The Orlando Magic will be entering the upcoming NBA Draft from a position of strength.
They are likely to have not only their own lottery pick but also a first-round pick from the Chicago Bulls, as long as it conveys outside of the top four.
The organization also has all manner of trade assets and will be able to approach both the NBA’s Draft Lottery and also the NBA Draft itself from a position of strength and flexibility.
After back-to-back drafts in which the Magic selected Paolo Banchero, Franz Wagner and Jalen Suggs, the front office has to be feeling pretty good about having another two opportunities to add to their rapidly improving roster.
It feels then like this is a can’t-lose opportunity for the Orlando Magic, but there are actually several scenarios that could unfold that would surpass even their wildest draft night dreams.
We will not go as far as suggesting the Magic will somehow defy all of the odds, and land the first overall selection. Even dreams have to have limitations, and we all know the franchise would then take Victor Wembanyama if that did happen, which in itself would then lead to some unexpectedly tough choices to be made.
But as long as they can ensure another Mario Hezonja or Mo Bamba selection does not happen, then the Magic will cruise through draft night and into an offseason where they can begin to really get serious about making the playoffs proper as soon as next year.