Feb 4, 2014; Waco, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Andrew Wiggins (22) during the game against the Baylor Bears at the Ferrell Center. The Jayhawks defeated the Bears 69-52. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft Rumors: Orlando Magic would take Andrew Wiggins #1

Last season, the Orlando Magic finished with the league’s worst record and were rewarded with the #2 overall pick in the 2013 Draft via the lottery.

They selected Indiana Hoosiers’ guard Victor Oladipo, who, along with Philadelphia 76ers’ point guard Michael Carter-Williams, are the top candidates to win the Rookie of the Year Award.

Oladipo was a fine way to start to continue their post-Dwight Howard rebuild, but the Magic need to keep acquiring talent and will eventually need a superstar.

One way the Magic can find that star is through the draft.

This season, the Magic have a record of 19-48, third-worst in the NBA. They likely won’t catch the 76ers or the Milwaukee Bucks in losses, but don’t appear to be catching anyone else in victories, meaning they will likely wind up with the third-best odds to get the top pick.

If the Magic do indeed land the top pick, ESPN’s Chad Ford via Hoops Hype, believes they will select Kansas Jayhawks’ forward Andrew Wiggins.

The Magic likely would take Wiggins if they get the No. 1 pick. If not, they’d likely opt for someone who isn’t even playing in the NCAA tournament: Australia’s Dante Exum.

During the season, Wiggins averaged 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

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  • EmanMasterOfTheUniverse

    Magic seem to show the most interest in guys who exceed expectations these days. Oladipo for instance. Wiggins kind of underperformed based on his perceived talent. I think they’d take his bigger teammate if health isn’t a concern.

  • northernguy65

    Did you see Wiggins play? Underperformed? Based on what? He left high school a year early, is the top scoring freshmanm in the history of KU basketball, is an elite defender, has elite athleticism, is highly coachable, … The Lebron expectations were not his doing. To top it off, KU does not put the ball in his hands enough, and did not have the shooters to stretch the defense of opposing teams. Every team clogged the middle up, and Stanford basically played zone and one with help on Andrew in the loss. In the pro game, you have players that force the floor to open up, and with patience and great coaching, he will develop the handles and shooting for the 3 or 2 spot. He may or may not develop the personality to be the alpha dog on a team, but why would you care? If you have a point guard with that mentality, as he should have, then Wiggins will excel. DeMar DeRozan is an all-star, and he had to develop his skills after being drafted. You don’t have to be the most skilled player on a team to be the leader.