2013 NBA Draft: Orlando Magic to Draft Victor Oladipo?

Mar 16, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Indiana Hoosiers guard Victor Oladipo (4) loses the ball between Wisconsin Badgers guard George Marshall (3) and forward Frank Kaminsky (right) in the first half during the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Orlando Magic have shopped their second pick in the 2013 NBA Draft to just about anybody with interest, but despite that, they’ve been unsuccessful in their trade attempts and it’s looking more and more likely they’ll keep their selection.

Early hints suggested that the Magic and Kansas guard Ben McLemore were a perfect match but as workouts went on and the draft has neared, McLemore has apparently fallen out of favor in Orlando as continued questions about his work ethic have haunted him and his draft stock.

The Magic would love to have the opportunity to draft Nerlens Noel out of Kentucky if for some reason the Cleveland Cavaliers pass on the big man, but that seems unlikely – at least as of this moment. Because of that, according to ESPN, the Orlando Magic are ‘eyeing’ Victor Oladipo with the second pick in tomorrow’s NBA Draft.

Per ESPN:

If the Cavs pass on Noel, the Magic are leaning strongly toward selecting him with the No. 2 pick. If Noel is off the board? Things get a little tougher. The Magic have explored a number of trade options, and if nothing can be worked out, it appears they are eyeing Oladipo over Ben McLemore. While McLemore is a stronger offensive player, Oladipo’s defense and crazy motor hold a strong appeal for the Magic. Cody Zeller is a dark horse at No. 2.

Topics: 2013 NBA Draft, NBA Draft 2013, Orlando Magic, Victor Oladipo

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