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2021 NBA Draft: Magic Pick Jalen Suggs at No. 5

The Zag becomes the highest draft pick since Adam Morrison in 2006.

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Jalen Suggs arrived at Gonzaga as the highest-ranked recruit in school history and he will depart as one of the highest draft picks as well after the Jalen Suggs arrived at Gonzaga as one of the highest-ranked recruits and will depart as one of the highest draft picks in some time after the Orlando Magic selected the Zag with the No. 5 overall pick.

From his first collegiate bucket (an alley-oop dunk combined for a weak technical), it was clear that Suggs was ready to compete in a way that no one had seen in Spokane. He averaged 14.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists for what was the top team in the country for the entire season except for the national championship game.

To get to that national championship game took the shot of a lifetime from Suggs. As the entirety of college basketball watched, Suggs left his mark on the history of the game with a banked in three-point shot as time expired in overtime. One of the greatest NCAA Tournament games of all time with arguably one of the greatest NCAA shots of all time.

Suggs began the season with an immense amount of hype. Plenty of national writers pegged him as the No. 1 pick over Cade Cunningham, although that started to slide a bit down as the season progressed.

Many people assumed that the Toronto Raptors would choose Jalen Suggs with the fourth pick, but the Raptors proved otherwise, choosing forward Scottie Barnes. Suggs arrives at Orlando immediately able to contribute, but will have to compete with 2020 draft pick Cole Anthony for time as the starting point guard.