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Grizzly Bear Blues Community NBA Mock Draft: Pick #23- Orlando Magic

The Magic hope to hit a home run with pick #23...

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Check out the previous picks and trades in the 2016 Grizzly Bear Blues Community NBA Mock Draft here.

With the 23rd pick in the 2016 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic select...

Thon Maker, Forward, High School Senior

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Talk about a pick for potential! Orlando's Mock GM Daron Koch explains his rationale for the likely-to-be-perceived reach here:

With the 16th pick, the mock Orlando Magic went with a "need" pick in Deyonta Davis, so for the 23rd pick, they decide to swing for the fences and select Thon Maker.

While many may feel this is a reach at 23, this is the kind of pick that, if he lives up to his potential, could mean the difference between future playoff runs & future lottery selections. Yes, there were safer picks on the board, but what kind of mock GM would I be by playing it safe?

Thon has some nice physical tools. He is 7'1" with a 9'3" standing reach. While not a gazelle, he does have decent speed to get up & down the court. He can shoot reasonably well from outside, which is a must in today's era. His motor is very high and will provide energy off the bench early in his career. Given his youth, he definitely has huge upside (channeling my inner Mel Kiper there) and while he is by no means a guaranteed success, at #23, he is worth a shot.

Thon also has a huge competitive side, willing to expend all of his energy in order to succeed. This, I believe, puts him a step ahead of other potential boom or bust picks.

Daron goes out on a limb at #23 overall. The Philadelphia 76ers are on the clock.

Date Pick/Team Selection Mock GM
June 2nd 1/Philadelphia Brandon Ingram, Forward, Duke University Joe Mullinax
June 2nd 2/LA Lakers Ben Simmons, Forward, LSU Corban Ford
June 3rd 3/Boston Marquese Chriss, Power Forward, Washington Chip Williams
June 3rd 4/Phoenix Dragan Bender, Power Forward, Maccabi Tel Aviv Kyle Whittington
June 6th 5/Minnesota Buddy Hield, Guard, Oklahoma Aimee S
June 6th 6/Denver Jamal Murray, Guard, Kentucky Mopizzle11
June 7th 7/Denver Domantas Sabonis, Forward/Center, Gonzaga Mopizzle11
June 7th 8/Sacramento Kris Dunn, Guard, Providence Brandon C
June 8th 9/Toronto Henry Ellenson, Forward, Marquette Tabitha
June 8th 10/Milwaukee Timothe Luwawu, Guard/Forward, Mega Leks Kevin Yeung
June 9th 11/Boston Jaylen Brown, Guard/Forward, California Chip Williams
June 9th 12/Utah Jakob Poeltl, Center, Utah BealeStreetKen
June 10th 13/Phoenix Skal Labissiere, Forward/Center, Kentucky Kyle Whittington
June 10th 14/Memphis Denzel Valentine, Guard/Forward, Michigan State Joe Mullinax
June 13th 15/New Orleans Taurean Prince, Forward, Baylor Wes George
June 13th 16/Orlando Deyonta Davis, Forward/Center, Michigan State Daron Koch
June 14th 17/Chicago Wade Baldwin IV, Guard, Vanderbilt Brandon C
June 14th 18/Detroit Dejounte Murray, Guard, Washington Joe Mullinax
June 15th 19/New Orleans Furkan Korkmaz, Guard/Forward, Turkey Wes George
June 15th 20/Indiana DeAndre Bembry, Guard/Forward, St. Joseph's Aimee S
June 16th 21/Atlanta Brice Johnson, Forward, North Carolina Joe Mullinax
June 16th 22/Charlotte Ivica Zubac, Center, Bosnia and Herzegovina Justin Sims
June 17th 23/Orlando Thon Maker, Forward, High School Senior Daron Koch
June 17th 24/Philadelphia Jama17
June 20th 25/LA Clippers Kevin Lipe
June 20th 26/Philadelphia Joe Mullinax
June 21st 27/Toronto Tabitha
June 21st 28/Phoenix Kyle Whittington
June 22nd 29/San Antonio Jill Kong
June 22nd 30/Golden State rhinoh23

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