Vaughn may have a voice, but the point I was making is he is not the guy making the decision. It will be the GM, who may be effected by the owner.
When you say will for into schemes, how does Noel not fit? He was possibly going to break the record for blocks and steals in a season for Kentucky. He had the tools to be just as good as defensive big man as there is in the NBA. I can tell you that Noel has the highest ceiling in this draft and has the most unique skill set. Smart, Mclemore, Muhammed, they are all good players but we have seen players similar to them before and in the NBA are easier to find in he NBA than big men like Noel.
They need a leader for the future and Jameer just isn't it. He will probably be traded before 2015 to a team looking for a vet backup at PG. Jameer is important in the sense that he will serve as a veteran guy with experience for their future lead guard but as far as skill is concerned Jameer at this point in his career isn't on the level of the top two point guards in this draft. Smart and Burke. Also don't forget that the Magic also have 27 year old Glen Davis at PF until 2015 as well. He has a smaller contract (roughly 2 million less per year) than Jameer and is in the prime of his career albeit not exactly all star caliber.
Unfortunately the NBA is a business and it isn't a smart business decision to have an over paid inefficient point guard (shooting 39% from the field and 34% from deep) at the tail end of his career. He isn't getting any better at this point and he will only digress further. He is a leader but he is getting to the point where his leading will strictly be vocal and not by example. Vaughn is going to want a lead point guard for the future to work with. Point guard is the quarterback of the team and just as NFL head coaches bring in their own quarterbacks when they get hired expect the Magic to bring in a new "quarterback" for their coach.
The best role at this point in his career for Jameer is to be the mentor to the future of this team.
I agree that they needs new point and Vaughn will want that but in just saying if they get the 1st pick there not passing on Noel. You just totally ignored everything I said.
No i hear what you're saying I just don't agree with your sentiment. Noel does have the highest ceiling in my opinion as he is already complete on defense just needs offensive work. But as far as similarities with those players I don't know off the top of my head a 6'5 230 point guard in the league. Smart is somewhat unique that he has the height of a SG, the size of a SF, and the mentality of a PG. Mclemore is renown for being unique as a player with elite athleticism who is actually a marksman from deep (although you wouldn't know that from looking at the tournament so far). Not many of those at all. But I will agree that Bazz is nothing special.
But Noel isn't at all unique. Don't get me wrong. He is extremely talented but not unique. He's a super athletic big man with elite shot blocking ability and no offense. That isn't at all unique but is definitely valuable. I mean its really hard to consider him unique when a player JUST LIKE HIM came out the year before. And there are even more in this years recruiting class. Just look at Chris Walker who is in that same mold but can actually score. I think though that they get Smart over Noel.
Nerlens Noal is back up to Number 1 on the ESPN Draft board, i think he will be a great pic up for someone
Noel is essentially Biz with better BBIQ and better hands. Yes Biz has him on the strength/bulk front, but is inferior in every other aspect of the game. Due to neither having much range on their shot or an even semi-refined low post game, I don't see them being on the court at the same time. However Noel has the athleticism to guard most 4s and as such is a more versatile player (can be paired with an offensively capable centre and play small-ball (or light ball) at Centre.
I find it hard to look past him at the value choice at number 1, especially considering McLemore's recent disappearing act.