The Magic will be sending a reliable token of luck for the NBA Draft Lottery on May 21.
Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel reports that Pat Williams will represent the Magic once again at the NBA Draft Lottery. Williams was present when the Magic won the Draft Lottery in 1992 (Shaquille O'Neal), 1993 (Anfernee Hardaway) and 2004 (Dwight Howard). The Magic are hoping that he can once again provide some luck and help the Magic get the No. 1 pick.
Of course, Williams has little to do with actually helping the Magic win the lottery. The lottery is conducted behind closed doors (overseen by Ernst & Young representatives) at the NBA's offices in Secaucus, N.J., before the envelopes are put in place for Adam Silver to reveal on national television.
Williams is the Magic's ultimate good luck charm. He came down from Philadelphia in the mid-1980s and helped Jim Hewitt fulfill his vision of bringing basketball to Central Florida. Williams has been a part of the Magic organization in some form or fashion ever since — serving as the team's first general manager and then moving into an executive vice president role.
He is the ultimate salesman and if anyone can coax randomness his way, it is Williams. Those ping pong balls will not know what hit them.
The Draft is now two months away (exactly two months away — June 28) and the Magic are going to begin bringing in prospects and working them out very soon. There is still the NBA Combine in Chicago to get through and, of course, the Lottery. The Magic are still doing their due diligence on the top prospects such as Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore, Trey Burke and Victor Oladipo among plenty others to be sure.
Rob Hennigan has his work cut out for him. He has surely begun his research and analysis with his scouting staff reviewing their thoughts from the scouting done during the season.
For now the waiting begins. At least the Magic have their Lottery ace in the hole ready to go.