5 Biggest Questions for the Orlando Magic Heading this Offseason

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What position should Orlando be targeting in the draft?

The obvious answer would be to avoid drafting another point guard given the current roster situation. But then again, the Orlando Magic, with the third-worst record in the league, probably just need to add whatever talent they can find.

That decision would become a lot more difficult if Orlando wins the lottery and secures the first overall pick. The team shares a 14-percent chance at the top pick with the Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons. At the current moment, Cade Cunningham is the consensus first overall pick.

Orlando would have a difficult time figuring out how to make everything work with Cunningham, but he would absolutely be the right pick as the consensus No. 1 option. The Magic would have to figure out a way to make things work.

Markelle Fultz and Cole Anthony do not have the ability to shift over to another position due to their size.  Cunningham himself is 6-foot-8 meaning he could could slide in the lineup if the team needed him too. Teams are more willing to play their five best players and the Magic have shown that willingness too.

But Cunningham is the type of player who is most effective with the ball in his hands. Realistically speaking, the Magic would not let the first overall pick in the draft be the second option opposite of a recovering Fultz who does not project well as a catch-and-shoot guy.  He shot 25-percent from 3-point range and a career-low 39.4-percent overall this season.

But the Magic are probably not married to anyone currently on the roster. Talent is going to win out in the end too.

Orlando has other options too.

What about the other top prospect Evan Mobley? The 7-foot center from USC was the sixth-leading shot-blocker in college basketball last year averaging 3 blocks a game. His athleticism paired with modern scoring abilities make him extremely difficult to pass up.

The drafting of Evan Mobley would certainly mean the end of Wendell Carter or Mohamed Bamba’s career in Orlando. Unlike the Cade Cunningham situation where there is technical wiggle room, the team could not realistically keep three young centers on their rosters and develop them all.

But the truth is the Magic are likely to view this draft pick as the foundational piece for their team and they will shift the roster around that.