Mock Draft 2.0: Final mock before Thursday's 2021 NBA Draft
Making our way into the latter half of the lottery, the Orlando Magic are once again on the clock. With the eighth overall pick, the Magic select the Turkish Super League MVP, Alperen Sengun.
I have come to really like the possible combination of Barnes and Sengun for the Magic as I think they'll balance each other out very well. While Barnes is raw, athletic, and skilled on defense, Sengun is less athletic but highly skilled on offense. Having these two together in the frontcourt could prove to be incredibly dynamic on both ends of the floor.
Even outside of that, though, this pick makes quite a bit of sense for the Magic as I think they'll have the freedom to take some risks in this draft. Being that they've already had success with developing a big man in the past like Vucevic, Sengun could come in and immediately be a contributor for them. Compared to Vucevic, though, Sengun will be entering the league three years younger and much more skilled.
Initially, I was convinced that the Magic would do everything they could to trade up in the draft, but I think this potential combination would make them seriously think twice about that move.