The Orlando Magic, owners of picks No. 1, 32 and 35 in the NBA Draft, will have multiple chances to add to their roster on June 23.
After launching a rebuild in March 2021, the Magic already have a significant number of young talents. Orlando has nine players who have been drafted in the first round since 2017 and signed contracts for the 2022-23 season.
The Magic, which finished 2021-22 with a 22-60 record, have clear needs.
As the roster stands, Orlando needs a 3&D wing/forward – with an emphasis on reliable 3-point shooting – who is the right height and length for his position. The Magic could also use another big/center, depending on what happens with Mo Bamba’s restricted free agency.
After taking a step forward in their pre-draft evaluations during the NBA Draft in mid-May in Chicago, the Magic are welcoming prospects for pre-draft workouts.
This story is part of a series on players the Magic have interviewed or worked in Orlando:
Trevor Keels (Duke)
Vitals: Height: 6 feet 5 inches | Weight: 223 pounds | Age: 18 | Wingspan: 6 feet 7 1/4
Averages 2021-22: 11.5 points (41.9% from the field — 55.2% in 2s, 31.2% in 3s), 3.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals.
Link: NBA draft combines interviewed
To note: Teams are allowed to interview a maximum of 20 players at the combine and each player is allowed to interview a maximum of 13 teams, according to a league spokesperson. The league decides which team talks to the players. Just because a team didn’t interview a prospect during the combine doesn’t mean they aren’t interested or won’t choose the player.
The buzz: Keels, a McDonald’s All-American and 5-star from Paul VI Catholic High School in Chantilly, Va., in the 2021 recruiting class, opened his college career with an effective 25-point performance (10 of 18 shooting) showing in a season-opening win over Kentucky. He was a consistent starter until the NCAA Tournament, where the Blue Devils lost to UNC in the Final Four. Keels was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Rookie Team.
Screening report: A physical combo guard who is a solid shooter and pull driver. Smart and capable playmaker, especially when attacking the fences, and rebounder for his position. Can topple over attackers due to its size and strength. Has a decent jumper, but will need to improve its effectiveness over 3s. His free throw percentage (67%) needs improvement. He will also need to get quicker laterally to keep up with smaller guards.
Adapt: The Magic are loaded with young guards (Cole Anthony, Devin Cannady, Markelle Fultz, RJ Hampton and Jalen Suggs), so Keels would struggle to get playing time if he was in Orlando. He could be available at the end of the first round, where the Magic could trade, or at the start of the second round.
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