Countdown to Draft Day with Tasty Spoon: #6

Brass Tax Time.

The train don’t stop for anything folks, and that’s lucky for you because that means it’s time for another fresh edition of Countdown to Draft Day with yours truly, Tasty Spoon! Orlando Magic fans, draft aficionados, impatient NBA fans, lend me your eyes, for another pick is being revealed today, so #staywoke.

With the 6th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic Select…

No. Player Pos Ht Wt Birth Date Exp College
20 Jodie Meeks SG 6-4 210 August 21, 1987 us 7 University of Kentucky
31 Terrence Ross SF 6-7 206 February 5, 1991 us 4 University of Washington
00 Aaron Gordon SF 6-9 220 September 16, 1995 us 2 University of Arizona
4 Elfrid Payton PG 6-4 185 February 22, 1994 us 2 University of Louisiana at Lafayette
8 Mario Hezonja SF 6-8 215 February 25, 1995 hr 1
32 C.J. Watson PG 6-2 175 April 17, 1984 us 9 University of Tennessee
9 Nikola Vucevic C 7-0 260 October 24, 1990 ch 5 University of Southern California
11 Bismack Biyombo C 6-9 255 August 28, 1992 cd 5
34 Jeff Green PF 6-9 235 August 28, 1986 us 8 Georgetown University
14 D.J. Augustin PG 6-0 183 November 10, 1987 us 8 University of Texas at Austin
10 Evan Fournier SG 6-7 205 October 29, 1992 fr 4
33 Stephen Zimmerman C 7-0 240 September 9, 1996 us R University of Nevada, Las Vegas
3 Damjan Rudez SF 6-10 228 June 17, 1986 hr 2
29 Patricio Garino SG 6-6 210 May 17, 1993 ar R George Washington University
13 Marcus Georges-Hunt SG 6-5 216 March 28, 1994 us R Georgia Institute of Technology
What is one of the types of players that every NBA team is in the market for? Athletic wings who can defend multiple positions, has a high motor, and the physical tools to compete. Orlando is no different than any of the other teams in the NBA.
Aaron Gordon spent his first two seasons at PF for the Orlando Magic before moving back to SF this past year. After the mid season trade of Serge Ibaka for Terrence Ross, Gordon slid back to the four. Ross then became the Magic’s starting SF, and he did a serviceable job and saw some improvements. However, I still think the Magic are in the market for a wing like most other teams in the league. You can never have enough wings or athleticism, which is a perfect segue into…

Jonathan Isaac.

Out of FSU, Isaac stands at 6’11”, 205 pounds with a 7′ wingspan, Isaac has a lot of physical potential. 20 more pounds and he is unquestionably NBA ready, something that I believe will happen given time. With the quickness of a wing but the height of a 4 or even a 5, Isaac’s quick feet give him an advantage on D. With splits of 12/7.8/1.2/1.5/1.2, Isaac’s length and speed allow him to keep up with pretty much anyone, especially on defense, which should help him get minutes immediately in the NBA.
Isaac is best in transition, an area in which the Magic needed a little bit more this season. Ranking 12th in pace at 96.8 possessions per 48 minutes, Isaac will most likely get them a few more possessions per game judging by his steal and block numbers, but he will also make those possessions quicker by getting ahead of defenses. He was great at playing help defense and then recovering on D in college due to his speed and agility. He had 1.9 Defensive win shares while playing at the wing in the ACC. To put that number in perspective the NCAA leader in DWS last season had 3.6, and Jordan Mickey, the NCAA leader in blocks in 2014-15 had 2.6 DWS 2 years ago. Isaac can defend the 1-5 and would be a good small ball five, a great one if, again, he hits the weight room and puts on lb’s. Always moving, this kid has a great motor and just flat out works. He is a good case of a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none, which could be very beneficial to a team like the Magic. They have a shooter in Evan Fournier, a high flyer in Gordon, a low post presence in Vucevic, a rim protector in Biyombo. They just need someone who can do a lil bit of everything to tie some of it together. Enter Isaac.

 

 

Of course, everyone has weaknesses, I don’t care what you say. And speaking of that, some of Isaac’s could raise some red flags. This first that comes to mind is his previously mentioned build in terms of weight. At just over 200 pounds, again, Isaac will need to put on weight if he expects to play some 4 or 5. I think this can be done, and if it is, watch out. A small ball lineup with Isaac at the 5 could be deadly. Which brings me to another point. Usually in a small lineup you want your 4 and even your 5 to stretch the floor with shooting ability. Isaac needs to figure out some consistency issues before he can assume that role. While his field goal percentage (50.8%) and true shooting percentage (61.4%) are where you would want them to be, Isaac is lacking in the long range game. At 34.8% from three, this isn’t terrible for a wing coming out of college, it’s fairly average. But you are picking Isaac with the hope that he develops his outside shot even further in the hopes he can be an effective space creator.

 

All college stats courtesy of sports-reference college basketball.

 

All NBA stats and rosters courtesy of basketball-reference.

 

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