The NBA is having its annual draft in just a few days – June 23 – and the Orlando Magic are looking to make, well, magic on that night.
Florida’s most troubled basketball team has the number one pick in this year’s draft and they are hoping it translates into something very special.
For far too long, the team has been struggling and hasn’t even come close to competing in years now.
So, how will the Magic convert the number one pick into a stepping stone back to Finals contention?
Jeff Weltman just finished addressing the media here in Orlando. Said the #Magic have not decided who they will pick. Would be like turning in a paper too early. Describes the team as still in the “early part” of the process.
— Orlando Magic Daily (@OMagicDaily) June 20, 2022
Jeff Weltman, President of Basketball Operations for the Magic, told the press that the team hasn’t yet decided who they will pick with the number one selection.
He compared making the choice too early to turning in a homework assignment long before the due date.
In fact, he said the team is still in the “early part” of the selection process, even though the draft is just a few days away.
Top Dogs In The Draft
For months now, it’s been assumed that Jabari Smith would be the number one pick in the draft.
That means that in just a few months, Smith could be suiting up in a Magic jersey.
But is that the selection they’ll make?
Maybe they’ll go with Chet Holmgren instead – or perhaps Paolo Banchero or Jaden Ivey.
Orlando really does have the ability to choose whoever they want.
Whoever they choose, they need another young player who will work well with their current squad.
There is undoubtedly a lot of talent on the Magic roster but it hasn’t converted into much success.
All the young talent in the world doesn’t mean anything if it isn’t translating into wins.