2. Orlando Magic: Ben McLemore, Kansas (SG)
Age: 20 (Freshman)
Height/Weight: 6’5″/189 lbs.
The Dwight Howard-less Magic had a bit of a rough year in 2012-13, but the draft is where they hope to start rebuilding their squad in the post-Howard era.
Ben McLemore has been in his share of trouble, having been rendered academically ineligible for his freshman year after his high school was shut down. He then found himself in hot water after not appearing for a court date due to underage possession of alcohol.
He displays a lot of potential as a shooter, with ability to create looks off curls and knocking down spot-up chances. Additionally, his mechanics are solid, with a good motion and consistent foot-setting. Most of his shooting struggles come from off-dribble attempts. He isn’t a knock-down shooter, but the tools are there for him as he progresses through his career. Defensively, he shows more potential being blessed with high amounts of athleticism, quick feet and good length.
McLemore also appears relatively unselfish with good passing abilities, though it’s been said he can be a bit too passive. Either way, it’s a good pick for Orlando since they need a defensive stalwart, and he could be a game-changer if he evolves into an anywhere-on-the-floor shooter.
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