Orlando Magic Draft Report

Breaking down the draft picks and roster outlook of the Orlando Magic heading into the NBA draft

2017-18 W/L: 25-57 2018-19 W/L: 42-40

Finished 7th in the eastern conference (Lost 4-1 to Toronto in the first round of the playoffs)

Team Needs: PG, SG, SF

Free Agents: Nikola Vucevic, Terrence Ross, Jerian Grant, Jarell Martin, Khem Birch

Under Contract: Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier, Timofey Mozgov, Markelle Fultz, D.J. Augustin, Jonathan Issac, Mohamed Bamba, Melvin Frazier

Team Option: Wesley Iwundu

1st Pick: 1st Round-16th Overall

Players that could be available and fit with this pick:

PG: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Carsen Edwards

SG/SF: Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, Kevin Porter Jr., Romeo Langford, Sekou Doumbouya, Nassir Little

PF/C: Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke, PJ Washington, Bol Bol

2nd Pick: 2nd Round-46th Overall

Players that could be available and fit with this pick:

PG: Ky Bowman, Jordan Bone, Jalen Lecque, Jared Harper

SG/SF: Zach Norvell Jr., Luguentz Dort, Chuma Okeke, Darius Bazley, Miye Oni

PF/C: Grant Williams, Simisola Shittu, Luka Samanic, Jalen Mcdaniels

Orlando saw a big improvement in the number of wins from their 2017-2018 season to the 2018-2019 season. Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon are a big part of that success with both players becoming consistent scoring threats and having a versatile offensive skill set. Vucevic is set to be a free agent and will likely get a big pay day whether that is from the Magic or another team after he put up impressive numbers last season. They will have some decisions to make regarding Vucevic and Terrence Ross among others whose contracts have expired, and how they choose to go with those players or other free agents could lead to turnover on the roster between the two years. Markelle Fultz is a project that the team hopes will work out, but they cannot be convinced that he is the best option at point guard in the near future. Having the 16th pick means the prospects that they will need to have a fairly wide range of prospects to consider when you are not sure who will be available once they are on the clock. They could take Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Tyler Herro, or a number of other guards that are expected to be available while Kevin Porter Jr. would be an interesting fit with his upside. Nassir Little and Sekou Doumbouya are being considered by Orlando but there is a possibility that neither of the prospects will last that long on draft night. It is also possible that if they do not feel they can re-sign Vucevic that they will choose a power forward or a versatile center with their first pick, with PJ Washington and Rui Hachimura fitting that mold. 

With their second round pick there will be options to add depth to their roster or take a flyer on a prospect they believe can become a successful NBA player. There are plenty of choices if they want to select a point guard in the second round with players like Jalen Lecque and Jaylen Hands having high upsides going forward. On the wing Chuma Okeke may be available if they are willing to wait as he becomes healthy from his ACL tear, and players like Darius Bazley or Miye Oni might still be options at this point in the draft. It is be a bit of a stretch for Tacko Fall to be taken at #46, but it is worth noting that the franchise has been able to watch Fall for four seasons at the Orlando based UCF and he could be an option. Ultimately their second round pick will come down to whether they want to take a prospect who is a proven college veteran or take a chance on young player possibly an international prospect. If we were drafting for the Magic we would take a shooting guard or a point guard with the first selection, and then either draft a versatile big man in the second round or another wing with scoring ability. Mo Bamba has not come into his own yet and become the player that he could potentially be, however he is still considered the future at the center position for the Magic so they should not feel the need to draft another center in the second round unless it is purely for depth purposes. With cap space to use and Orlando being a potential destination for some free agents, they should be able to be in the conversation to pick up some solid players that can help them win games next season and get back to the playoffs.

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