NBA Draft Results: Why Orlando Magic Made a Huge Mistake
ESPN's Chris Broussard reported, that the day after the draft Dwight Howard told General Manager Rob Hennigan that he wanted to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets. It's apparent that the new draftees were not to Howard's liking, and he's also not sold on the direction of the Magic.
Power forward Andrew Nicholson and center Kyle O'Quinn definitely add depth to Orlando's frontcourt. However, with other holes at point guard and small forward, the Magic should have drafted a wing player since there were still quite a few suitable players left after the Magic's 19th pick.
As selfish as it sounds, this man child wasn't given what he wanted, and as a result he wants out of Orlando.
Drafting Andrew Nicholson
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Nicholson would be a solid pick for most teams because he poses a good balance of post up moves as well as the ability to shoot the three.
However, with Glenn Davis already on the roster and a qualifying offer extended to Ryan Anderson this move is head scratcher.
Nicholson is a good defender and adds size to the frontcourt, but his 6'8" frame doesn't' give him the flexibility to play both the four and the five spot. Playing behind Anderson and Davis is really going to cut down his playing time unless Davis becomes more of a center.
More Big Bodies
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Orlando drafted an undersized center in the second round with a very raw offensive game.
O'Quinn can clog the paint and he's is also a decent presence on defense. The only problem with that is the Magic already have the heavy-set Davis on their team. In last year's playoffs, Davis averaged 19 points and 9.2 rebounds in the first round against a true seven footer in Roy Hibbert.
Even though he wasn't the dominating force that Howard is, Davis proved capable of playing center for long minutes.
Magic Planning Ahead
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These draft moves appear to be band aids for the eventual Howard departure. The Magic drafted players that make a lot more sense if D12 left.
Orlando picked players that could fill his void only if he was traded which raises the question, why didn't they draft players to build around him?
With holes at point guard and small forward the Magic could have gone after Perry Jones III or Tony Wroten. Hedo Turkoglu is definitely showing his age and Quentin Richardson is just an overweight shooting guard shoved in to play small forward. Injuries caused the Magic to be weary of Jones, but the athletic 6'11" Baylor product would have teamed up nicely with Howard.
Point guard is another thing this team failed to address through the draft, and with Jameer Nelson opting out of his contract, all eyes are on the feeble Chris Duhon to lead the team at the time being. University of Washington's Wroten would have been a nice infusion of young talent that this team could have used at the lead guard position.
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These draft picks were horrible in the sense that they didn't entice Howard to stay in Orlando. This was the last straw for Howard since he believes that the team made him promises that aren't coming to fruition.
Although, with his trade seeming more likely to happen with each passing day, these picks make a lot more sense if he's gone.
It's still unclear what the Magic would get for Howard if he's traded, but with him off the team Big Baby could slide into the center position. Anderson was the perfect compliment for D12 since the double teams that Howard commanded opened up a bounty of open looks for the three point specialist.
It was obvious in the playoffs that Big Baby and Anderson were not a good mix so that makes him less of priority to lock down if Howard won't be in the team's future. With Anderson gone too that would leave a lot more minutes for the first-rounder Nicholson in 2012.