Orlando Magic 2014 Draft Report Card


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(SportsNetwork.com) - The Orlando Magic made the draft's first big splash on Thursday, then made more waves once proceedings actually began.

After trading Arron Afflalo to the Denver Nuggets for Evan Fournier and a second-round pick, the Magic took Arizona's freak athlete, Aaron Gordon, fourth and walked away with point guard Elfrid Payton 10th.

Technically, the Magic traded Dario Saric, a future first-rounder and a future second-rounder for Payton. It's a pretty decent haul for the Philadelphia 76ers, who originally took Payton at 10.

Gordon is the best athlete in the draft and one of the best in recent memory. He's an impact defensive player already and watching get out and run the break will make you weak. Gordon needs a lot of work on his jump shot and overall offensive polish, but watching him create havoc with last year's first-round pick, Victor Oladipo, should be something.

The Magic took Gordon over Dante Exum and it made some sense considering there were not many great big men later in the draft, but there were some point guards out there.

It was big offer by Orlando to get Payton, who is tall and, like Oladipo and Gordon, a potential defensive force. But, with the good comes the bad and the bad is Payton's jump-shooting.

The Magic are forming a heck of a track team and if both these players improve on offense, Thursday could be considered a benchmark day for the franchise.

Grade: B+

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