Orlando Magic players who could shock the world this season
4. Anthony Black
Anthony Black was the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft. But the Orlando Magic’s glut of guards has tampered down the hype.
His three games in Las Vegas did not help.
Black produced strong counting stats but had poor shooting efficiency with way too many turnovers. The sample size is too small and should not be predictive of what to expect from the teenage rookie. He also admitted he was dealing with an ankle issue during Summer League. Still the shooting was a big question for him coming out of Arkansas.
It is fair to have questions, especially about the playing time. But Black could be special.
Look no further than a fellow oversized point guard who was the sixth overall pick. Josh Giddey averaged 12.5 points per game and struggled with his efficiency in year one. But after year two, he is a prized young talent that every team wishes they employed. Black has the size and defensive upside to fit that mold.
There will be rookie struggles, which could include not playing early in the season. But time will open up.
Cole Anthony and Markelle Fultz have struggled to stay healthy throughout their careers, and Black will not look back once he sees the floor. He will be a strong rebounder and distributor who can guard multiple positions. The 6-foot-7 teenager needs time to develop as a scorer and shooter, but the tools are there.
Black will shock the world with his playing time and production this season. Next summer, the Orlando Magic may well view him as their starting point guard and a key piece of their core.
With both Fultz and Anthony facing contract years, it is possible the Magic’s point guard situation will open up quickly. Black will need to prove he can fill it.