The Magic will pick second in the NBA Draft after the Cleveland Cavaliers drew the winning combination in the NBA Draft Lottery.
Orlando entered the Lottery with the best odds at winning the first overall pick. However, that has actually not been a lock for the top pick. Only three teams — including the Magic in 2004 — have won the lottery with the best odds.
That followed suit this year as the Cavaliers won the lottery for the second time in three years, this time with the third best Lottery odds. The Washington Wizards climbed into the top three to win the third selection.
So the Magic will have to wait five minutes into the NBA Draft before it is their turn to make a selection. This hardly changes their approach however. All the top prospects — from Nerlens Noel to Ben McLemore to Victor Oladipo to Trey Burke — are still squarely in play for the Magic. Even though this is considered a weak draft at the top, there are still several players that could be long-term contributors for the Magic or any team.
The Draft preparations will still be about research and figuring out which player fits what the Magic are trying to build. That could be just about anyone. After a 20-win season, Orlando is likely thinking not about immediate roster needs but who would make a good building block for the long-term future.
The next month of research, workouts and interviews will be vital.
That research will also include looking into any trades that might occur and potential deals. Orlando will surely be keeping its ear to the ground and remain open to making deals if they become available. A month is a long time to wait. A lot is still left to do.