The Orlando Magic have the worst record in the NBA at 6-20, which may make one think that they are pretty hopeless when it comes to their future prospects.
However, there is a glimmer of hope for more than one reason.
It all starts with their top pick in June’s NBA Draft, and with that as the foundation, they could find a way out of the wilderness before too long.
The Magic haven’t been past the first round of the playoffs since the 2009-10 season, but someday soon that drought should end.
Paolo Banchero Seems Like The Real Deal
With the first pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, Orlando had a choice between Banchero and center Chet Holmgren, and they went with Banchero.
It turned out to be a good decision, as Holmgren ended up suffering a foot injury in a pro-am game that will cost him all of this season.
Banchero, a Duke University product, is averaging 21.8 points a game through 19 contests so far this season.
Paolo Banchero scored 23 points in the win over the Clippers including 6 clutch free throws in the final 7 seconds of OT!pic.twitter.com/fSIDKOVZUs
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— Playmaker (@playmaker) December 8, 2022
He has some work to do, as his shooting accuracy has dropped over the last few weeks, but he could be a legitimate star in the near future.
Even better, he could soon be joined by someone with an even higher ceiling.
Could Orlando Land Victor Wembanyama?
Wembanyama, who is at least 7-foot-2, has been described by many scouts as a generational prospect.
There are seemingly a number of teams that could be tanking in order to land the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft in order to get their hands on the French phenom.
If the Magic get to draft him, he could form quite a frontcourt duo with Banchero, as both can handle the ball and hit from the perimeter, to go with their skills and talents in the paint.