Orlando Shocked Fans with Unlikely Draft Picks
The Orlando Magic shocked many by selecting Aaron Gordon as the No. 4 pick of the 2014 NBA Draft. Many thought the Magic would select Australian star Dante Exum if he was available at No.4 but this was not the case. Exum was available but the Orlando Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan decided to go with Gordon, a 6-foot-9 forward from Arizona.
Gordon is a defensive player and has hopes of becoming the NBA Defensive Player of the Year at some point during his NBA career. During his freshman year at Arizona, he started all 38 games and averaged 12.4 points per game, eight rebounds per game, two assist per game and 1.03 blocks per game. Gordon is eager to play in Orlando and wants to get a playbook in his hands as soon as possible.
During a conference call interview, I asked Gordon if he had a message for Magic fans and he said, “My one message is that I have a motor and my motor will continue to run. I am going to stick with the things that got me to this position and continue to sharpen my tools to be an excellent player. One thing that they will have from me everyday is that I am going to give it my all every single day.”
The Magic not only held the fourth pick but also the 12th pick of the NBA Draft. With the 12th pick, Hennigan drafted Croatian forward Dario Saric but immediately traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers for Elfrid Payton, a young point guard from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The Magic sent Saric along with a 2015 second-round pick and a future first round pick (this pick was acquired by Orlando through the Dwight Howard trade from Philadelphia.)
Payton is a 6-foot-3 point guard that is known for his defense, which will add to Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon’s defensive mindset. Payton holds the all-time leader record in steals with 197 at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Payton and Gordon played together at the 2013 FIBA Tournament last summer and the new teammates are excited to play on the same team.
Gordon was shocked when he was informed that the Orlando Magic acquired Elfrid Payton via a trade from the Philadelphia 76ers. “Oh my goodness, that is absolutely incredible. He’s my kind of player. he can handle the ball, a good decision maker, a good point guard, very unselfish, plays both ends, plays with a lot of heart and he’s a good character guy.”
Later on when Payton was asked about Gordon he said, “He has a great motor and is extremely athletic.”
The Magic also selected Roy Devyn Marble with the 56th pick of the NBA Draft. The Magic acquired the second round pick when they traded Arron Afflalo to the Denver Nuggets for Evan Fournier and the 56th pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.
Marble is a 6-foot-6 guard that played four years at the University of Iowa. During his senior campaign, Marble started in 33 games, averaged 17.0 points per game. 3.6 assist per game, 3.2 rebounds per game, and 1.82 steals per game. Marble is following in his father’s footsteps. His father also played at the University of Iowa and was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1989 NBA Draft.
All three draft picks will arrive in Orlando Friday morning and introduced to the city on Friday afternoon.
Hennigan explains draft picks, Arron Afflalo trade: