Orlando Magic Draft Picks 2013: Grades, Analysis and Video Breakdown
The Orlando Magic enter the NBA draft looking to continue rebuilding in the wake of Dwight Howard's departure last summer. The team could use an heir apparent for veteran point guard Jameer Nelson as well as another scorer on the wing.
Name: Victor Oladipo
Pick: No. 2 overall, First Round
Analysis: Victor Oladipo gives the Magic a solid defender who is also coming along offensively. He averaged 2.2 steals per game for the Hoosiers. He also converted 44 percent of his three-point attempts this past season and averaged 13.6 points per game.
Orlando will select Indiana's Victor Oladipo with the second pick, league source tells Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 27, 2013
Oladipo's presence makes veteran guard Arron Afflalo expendable. Rumors have circulated that the Magic may send Afflalo to the Clippers in exchange for point guard Eric Bledsoe as reported by Ramona Shelburne, Marc Stein and Chad Ford of ESPN Los Angeles. The combination of Bledsoe and Oladipo would give Orlando potentially the best defensive guard tandem in basketball.
Name: Romero Osby
Pick: No. 51 overall, Second Round
Position: Power Forward
Analysis: Osby was productive for the Sooners, averaging 16 points and seven rebounds a game this past season. He's a little undersized at 6'8" and he doesn't get his hands on a ton of shots either.
The bigger issue is where Osby will find minutes on a Magic team deep up front. The team already has Glen Davis and Nikola Vucevic in the starting lineup. Behind them, there's Andrew Nicholson and Al Harrington. Hedo Turkoglu will also factor into the equation at power forward.
Osby is a nice value pick for where he was taken, but it is unlikely he'll see the floor much in Orlando. The more realistic situation is he plays in mop-up duty and becomes a throw-in for a trade somewhere in the future. Still, for the No. 51 overall pick, Orlando could have done a lot worse.
Getting to know Romero Osby
Overall Analysis: In a draft lacking elite star power, the Magic were able to grab a guy in Victor Oladipo who can be a solid role player for a long time. Even if he never lives up to the Dwyane Wade comparisons, the No. 2 overall pick will be worth the selection off his defensive prowess alone.
Plus, the addition of Oladipo gives the Magic a nice trading chip in Arron Afflalo. There's another move to be made and, if it ends up being Eric Bledsoe, the Magic would have left this draft having locked down its backcourt of the future.
The Osby pick will be largely forgotten, as he'll struggle to find playing time. All in all, a rebuilding team added a nice piece while putting themselves in good position to add another. Overall, this draft gets an A.
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