Cole Anthony to Magic: No. 15 Pick's Projected Contract with Orlando

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2020

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, North Carolina guard Cole Anthony (2) dribbles against Syracuse during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Anthony is considered a first-round prospect and one of the top point guards in the NBA draft on Nov. 18. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown, File)
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Cole Anthony is heading to Orlando. 

The Magic selected him with the No. 15 overall pick during the first round of Wednesday's NBA draft, adding a young guard for their future alongside Markelle Fultz.

But what does a contract look like for the No. 15 overall pick? 

Per RealGM, Anthony's contract will be $2.7 million in his first season due to the rookie scale. His second season will then come in at $2.8 million, his third-year team option will be $3 million and his fourth-year team option will be a 53.3 percent increase from his third-year number, or a little over $4.5 million. 

It should be noted that the Magic and Anthony could agree to a deal that could be up to 120 percent of those figures, or could go down to 80 percent of the numbers listed. But he'll settle somewhere in the ballpark of the figures above.

Anthony averaged 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in his one season at North Carolina, shooting 38 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from three in 22 games. He's a good athlete who will be able to create his own shot in the NBA and should develop into a solid scoring lead guard. 

He'll need to improve upon his playmaking and finishing at the rim and cut down on his turnovers, but there's little doubt he has starter's upside if he puts it all together. He also won't be intimidated by the NBA stage, as his father is former NBA player Greg Anthony. 

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It's an exciting pick for the Magic, who will be hoping Anthony ends up becoming one of the steals of this draft.