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June 21st, 2014
This edition of Face Off probably hits a little closer to home for the Orlando Magic. Had Marcus Smart declared for the 2013 draft, there’s a very good possibility he would have been selected 2nd by Orlando. It’s not every day a team gets a second chance to nab their guy, but with International Man of Mystery, Dante Exum, throwing his name in the hat, things get a bit more complicated. With an aging Jameer Nelson hitting the free agent market next summer, the Magic are looking for a backcourt mate for Victor Oladipo.
With the 2014 NBA draft less than a week away, and a shake up at the top with Joel Embiid's foot injury, here is our sixth look at the first round.
The 2014 draft has a great deal of second tier talent oozing with All-Star potential sitting right outside the top three. Two of the top power forwards, Julius Randle and Noah Vonleh, represent opposite ends of the oft asked question, production or potential?
Needs: Everything except point guard
Picks: 1, 33
A high profile wing with franchise changing potential doesn’t come around every day. It’s already been four years since Paul George was scooped up at a bargain price in 2010, and a rail thin kid, named Kevin Durant, dawned a Seattle Supersonics cap close to a decade ago.
By Rick Fois
Top International Prospects
We took the 3 1/2 hour trek away from Treviso through Slovenia to Drazen Petrovic Arena in Zagreb, Croatia (one of the true temples of basketball in Europe) to watch Dario Saric against Jusuf Nurkic after the first day of Eurocamp in the A-1 Liga final with Cibona against Cedevita. We've included these players in the report.
Dario Saric, 6'10, PF/SF (Croatia) 1994, Cibona Zagreb
Here we are again. The Heat versus The Spurs. The implacable consistency of San Antonio against the superstar chemistry of Miami. Two all-time great teams, with two potentially all-time great coaches -if Spoltra's initial success is maintained at even some smaller percentage- and two all-time great GMs, battling for their right to leave an indelible legacy upon the league.