PHI) Jmxisnext Adreian Payne
#11 Denver Nuggets VancouverGrizz Gary Harris
#12 Atlanta Hawks (from ORL) Matt Hrdlicka Dario Saric
#13 Phoenix Suns (from MIN) Adam Rubrum Rodney Hood
#14 Memphis Grizzlies (from MIN) Joe Mullinax Doug McDermott

In my draft pick at #4, I laid out a probable starting lineup for the Magic of Nelson, Oladipo, Afflalo, Harris, & Vucevic. With that pick of Exum and my trade for Millsap, the Magic are left with a probable starting lineup of:

PG Dante Exum
SG Victor Oladipo
SF Tobias Harris
PF Paul Millsap
C Nikola Vucevic

If Exum is as good as advertised and Oladipo and Harris continue to improve, that's a lineup that could contend for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 4 starters 23 and younger.  While that lineup is younger, more athletic, and likely better defensively than its previous iteration, it does take a step back in shooting.  So, when I traded from #12 to #15, my board for this pick went:

1. Dario Saric (great all-around talent)
2. Doug McDermott (shooter!)
3. Rodney Hood (shooter!)

...and then Saric and Hood went off the board, and MulliGM traded up to steal Dougie McBuckets.  How could you, Joe?  I was going to call him Magic Dougie McBuckets!  It was all so perfect, and for the 3rd time in the draft, none of the 3 guys I had hoped would fall to me did.

So, let's look at the remaining players on Orlando Pinstriped Post's big board:
11. Tyler Ennis
13. Zach LaVine
16. Kyle Anderson
17. James Young

With the 15th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic select:

15) Kyle Anderson, PG/SF, UCLA

Tyler Ennis is probably the most pro-ready of the remaining prospects (but they've already drafted a PG), Zach LaVine probably has the most upside (but hasn't produced yet), and James Young was the most hyped coming out of high school (but did little to impress at UK).  Kyle Anderson possesses a rare skillset the Magic choose not to pass up here.

Standing just a hair under 6'9", Anderson has elite passing skills, great court vision, and shot very well last year.  He was one of the most productive all-around players in college basketball, averaging 14.6 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 6.5 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.8 BPG while shooting 48% from the field, 48.3% from 3, and 74% from the free throw line.  So what's the problem?  He's slooooooooooooooooooo (deep breath) ooooooooow.  That's why they call him Slo-Mo.  He runs slow, his shot release is slow, everything's slow.  The thing is, this may be the perfect team for that.  With the (reputed) athleticism of Exum and the known athleticism of Oladipo, having a guy with this drastic of a change of pace should be valuable.  With Paul Millsap's underrated passing ability, you could potentially have 4 distributors on the court at one time.

Anderson shares many traits with Saric, who lacks some in athleticism but is polished in many other ways, as well as former Magician (that's what you call an individual Magic player, right?) Hedo Turkoglu.  So the Magic take a gamble on all that polish and hope Slo-Mo isn't too easy to stop.