It's been tough watching the NBA Playoffs over the course of the past several weeks. Sure, the quality of basketball has been outstanding, but it just isn't the same level of excitement without Orlando being involved in the thick of things. Luckily, the first NBA Draft-related event is set to kick off in Chicago at the Draft Combine, where Magic brass will be evaluating this year's top prospects with the help of physical tests, one-on-one meetings, and other various activities. We'll be providing updates all week long in the area below, so make sure to check back frequently for the latest Magic news out of the Windy City.
Sunday, 2:12 P.M.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has reported that top prospects Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker won't attend any events at the Combine. While they are both represented by the same agency, there are different reasons why each one is sitting out-- Embiid is still recovering from a back surgery that would complicate his workouts and physicals, and Parker's conditioning or an unknown reason is probably why he's skipping the event. The only reason why I could see the Magic being disappointed by this news is that they would have liked the opportunity to sit down and interview Embiid and Parker, but they will most likely bring them to Orlando for individual assessments in early June.
Sunday, 8:43 P.M.
Woj has reported that Andrew Wiggins informed the NBA that he now will not attend the Combine. This means that the top three players on most pundits' big boards will not be in Chicago this week. However, there will still be several marquee names to monitor for interviews and measurements, so don't be too disappointed. Keep in mind that Orlando also has an extra lottery pick this year from the Dwight Howard trade, which means that there's still a lot of work to be done at the event without the three big names.
Thursday, 10:54 A.M.
Smart was allegedly the first player on Orlando's big board last season, so it's no surprise that they already have their eyes on him this year.
Thursday, 11:32 A.M.
Elfrid* is a mid-major point guard who should go in the latter part of the first round. To find out more about his game, here's his DraftExpress write-up.
Thursday, 12:54 P.M.
Thursday, 2:29 P.M.
This is a tad depressing. I really like Stauskas, and he'll definitely be in the equation for the WoNK selection, so I'm sure that Orlando isn't happy with the fact that they won't be able to talk to him this week.
Thursday, 2:34 P.M.
Indiana big man Noah Vonleh said he has an interview scheduled tonight with the Orlando Magic.— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) May 15, 2014
Vonleh is a forward who should go anywhere in the 5-10 range on draft night, and he would be a nice fit on an Orlando roster that lacks interior defense. Keep an eye on the freshman out of Indiana.
Thursday, 2:37 P.M.
Kentucky PF Julius Randle said he was interviewed by the Orlando Magic last night.— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) May 15, 2014
The Kentucky product will most likely go in the top five on draft night, so it's no surprise that Orlando wanted to talk to him. He's a candidate who would be worthy of a Magic selection if the team finds itself outside of the top four after the lottery next week.
Friday, 8:40 A.M.
Brendan F. Quinn reported that Michigan product Glenn Robinson III has met with the Magic contingent at the combine. The uber-athletic forward isn't in the lottery range, so it's interesting that Orlando decided to use him as one of their interviews. A hat tip to our friend Philip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic Daily for tweeting this information out.
Friday, 2:29 P.M.
Another interesting interview for the Magic. McAdoo was thought to be one of the premier big men prospects in the country when he arrived at North Carolina, but his stock has slid considerably since then. The talent is certainly there, but for some reason he hasn't panned out like many thought he would.
Friday, 2:35 P.M.
Arizona PF Aaron Gordon has been interviewed by the Orlando Magic at the combine.— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) May 16, 2014
Gordon is one of the most intriguing players in this draft class-- his elite athleticism and defensive acumen should attract most teams in the top ten. It would be a dream scenario for the Arizona product to fall to the WoNK pick, but he'd be a player to look at if Orlando ends up landing or trading into the 6-10 range.
Friday, 5:30 P.M.
UCLA SG Jordan Adams said he was interviewed by the Orlando Magic.— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) May 16, 2014
I don't know a whole lot about Adams besides the fact that he's a young shooting guard who isn't the most athletic player in the world, so I'll direct you to his DraftExpress page.
This post will be updated as Magic-related news is reported.
By: Jake Smith