Michigan State Gabe Brown – Twin Cities

The Orlando Magic, owners of numbers 1, 32 and 35 in the NBA draft, will have multiple opportunities to add to their roster on June 23.

After the start of a renovation in March 2021, the Magic already have considerable young talent. Orlando has nine players who have been drafted into the first round since 2017 and signed contracts for the 2022-23 season.

Nevertheless, the Magic have clear needs after finishing 2021-22 with a 22-60 record.

As the roster currently stands, Orlando needs a 3-and-D wing/forward – with an emphasis on reliable 3-point shooting – that is a good size and length for their position. The Magic could also use a different big/center depending on what happens to Mo Bamba’s limited free agency.

After taking a step forward in their pre-draft evaluations at the mid-May NBA draft combination in Chicago, the Magic are organizing prospects for pre-draft training.

This story is part of a series about players that the Magic interviewed or worked out in Orlando:

Gabe Brown (Michigan State)

Height: 6-foot-8 | Weight: 215 pounds | Age: 22 | wingspan: 7 feet

2021-22 averages: 11.6 points (42.8% of field – 49% on 2s, 38.2% on 3s), 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists.

Link: Worked for the Magic on May 25

Note: Just because a player is training for a team doesn’t mean he’s a target to be drafted. Also, a team that doesn’t flesh out a prospect doesn’t mean they won’t draft them. Six pre-draft prospects are allowed on the field at a time and are not allowed on the field with NBA players. Some players requested feedback from NBA teams ahead of the June 1 deadline, college players had to decide whether to stay in the draft or withdraw, and retain remaining collegiate eligibility.

the buzzBrown, a former 4-star in the 2018 recruiting class of Belleville High School in Michigan, spent four seasons with the Spartans. Last year he was a full-time starter for the first time. Brown averaged his career in multiple categories, including minutes, points, rebounds, assists and steals (0.7). He is expected to make it into the second round or not be entered.

Scouting report: Versatile, left-handed wing that has the potential to fit the “3-and-D” mold. Reliable threat from outside the arc, knocking down 37.9% (154 of 406) of his 3-point attempts in college. Made 89.6% of his free throws at low volume. He will need to improve pull-ups and attacking close-outs to be a more multidimensional offensive threat. Doesn’t protect offensively to be a self-creator. Athletic and fast, especially on fastbreaks. Should be effective in the transition. Good lateral speed when guarding one-to-one and active in overtaking lanes. Turn his auxiliary rotations well as an off-ball defender.

fit: Brown would be the kind of player every team is looking for as he maximizes his skills on both sides of the floor. It’s not clear if he’ll be an elite with a particular skill and as an older prospect, his perceived ceiling might not be much higher which would make it difficult for the Magic to get him into the top-35. He could make sense for the organization’s G League team, the Lakeland Magic, or a two-way deal.

This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com† Email Khobi Price at khprice@orlandosentinel.com or follow him on Twitter @khobi_price

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