The Orlando Magic are going to the bullpen for the NBA Draft Lottery this year. Alex Martins, not Pat Williams will represent them on TV. Williams will be there though.
The Orlando Magic have had a run of good luck in the NBA Lottery Draft, even inspiring the league to change the rules for the Lottery.
Lately, the Magic have not had the luck they wanted. They ended up with the second pick in 2013 and got locked out of the top three in 2014, despite the odds being in their favor.
Pat Williams has been there each time, hoping to recapture the luck of the mid-1990s to grab Shaquille O’Neal and Anfernee Hardaway and the 2004 Lottery which landed them Dwight Howard. These are the seeds of a championship team.
It apparently is time for a change in luck.
Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel reports Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins will replace executive vice president Pat Williams at the dais for the NBA Draft Lottery on May 19, a major change in the Magic’s plans for good luck. Williams will be at the Lottery, but not on TV. He will be in the room where the actual Lottery is taking place, away from TV cameras and contact with the outside world until the results are revealed on ESPN.
But the Magic have not won the right to the No. 1 pick the past two seasons in their rebuild, so they hope that moving Williams from the dais to the top-secret nerve center will do the trick. CEO Alex Martins will represent the team on the dais.
“I took a strong stand in our strategy meeting,” Williams said, tongue firmly in cheek. “I’m going to have a little chat with those ping-pong balls.”
Yes, the Magic have made their decision it would appear and have gone to the bullpen after two unsuccessful trips to New York during this rebuild. The Magic sure could use a top pick to jump start the rebuild with the most elite talent the Draft has to offer.
Of course, none of this matters. The Draft Lottery is actually conducted in a separate room before the public unveiling with all the team representatives there for their photo opp.
The last two years, the Magic have been represented in the actual room by Senior Vice President of Public Relations Joel Glass. This appears to be where Williams will be this time around for the Draft Lottery. So you will not see him on TV, but he will be nearby.
And of course, who is actually present in the room has nothing to do with how ping pong balls are drawn in a drum. It is pure luck. You just hope the odds are in your favor.
The Magic have an 8.8 percent chance of landing the top pick in the NBA Draft when the Lottery is conducted May 19. The most likely spot for the Magic to land is not the fifth spot they are slated for, but rather the sixth spot.
The Magic will get to interview select prospects during the NBA Draft Combine next week in Chicago as draft preparations are starting to take shape.