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                    === Orlando Magic 2014 Draft Preview ===
 
 Draft picks: 1st round (4th, 12th overall)
 
 By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor
 
 (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  Orlando  Magic are  in a  great  position to  make
 significant improvement thanks to two lottery picks in this year's draft.
 
 The Magic have decent young talent, but no superstars. That should change with
 the fourth pick.
 
 Orlando needs help at point guard. Jameer Nelson is aging and has lost some of
 his  effectiveness. That opens the door for the Magic to take Australian combo
 guard Dante Exum.
 
 He  has  the star  potential  Orlando  desperately  needs  and would  make  an
 interesting backcourt with last year's No. 2 overall pick, Victor Oladipo. The
 two are both versatile and could be tough to defend since either can play both
 positions.
 
 At  No. 12, the  Magic could get tricky and take Croatia's Dario Saric. He may
 not be coming over to play in the U.S. this upcoming season, but his skill set
 is off the charts.
 
 If  Orlando  wants more immediate  impact, it could  probably do well to draft
 some  bulk. Nikola  Vucevic, when healthy, is a double-double machine, but the
 power forward spot was manned mostly by slightly taller small forwards.
 
 Problem  is, unless  Kentucky's Julius  Randle slides  more dramatically  than
 expected because of a foot issue, there isn't a suitable talent for this draft
 slot.  Adreian Payne might  make sense, but he's a stretch four, which is what
 the  Magic  have basically been using.  Payne is bigger than Tobias Harris, or
 Moe Harkless, so he would be an upgrade.
 
 Every  team can use shooting, so Michigan's Nick Stauskas, Duke's Rodney Hood,
 or Kentucky's James Young are always options.
 
 
 Players  Under Contract: G Jameer Nelson; G Arron Afflalo; G Victor Oladipo; F
 Jason  Maxiell;  F Moe Harkless;  C Nikola Vucevic;  F Tobias Harris; F Andrew
 Nicholson; G Ronnie Price; G Doron Lamb; C Kyle O'Quinn
 
 Free Agents: G E'Twaun Moore
 
 Recent Draft History:
 2013: Victor Oladipo (2), Romero Osby (51)
 
 2012: Andrew Nicholson (19), Kyle O'Quinn (49)
 
 2011: DeAndre Liggins (53)
 
 2010: Daniel Orton (29), Stanley Robinson (59)
 
 2009: No picks
 
 2008: Courtney Lee (22)
 
 06/18 16:46:53 ET