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:
Gabe Brown (Michigan State)
Height: 6 ft-8 | Weight: 215 pounds | Age: 22 | Wingspan: 7 feet
2021-22 Average: 11.6 points (42.8% from the field – 49% on 2s, 38.2% on 3s), 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists.
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.
buzz: Brown, a former 4-star in the 2018 recruiting class from Belleville High School in Michigan, spent four seasons with the Spartans. Last year was his first year as a full-time starter. Brown achieved career average heights in several categories including minutes, points, rebounds, assists and steals (0.7). He is expected to be carried to the second round or go without a draft.
scouting report: Versatile, left-handed wing that has the ability to fit into a “3-and-D” mold. The credible spot-up threat from outside the arc, downing 37.9% (406 out of 154) of his 3-point attempts in college. Made 89.6% of his free throws on low volume. He will need to improve in attacking pull-ups and close ranges to become a more multidimensional offensive threat. Doesn’t aggressively defend being the creator himself. Athletic and fast, especially on the fastbrake. Must be effective in infection. Good lateral movement when guarding face to face and active in passing lanes. Times his help revolves around being an off-ball defender as well.
Suitable: Brown will be the kind of player every team looks for if he maximizes his skills on both ends of the floor. It’s unclear whether he would be presumed to be elite in a certain skill and as a chronicler, his perceived range may not be very high, which would make it difficult for magic to take him into the top-35. He might make sense for the organization’s G League team, the Lakeland Magic, or a two-way deal.
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