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NBA Mock Draft: Orlando Magic Select Mo Bamba from University of Texas

SB Nation’s NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making their team’s pick. With the sixth pick, the Magic select Mo Bamba.

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NBA Mock Draft Pick #6 — Mohamed Bamba, Forward, University of Texas

SBNation’s Orlando Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post explains the pick:

With a lot of needs, taking Mohamed Bamba makes a lot of sense for the Magic. Yes, they have a glaring hole at point guard, and Trae Young was available, but Young’s shortcomings defensively are an issue. Bamba, who holds a massive 7-foot-9 wingspan, has the potential to be a prototypical rim protector. Add in his mobility, and the Texas product could be a real terror on the defensive end for years to come. He has some work to do offensively, but he can space the floor some, and could be an extremely strong roll man in the pick-and-roll. He might not be the “splashy” and “exciting” move many fans would want, but he’s the best option here. He also fits into the profile of what the front office combo of Jeff Weltman and John Hammond tend to like. Bamba also gives the Magic their center of the future and allows them to likely move on from Nikola Vucevic either before the season, or around the trading deadline.

  1. Suns DEANDRE AYTON
  2. Kings LUKA DONCIC
  3. Hawks JAREN JACKSON
  4. Grizzlies MARVIN BAGLEY III
  5. Mavs WENDELL CARTER JR.
  6. Magic MO BAMBA
  7. Bulls MICHAEL PORTER JR.
  8. Cavaliers TRAE YOUNG
  9. Knicks MIKAL BRIDGES
  10. Sixers ZHAIRE SMITH
  11. Mavs MILES BRIDGES
  12. Clippers SHAI GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER
  13. Magic ELIE OKOBO
  14. Nuggets KEVIN KNOX
  15. Wizards ROBERT WILLIAMS
  16. Suns COLLIN SEXTON
  17. Bucks LONNIE WALKER
  18. Spurs TROY BROWN
  19. Hawks DE’ANTHONY MELTON
  20. Wolves KEVIN HUERTER
  21. Jazz CHANDLER HUTCHISON
  22. Bulls JOSH OKOGIE
  23. Pacers KEITA BATES-DIOP
  24. Nets GRAYSON ALLEN
  25. Lakers AARON HOLIDAY
  26. Sixers JACOB EVANS
  27. Celtics JEROME ROBINSON
  28. Warriors KHYRI THOMAS
  29. Blazers DONTE DIVINCENZO
  30. Hawks MELVIN FRAZIER