BTBP Mock NBA Draft: Editor’s Edition

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Apr 6, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Justise Winslow (12) holds up a piece of the net after the game against the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2015 NCAA Men

38. . SF. Duke. Justise Winslow. 5. player

What The Experts Say:

"If Winslow utilizes his athleticism on defense and the glass as he did in the second half of the season, he’s likely to be a capable starter even if he doesn’t develop offensively, with the potential to become a star if he can grow on offense like the somewhat similar Kawhi Leonard. – Kevin Pelton, ESPN"

What The Player Says:

"I’m nowhere near my potential: my ceiling. Every day I’m trying to work harder, work smarter, you know mentally and physically. Getting my body recovered, doing the right things, so I can stay fresh, so I can last the 82 game season and possibly more if we make the Playoffs. – Justise Winslow"

What BTBP Says:

There’s been a lot of talk about the Magic drafting a four, but if Winslow is on the board I don’t understand how they could go another way. With Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic already in place, Orlando are just a small forward away from a lineup that they can build a future around.

When you factor in Winslow’s improved shooting and rangy defense, along with the fact he played alongside Payton and Gordon on the USA’s under 19’s team, the 19-year-old seems like the perfect fit to round out the Magic’s perimeter rotation.

Austin Peters of Upside and Motor highlighted how he’d fit in:

"The Magic need floor spacing and love loading the perimeter with long defenders. Winslow shot 41.4 percent from three in his only season at Duke, doing a great job of making the most of the opportunities as Duke’s third or fourth option."

Matt Graber of Orlando Pinstriped Post also pointed to why he feels Winslow is the obvious choice for Orlando at 5:

"At this point, they should take the best player available, and once Towns is off the board, Winslow may be that guy. His defensive skill, versatility and motor give him a higher floor than a lot of other prospects, and if his shooting keeps improving, the sky’s the limit."

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