The Orlando Magic are in desperate need for a point guard, outside shooting and a star. Trae Young could mean the end for a long, arduous rebuild.
The flashy guard led the nation in scoring (27.4 points per game) and assists (8.7 assists per game) and has solidified himself as a top 10 prospect, at least.
A point guard, especially one with Young’s scoring and playmaking ability is a major need for the Magic. Last season, Shelvin Mack finished the season as the team’s leader in assists with 3.9 per game. And Orlando failed to have a player score more than 20 points per game once again.
Young has the potential to lead the team in both categories. He is someone who can shoot from almost anywhere on the court and dish it to anyone on the perimeter. That is a combination the Magic have not had for a very long time.
Of course, with the pros come the cons.
Young was a turnover machine in college and projects to be a poor defender in the NBA. Plus, with his willingness to chuck up 3-pointers, he will need to reel himself in to fit into professional offenses.
The potential is obvious. The Stephen Curry comparisons may be tired. But Young is the first prospect to remind scouts and pundits of the two-time MVP. A quick trigger from deep, and a crafty scorer around the rim, Young can get hot in an instant and light a spark that could ignite a struggling offense.
With Orlando in desperate need for a long-term answer at point guard and for offensive firepower. Young may be the star that the Magic need to climb out of their hole.