Jameer Nelson has been one of the most important players on the Orlando Magic since the team drafted him the same year as Dwight Howard. Orlando’s diminutive point guard has become the captain of the Magic, and he has been a model citizen off the court.
Currently, the Magic have two young point guards in E’Twaun Moore and Doron Lamb, and with the possibility of the Magic drafting Trey Burke in the 2013 NBA Draft, has Jameer’s time with the Magic come to an end?
With Orlando looking to give their young players as much playing time as possible, it’s logical to suggest that the Magic will be looking to trade Nelson. The 31-year-old, does deserve to play for a contending team, and he could add a nice dimension off the bench for a team in need of depth.
However, if he is truly happy to be in Orlando through the rebuilding process, the team should keep their Captain in pinstripes for as long as he’s playing.
Nelson’s leadership is essential for a group of players as young as Orlando has. The fact that he’s done everything right on the court and in the community proves his value to the organization. Orlando needs him to guide and mentor the young players through their first few years in the NBA as they move into true adulthood.
Jameer can eventually play the role that former Magic player Adonal Foyle played. Foyle knew he wasn’t going to get any meaningful minutes, but his constant encouragement from the bench was big for a team that was battling huge expectations.
Nelson is a man all Magic fans should appreciate and admire. He stood tall for the organization when others chose to quit on them, and he deserves to be a Magic for life.