What did the Draft tell you about the way Jeff Weltman wants to build the Orlando Magic of the future?
Palmer: I am honestly not sure if there was a definitive idea that you can take from just two draft picks. I mean, he did mention that both were long, athletic and versatile. If that is what we are taking from this, I think Evan Fournier, Nikola Vucevic and D.J. Augustin should be on alert. Those guys do not exactly fit that mantra,
Doyle: I believe the Draft provided hints into what Jeff Weltman’s plan is. I believe he wants to start fresh for the most part. The Jonathan Isaac pick means Weltman believes that it is going to take some time before the Magic are ready to contend again. This makes most of the players on the roster available. I believe free agency and the remainder of the offseason are going to answer this question.
Rossman-Reich: I think the one thing the Draft proved is this new management group values length and versatility. Both Jonathan Isaac and Wesley Iwundu have impressive wingspans and cut their teeth on the defensive end. They seem like players who can use their physical tools to make an impact on that end with offensive games that can still grow. The emphasis for this team is still on defense and defensive potential. It seems the Magic believe defense is innate and that offense is learned. That is the direction the Magic appear ready to build. That seems to be the direction the Magic want to build. Those are the foundational pieces, at least.
Flynn: This might sound over simplistic but the draft showed me how much the front office values length and high character guys. The approach makes sense with how the league and its players continue to evolve. The length that both Isaac and Iwundu bring will also play into coach Frank Vogel’s strength as a defensive minded coach. Although I did not agree with some of the moves on draft night it does appear the coaching staff and front office are on the same page.
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