The NBA Draft Lottery is a week old. The teams have had a little more than a week now to live with the results and set the parameters of their Draft hunt and search.
The Lottery order went largely as expected. There were no changes to the draft order until the Portland Trail Blazers kicked the Detroit Pistons out of the top four by jumping to No. 3. And so this draft with a generational talent and some very good players trailing behind him is set.
Well, the order is set. Who goes where is certainly not set. The intrigue of the draft is just beginning as these prospects begin to fan out across the country and do their interviews and workouts.
The Orlando Magic are sitting in a strong position. They suspected they would even without the benefit of Lottery luck.
The Orlando Magic are preparing for a busy NBA Draft season. They will have two picks in the Lottery and a lot of intrigue with what they will do as they look to add to their roster.
Orlando stood pat after the Lottery, landing the sixth and 11th picks in the Draft. Still, two Lottery picks offer a lot of power for the Magic. They always do. And there are a lot of possibilities for this team.
As always, the Magic will have to prepare for every phase of the Draft with the opportunity both to move up and down but also to move out and add veterans to their team.
Orlando indeed has a lot of wins. The Magic’s players are making it clear they believe this is a “Playoffs or Bust” season for them. They are eager to take steps forward. So the Magic have some work to do to fill out the roster.
Draft night will play a big role in this. The team’s desperate need for shooting hangs over everything this team does. And so the team will enter this peculiar, promising and, at times, risky draft with a lot to consider and a lot to do.
The Magic certainly are evaluating a lot of players based on their wants and needs. But ultimately, who is available will depend on how the draft ultimately shakes out.
We have already done our Big Board for after the Draft Combine as we thought about the Magic’s specific needs. But now it is time to update our Mock Draft with the final draft order in place.