The Orlando Magic, house owners of the Nos. 1, 32 and 35 choices within the NBA draft, may have a couple of probabilities so as to add to their roster on June 23.
After kicking off a rebuild in March 2021, the Magic have already got important younger ability. Orlando has 9 avid gamers who have been drafted within the first spherical since 2017 signed to contracts for the 2022-23 season.
Nonetheless, the Magic have transparent wishes after completing 2021-22 with a 22-60 report.
As the roster stands, Orlando wishes a 3-and-D wing/ahead — with an emphasis on dependable 3-point taking pictures — who has just right dimension and duration for his or her place. The Magic additionally may use every other large/heart, relying on what occurs with Mo Bamba’s limited loose company.
After taking a step ahead of their pre-draft opinions all through the mid-May NBA draft mix in Chicago, the Magic are webhosting possibilities for exercises forward of the draft.
This tale is a part of a sequence on avid gamers the Magic both interviewed or labored out in Orlando:
Keon Ellis (Alabama);
Height: 6-foot-5 | Weight: 167 kilos | Age: 22 | Wingspan: 6-foot-8 1/2
2021-22 averages: 12.1 issues (43.9% from the sphere — 57.9% on 2s, 36.6% on 3s), 6.1 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.8 assists.
Connection: Worked out for the Magic on June 14
Note: Just as a result of a participant is figuring out for a crew doesn’t imply they’re a goal to be drafted. A crew now not figuring out a prospect additionally doesn’t imply they received’t draft them. Six pre-draft possibilities are allowed at the court docket at a time and aren’t allowed at the court docket with NBA avid gamers. Some avid gamers sought comments from NBA groups forward of the June 1 cut-off date school avid gamers needed to come to a decision whether or not they’ll keep within the draft or withdraw and stay any ultimate collegiate eligibility.
The buzz: Ellis, a former 3-star, had a a hit preps basketball profession in Central Florida. He performed for Eustis earlier than moving to Leesburg for his junior season, successful back-to-back Class 6A state titles in 2017 and ‘18. Ellis performed at Florida SouthWestern, a junior school program, for 2 seasons earlier than becoming a member of Alabama in 2020. He was once named to the Southeastern Conference All-Defensive crew this previous season.
Scouting record: Tenacious on-ball defender on account of his dimension, duration, lateral quickness and fast fingers. Good finisher on the rim. Can end thru touch or over defenders. An efficient spot-up shooter from past the arc. Also a taking pictures danger coming off monitors. Moves neatly off the ball and is a great offensive rebounder. Needs to give a boost to as a playmaker and self author offensively, however his age leaves doubt he’ll make important leaps in both house. Will want to paintings on his handles. Getting more potent would lend a hand him when tasked with guarding larger wings.
Fit: The Magic are loaded with younger guards (Cole Anthony, Devin Cannady, Markelle Fultz, R.J. Hampton and Jalen Suggs), so Ellis would have a difficult time getting enjoying time if he was once in Orlando. He’s anticipated to be taken overdue in the second one spherical or move undrafted.