=== Orlando Magic 2014 Draft Preview ===
Draft picks: 1st round (4th, 12th overall)
By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Orlando Magic are in a great position to make
significant improvement thanks to two lottery picks in this year's draft.
The Magic have decent young talent, but no superstars. That should change with
the fourth pick.
Orlando needs help at point guard. Jameer Nelson is aging and has lost some of
his effectiveness. That opens the door for the Magic to take Australian combo
guard Dante Exum.
He has the star potential Orlando desperately needs and would make an
interesting backcourt with last year's No. 2 overall pick, Victor Oladipo. The
two are both versatile and could be tough to defend since either can play both
At No. 12, the Magic could get tricky and take Croatia's Dario Saric. He may
not be coming over to play in the U.S. this upcoming season, but his skill set
is off the charts.
If Orlando wants more immediate impact, it could probably do well to draft
some bulk. Nikola Vucevic, when healthy, is a double-double machine, but the
power forward spot was manned mostly by slightly taller small forwards.
Problem is, unless Kentucky's Julius Randle slides more dramatically than
expected because of a foot issue, there isn't a suitable talent for this draft
slot. Adreian Payne might make sense, but he's a stretch four, which is what
the Magic have basically been using. Payne is bigger than Tobias Harris, or
Moe Harkless, so he would be an upgrade.
Every team can use shooting, so Michigan's Nick Stauskas, Duke's Rodney Hood,
or Kentucky's James Young are always options.
Players Under Contract: G Jameer Nelson; G Arron Afflalo; G Victor Oladipo; F
Jason Maxiell; F Moe Harkless; C Nikola Vucevic; F Tobias Harris; F Andrew
Nicholson; G Ronnie Price; G Doron Lamb; C Kyle O'Quinn
Free Agents: G E'Twaun Moore
Recent Draft History:
2013: Victor Oladipo (2), Romero Osby (51)
2012: Andrew Nicholson (19), Kyle O'Quinn (49)
2011: DeAndre Liggins (53)
2010: Daniel Orton (29), Stanley Robinson (59)
2009: No picks
2008: Courtney Lee (22)
06/18 16:46:53 ET