Magic around the clock.
For the fourth time in franchise history, Orlando has the first pick, and the team may need all the time between now and June 23 to make a decision on their pick.
There is no single clear number. There are three high-profile prospects who could all make an argument for themselves.
The Post spoke to three talent evaluators and they all agreed that you can’t go wrong with top three forwards Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren and Paolo Panchero. One would think there would be no clear decision on draft day.
“It’s wide open. I really think you can spin it,” said one Scout. “It all depends on what you’re looking for. They all bring something different to the table.”
It sets out five interesting weeks of guesswork and discussion after the Tuesday Night NBA lottery scheme outlined the system.
The Post gives a prediction on how the top 14 will arrive:
1. Orlando Magic
Jabbari Smith, Auburn (females, 6-10, 220 pounds)
The Magic has had one season of wins in the past decade and can’t afford to gamble on Holmgren, as baffling can be. Smith is the safest option: he’s an elite big guy who offers rim protection and is very similar in versatility and two-way capability to the Cavaliers’ rookie Evan Mobley.
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga (female, 7-0, 195 pounds)
In his size and skill level, Holmgren is a unique talent. He shoots it from deep, he’s a defensive threat and he’s a natural fit for the modern and divergent NBA game. Minnesota is the first college player in 28 years to make more than 40 three-pointers and block more than 100 shots in a single season. The Thunder is in no hurry to rebuild the slow molasses, so it will have time to gather.
3. Houston Rockets
Paolo Panchero, Duke (females, 6-10, 250 pounds)
A well-rounded Banchero will be #1 on some drafts, and he’s a multi-level scorer and minor playmaker coming out of the Final Four with Duke. He joined forces with Galen Green, the Rockets’ second overall pick a year ago, to give them a great scoring tandem for years to come.
4. Sacramento Kings
Benedict Mathurin, Arizona (G, 6-6, 210 pounds)
This will be the first big surprise in the draft: The well-guarded Kings shine better. Mathurin profiles the character, at worst, as a three-dimensional potential, and this may be his short sale. He’s physical, very talented and has improved greatly in the last year.
5. Detroit Pistons
Shidon Sharp, Kentucky (G, 6-6, 200 pounds)
He’s the mystery man in this draft, a highly regarded guard who spent part of the year in Kentucky after arriving in Lexington in early January but didn’t play. Pairing him with Cade Cunningham, a top pick in last year’s draft, gives the sad Pistons an exciting duo to build around him.
6. Indiana Pacers
Jaden Ivey, Purdue (G, 6-4, 195 lbs)
The South Bend, Indiana native should stay close to home with the Pacers, giving their backyard an instant boost. An electric athlete, Ivey will thrive on the next level with more room to work. In time, we’ll wonder how he fell all the way to six.
7. Portland Trail Blazers
Keegan Murray, Iowa (G/F, 6-8, 225 pounds)
Damian Lillard gets an immediate shareholder on his side — as long as he stays in place, and indications are that he will — in the Iowa State Star. Murray is a top winger who shoots high from distance, was fourth in the country in goalscoring a year ago and is a better defender than advertised.
8. New Orleans Pelicans
A.J. Griffin, Duke (G, 6-6, 222 pounds)
Consistency is a question, but not a talent of the White Plains residents. Griffin nearly shot 50 percent deep for Duke as a rookie, and has the raw sportsmanship that should make him much more than a timely shooter.
9. San Antonio Spurs
Jeremy Suchan, Baylor (females, 6-9, 230 pounds)
Defending, he can play multiple positions and has downplayed his gamemaking skills. Sounds like a Greg Popovich type of player.
10. Washington Wizards
Galen Doreen, Memphis (C, 6-11, 250 pounds)
Duren is tough offensively, but he’s already a skilled edge guard and finisher around the basket who can make a difference in the defensive end, keeping himself in the paint from a strength standpoint.
Ty Washington Jr., Kentucky (G, 6-3, 197 lbs)
The Knicks have needed a guard for years, and there is clearly no secret regarding their affinity with the Kentucky players. Washington has a good size for a guard, is capable of shooting and Tom Thibodeau would love him right away.
12. Oklahoma City Thunder
Regal Branham, Ohio State (G, 6-5, 180 pounds)
One of the youngest players in the draft, the Ohio State rookie sniper has been identified as a sleepover by a scout, a high prospect with plenty of room to grow.
13. Charlotte Hornets
Jonny Davis, WI (G, 6-5, £194)
The Big Ten player of the year gives the Hornets more flanking and scoring, another weapon at the LaMelo Ball’s disposal. He bounces well for his size, and his 3-point shot will only improve 30 percent this past season, as he won’t be required to create his shot nearly as much.
14. Cleveland Cavaliers
Ochai Agbaji, KS (G, 6-5, 215 pounds)
The Cavaliers still need more offensive firepower to continue their rise in the rugged Eastern Conference, and skilled Agbagi will be a microwave recorder off the bench.