Tuck: Orlando Magic Draft Grades

Orlando Magic GM Rob Hennigan said he drafted the best players available in his first draft.  The Magic fielded a ton of calls, and reviewed a ton of offers, but at the end of the night the Magic drafted two players with the picks the began the night with.


Andrew Nicholson (6’9.5″, 234, 12/8/89) St. Bonaventure PF

A 4-year player in the A-10, who improved steadily and helped lead the Bonnies to a surprise conference tournament title and a bid into the NCAA tournament.  He has a nice shooting touch, and good range on his shot.  He is thin, and admitted to me last night he needs to get stronger.  He has good defensive instincts and reacts to the play.  He averaged 2 shot blocks per game his senior year.  Offensively he’ll spread the floor, catch-and-shoot, and does have some level of a one-on-one game.  He is an average rebounder and could improve with added strength because a tremendous 7’4″ wingspan and HUGE hands, possibly the biggest in the draft.

Here is a list of current players he compares to physically and stylistically from most upside to least.

LaMarcus Aldridge, David West, Drew Gooden, Nick Collison, Jared Jeffries, Justin Harper


Kyle O’Quinn (6’10”, 241, 3/26/90) Norfolk State PF/C

A 4-year player in the MEAC grabbed headlines dominating the #2 seeded Missouri Tigers with a double-double in the NCAA tournament in what was one of the biggest upsets in history.  He also became a media darling after doing this.

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O’Quinn averaged a double-double his last two seasons in college.  He plays bigger than his listed size and seems to understand angles and leverage.  He has a decent back-to-the-basket game, at least on the lower college level.  He plays hard and seems to be an ideal candidate for backup center minutes.  He was a favorite of mine for that role.

Here is a list of current players he compares to physically and stylistically from most upside to least.

Emeka Okafor, Ronny Turiaf, Gustavo Ayon, Vernon Macklin


I was impressed talking to both players.  Both come across has intelligent, thoughtful, friendly, and personable.  I liked both players coming into the draft, and while I think more upside was potentially available to the Magic, I believe they may have landed two guys that could become rotational players for them within a couple of years.