A lot of the focus for Magic Draft coverage has understandably been on the second overall pick. Fairly early Thursday night, the Magic will make a key decision for the future of the organization and bring in a player with a ton of talent who should be a long-term piece for the franchise.
As we are learning under Rob Hennigan's master plan to rebuild the Magic, Draft picks and young players are vitally important. Just look at how a team like the Spurs and even the Heat filled in solid role players with late first and second-round draft picks.
It would be foolish to overlook the Magic's second-round pick at No. 51 overall as completely unimportant. There are still potentially players who can contirbute to the team and make a difference for the organization. After all, Kyle O'Quinn turned into a solid player last year after being drafted No. 49 overall last year and DeQuan Jones went completely undrafted and turned heads at Summer League before gaining ample playing time in a Magic uniform.
Every pick is an opportunity.
So what might Orlando be looking for with its second-round pick? That is a little more difficult to answer. And Rob Hennigan did not help much when he spoke with the media Wednesday:
"We're just looking for a human being to take."
It is more true with these later picks than the earlier ones that you draft the best player available. The odds are that a player drafted 51st is not going to make a huge impact. You never know though and so drafting the best player available gives the best shot — at least theoretically — of finding an impact player. This is particularly if that player has a defined skill that does not need much work that could get him out on the floor sooner rather than later.
Obviously, the Magic's work will not be done 15 minutes into tonight's broadcast. So who might the Magic may be considering late into the night?
The easy place to start is to fill a need the team isn ot likely to fill earlier in the Draft. As the roster is currently constructed, there is a glaring need at backup point guard. Jameer Nelson is still around, it is true, but behind him is E'Twaun Moore and Doron Lamb — both converted shooting guards — and Beno Udrih, who is a free agent and unlikely to re-sign.
Adam Papageorgiou of Orlando Magic Greek is very much in favor of the Magic going the point guard route with their second round pick. He highlights Serbia guard Nemanja Nedovic, Texas guard Myck Kabongo and Louisville guard Peyton Siva. Each of those picks could give plenty of value to the Magic at 51.
Kabongo was long considered a late-first round pick in this Draft and Seva's bona fides at Louisville are pretty well known. Siva is the defensive-minded point guard and leader from the national champions.
The team could also go in the direction of another athletic wing. Ohio State guard DeShaun Thomas could be available around this pick as could other first-round caliber talent such as Spain guard Alex Abrines, Bucknell forward Mike Muscala and Oklahoma forward Romero Osby.
These are not quite household names. You are not likely to get one this late.
You are likely to get what Hennigan wants for the moment: a human being.