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Orlando Magic Pre-Draft Profile: Darren Seabron of NC State

The Orlando Magic, owners of the No. 1, 32 and 35 picks in the NBA Draft, will have several chances to add them to their roster on June 23.

After starting a rebuild in March 2021, Magic already have significant young talent. Orlando has nine players, who were drafted in the first round since 2017, having signed contracts for the 2022–23 season.

Nonetheless, the Magic have clear needs after finishing 2021-22 with a 22-60 record.

As the roster stands, Orlando needs 3-and-D wing/forward – with an emphasis on reliable 3-point shooting – that have good shape and length for their position. Depending on what happens with Mo Bamba’s restricted free agency, Magic could also use another big/center.

After taking a step forward in their pre-draft evaluations during the conjunction of the NBA draft in Chicago in mid-May, the Magic are offering a host of workout prospects before the draft.

This story is part of a series on players Magic interviewed with or worked for in Orlando:

Darren Seabron (NC State)

Height: 6-foot-6 | Weight: 182 pounds | Age: 22 | Wingspan: 6-foot-8 3/4

2021-22 Average: 17.3 points (49.1% off the field – 51.9% on 2s, 25.6% on 3s), 8.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.4 steals.

Relation: Worked for Magic on May 25

Note: Just because a player is working for a team doesn’t mean they are a target to be drafted. A team not working on a prospect also doesn’t mean they won’t draft them. Six pre-draft prospects are allowed on the court at once and are not allowed on the court with NBA players. After some players sought feedback from NBA teams before the June 1 deadline, college players had to decide whether they would remain in the draft or withdraw and retain any remaining collegiate eligibility.

buzzSeabron was one of the best players in college basketball. After redshirting 2019-20 and averaging 5.2 points and 3.5 assists in 2020-21, Seabron nearly tripled their scoring and assists production in 2021-22. He led the Wolfpack in points and helped to be named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s best player. Seabron was also named a second team All-ACC. He is expected to be drafted or go without a draft in the second round.

scouting reportHigh level athlete who thrives on infection. Fast and bouncy. Because of its bursts, long strides and length it is really good at taking down slopes and attacking the rim. Attacks the closeout well from the catch and creates opportunities for kick-outs. Good rebounder and passer. Easy Cutter. Draws fouls really well (average 6.3 free throw attempts) and eliminates through contact. Showed his ability to be a strong defender due to his length and agility.

Not a good shooter, which would limit his effectiveness as an off-ball threat. Slow shooting speed. The improved free-throw percentage (57.6% to 71.3%) gives hope that he can improve as a marksman as well. The handle can be tightened. Sometimes one tries to attack the space in the defense even when there is no opening, causing a turnover. Despite having the equipment to be a high level defender, he is not the busiest or disciplined defender.

Suitable: Seabron’s athleticism and ability to develop into a high-end wing defender who can easily reach the rim is tantalizing. He will not take away on-ball reps from Orlando’s youth ball handlers (Cole Anthony, Markel Fultz, RJ Hampton and Jalen Suggs). However, Magic will likely look for a player who is ahead as an outdoor shooter.

This article first appeared on orlandosentinel.com, email at cost khprice@orlandosentinel.com or follow him on twitter @khobi_price,


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