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#16 – Chuma Okeke – Orlando Magic

With the 16th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic have selected Chuma Okeke.

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With the 16th overall pick in the NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic have selected Chuma Okeke, the former Auburn standout.

So, now, it appears as if the Orlando Magic will spend the next season rehabbing their first-round pick with Okeke coming off a devastating ACL tear suffered during the Sweet Sixteen. There is no doubt Okeke would have been drafted higher had this injury not occurred — the man clearly has talent.

Okeke shot a career-best 38.9 percent from three-point range during his two-year run at Auburn and an even more impressive 48.1 percent from the field. Had he not gone down during Auburn’s borderline-Cinderella run in the tournament, the college could have very well hoisted the final trophy. Ultimately, Okeke is an ideal stretch four in today’s NBA, as he stands 6-foot-8 and owns a monster 7-foot wingspan.

Pairing Okeke on the court with the young, defensive studs like Jonathan Isaac and Mohamed Bamaba will absolutely cause havoc to any opposing frontcourts. It will be a long year for Okeke as he prepares to come back from injury, but Orlando is in a position to be patient. High-level rehabilitation combined with the blessings of modern medicine should get him back on the court in no-time.

Once that happens, watch out.

Jordan Hicks is an NBA writer based out of Salt Lake City. He is a former college athlete and varsity sports official. Find him on Twitter @JordanHicksNBA.

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Looking For A Few Great Voices!

From time to time we have open chairs at Basketball Insiders for writers looking to gain experience, grow their brand and to be part of an aggressive up-tempo content team.

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From time to time we have open chairs at Basketball Insiders for writers looking to gain experience, grow their brand and to be part of an aggressive up-tempo content team.

We are considering adding new voices for the 2020-21 NBA Season, and what we are looking for is very specific.

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#17 – Aleksej Pokusevski – Oklahoma City Thunder

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With the 17th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder select Aleksej Pokusevski from Serbia. The Thunder completed a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves to acquire the pick.

Pokusevski is a long term project, but one that has has an intriguing skillset. A 7-footer with good speed and quickness, Pokusevski plays like a wing and can pass like a guard. But, to truly thrive at the next level, Pokusevski will need to put on some serious weight.

Again, he’s a project. But Pokusevski’s ceiling is sky-high. And, with a rebuild ahead of them, the Thunder have more than enough time to work with him and ensure he reaches it.

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2020 NBA Mock Draft – The Final 60-Pick Mock

What a long and winding road the 20201 NBA Draft has been. While this draft cycle has seen its ups and down, the moment of truth if finally upon us.

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What a long and winding road the 20201 NBA Draft has been. While this draft cycle has seen its ups and down, the moment of truth if finally upon us.

Here is a final look at the 2020 Draft, and how it may play out in this final 60-pick Mock Draft of the 20202 NBA Draft process:

 

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