Just after Australian point guard Dante Exum wraps up his workout with the Milwaukee Bucks, he will be heading to Orlando to work out for the Magic.
The Magic have long been connected to Exum and Exum has ties to the Magic as well. Exum, who is apparently “that good,” is reportedly close with the Magic’s first-round pick in 2013, the number two-overall selection, former Indiana Hoosiers’ guard Victor Oladipo.
Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel believes Tuesday’s workout is extremely important to the future of the Magic.
This is why I think the importance of most workouts is overstated by the media. Sure, on-court workouts in June show the growth — or lack of growth — in players’ games since the end of the college season. But the Magic (and other teams) already should have an extensive catalog of scouting reports on all the prospects.
The visits are important, however. Magic officials want to spend as much time interviewing prospects as possible. In addition to the interviews, Hennigan often takes top-level prospects to lunch to get to know them better.
Exum’s workout, however, will be one of the few opportunities for Magic executives and coaches to see his skills.
That’s why it’s important — more important than most workouts the team has held this month.
A team with the fourth overall pick must — simply must — take advantage of the opportunity. This is especially true of the Magic, who desperately need to infuse their franchise with high-level talent.
Exum measured in at 6’6 and 196 lbs. with a wingspan of 6’9.5 at the NBA’s Scouting Combine. Exum is ranked by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express as the fifth-best prospect in the draft and is currently projected to be selected with the sixth-overall pick in the draft by the Boston Celtics.