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Orlando Magic Pre-Draft Profile: Memphis Lester Quinones

Orlando Magic Pre-Draft Profile: Memphis Lester Quinones

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:

Lester Quinones (Memphis)

Height: 6 ft-5 | Weight: 205 pounds | Age: 21 | Wingspan: N/A

2021-22 Average: 10 points (44.9% off the field – 53.8% on 2s, 39% on 3s), 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals.

Relation: worked for magic on June 5th

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.

buzz: The Quinones, a former 4-star prospect and IMG Academy alum, shone during his first season with the Tigers under Memphis coach and former Magic star Penny Hardaway. He averaged 10.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists his freshman season on his way to being named to the American Athletic Conference All-Freshman Team. Quinones has been a full-time starter in each of his three seasons in Memphis.

scouting report: High level shooter, especially beyond arc. Made 39.4% of his 3s (99 out of 251) during his sophomore and junior seasons. His range extends a few feet beyond the three-point line. Quick release on your shot. Can attack a close one well and can also score from mid-range. Nice pull-up jumper from inside the arc, but wasn’t used much as a shot maker. Catch and shoot mostly. Good rebounder for your position. The defender is good, but he needs to work on his agility. Didn’t increase his output in his three seasons in college.

Suitable: The Quinones’ shooting ability will help a Magic team that has finished in the bottom-five of the league in 3-point percentages over the past two seasons. He is not anticipated to be drafted, but he could make sense as an alternative to Orlando’s G League affiliate, the Lakeland Magic, or a two-way deal.

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


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