After last night's NBA Lottery, the order for the 2012 NBA Draft is solidified, with the New Orleans Hornets set to make the number-one pick. The Orlando Magic currently have two picks in this years draft: the 19th pick in both the first and second rounds.
While the Magic's roster could see much upheaval this offseason -- especially since they do not currently have a head coach or a general manager -- Draft Express released its first post-lottery mock draft this morning. They're projecting the Magic to take 19-year-old St. John's small forward Moe Harkless with their first-round pick and 21-year-old Iona point guard Scott Machado with their second-round pick.
From a January Draft Express profile on Harkless:
If he does elect to turn pro, he'll need to get very lucky to fall to the right organization and hope they are in turn patient enough to develop him for a few years until he's ready to contribute, but there's plenty to work with.
While by no means a finished product, Harkless obviously has a great deal of upside, and could be viewed by some as a Trevor Ariza-type prospect in the late first or early second round.
Back in December, Draft Express said this about Machado:
Point guards with Machado's court vision and passing instincts are always coveted by NBA teams, and there should be plenty lining up to eventually get a closer look at him in the pre-draft process-for example the PIT--where they'll get a better chance to see how he stacks up against some of the other top prospects at the point guard position.
The 2012 NBA Draft is on Thursday, June 28.