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NBA Draft:  Five Players the Orlando Magic Should Consider Trading Up to Draft
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Kenneth Faried

The Orlando Magic dealt away their first-round pick this year as part of the multi-player trade with the Phoenix Suns.  While the pick would have been in the latter third of the first round, it has handicapped the Magic a little moving forward. 

There's a good crop of power forwards that could add another dimension to the lineup than what Brandon Bass and Ryan Anderson bring.  Bass and Anderson are both good players, but there are players in the draft that excel in areas that Bass and Anderson do not.

This slideshow takes a realistic look at players that the Magic could trade up to obtain. 

With few valuable trade chips on the team, the best the Magic could probably do is move up into the middle of the first round, and even doing that would probably take dealing J.J. Redick, who Otis Smith already designated as the shooting guard of the future, by matching a lucrative contract last summer, thwarting the Chicago Bulls' plans to acquire the guard. 

Brandon Bass has some value as a trade chip, as well, but often he was the only player with anything going in weak stretches during the Magic's playoff run, making trading him a very unlikely proposition. 

The Magic, should they move up, will not be looking to draft a project player.  They already have Earl "Don't Call Me Keon" Clark to bring along, as well as possibly Daniel Orton, who may or may not ever pan out, whether his knee is injured or not.

That said, let's briefly examine some of the prospects the Magic could obtain if they moved up.

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