2023 Mock Draft 2.0: Spurs roll the dice, Hornets win Wembanyama sweepstakes
The Orlando Magic are back at the podium for their second lottery pick after selecting Cam Whitmore 6th overall, and now that they’ve taken one last swing, I think they’ll opt to go a more predictable route to round out their roster. At 11th overall, that more predictable route comes via Kansas’ Gradey Dick, who many view as one of, if not the best movement shooter in his class.
Adding Dick to the roster will allow the Magic to explore the trade market for Gary Harris, who is quite easily the team’s best three-point shooter at this stage and will be on an expiring contract this coming season. Trading Harris and replacing him with Dick in rotations, in turn, should give the Magic more freedom to roll Jalen Suggs out in a variety of lineups without having to worry about floor spacing.
Dick has some interesting upside of his own despite not being a top-tier athlete, as his feel for the game as a connective playmaker and nose for rebounding often go a bit overlooked. Developing Dick’s defense will be a point of emphasis early in his career, but going to a team where he’s surrounded by good positional size and some defensive upside to spare—particularly after just selecting Cam Whitmore—should afford him more time to develop on that end of the floor.