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.
Magic already has significant young talent, having started rebuilding in March 2021. Orlando has nine players who were signed to contracts for the 2022–23 season in the first round from 2017.
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:
Jordan Hall (St Joseph’s)
Height: 6 ft-8 | Weight: 210 pounds | Age: 20 | Wingspan: 6-foot-9
2021-22 average: 14.1 points (39.3% off the field – 42% on 2s, 36.2% on 3s), 6.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.2 steals.
Relation: worked for magic on 31st May
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. With some players seeking feedback from NBA teams before the Wednesday deadline, college players will have to decide whether they will remain in the draft or withdraw and retain any remaining collegiate eligibility.
buzz: Hall was named to the Atlantic 10 Conference All-Rookie Team after averaging 10.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 5.7 assists in his first season with the Hawks. He was ranked 11th in assists per game among Division 1 players. Hall attended the G League Elite Camp in mid-May.
scouting report: Point forward whose size, handle and sight make it a dangerous distributor in many situations. Patient ballhandler who processes floors and passing lanes quickly. A ball handler helps defenders as well. The 3s is good at catching and shooting, and his range extends a few feet from the arc, allowing him to play with the ball. Solid even on pull-up 3s. Mismatch in the post can make for hunting and finesse in the mid-range.
Struggles to reach the rim due to its lack of bursts, even against larger ones. Defensively, his effort is present but he struggles with face-to-face defense due to his lack of technique and quickness. Turnover prone (3.5 turnovers per game), some of which can be attributed to being the main ball handler in college.
SuitableHall’s draft is not estimated to be ready. Although he has a wing that can shoot, he primarily works as a ball handler and will have a hard time getting used to consistently with Cole Anthony, Markel Fultz, RJ Hampton, Jalen Suggs and Franz Wagner on the roster . His skill at that size could make him an interesting substitute for Orlando’s G League affiliate, the Lakeland Magic.