Romero Osby Could Play a Role Next Season

By Christian Tamayo
Romero Osby
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Romero Osby, the 51st overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft to the Orlando Magic, could very well have found himself in a better situation than all of the other second round picks.

Listed at 6-foot-8 and weighing 230 pounds, Osby already has an NBA-ready frame and will certainly be competing for minutes.

Glenn Davis coming back from injury is a virtual lock to start at the power forward position, and while Andrew Nicholson has shown a decent offensive game, Osby brings a more physical presence to the table.

Osby, who played for the University of Oklahoma, showed that even though he is undersized for his position, he’s not afraid to throw his body around down low. He still has work to do on the defensive end, and he needs to improve his quickness.

He was able to use his strength to overpower his collegiate opponents, but obviously going against someone like Zac Randolph will be a whole different animal.

Osby’s best chance to stay on the court is to get much quicker and improve his footwork to be able to guard the three position.

Offensively, Osby has the ability to stretch the floor out as a power forward; he’s shown the ability to make mid-range jump shots, but his range doesn’t project much to beyond the three-point line. Another nice asset of his is his free throw shooting. Osby started his collegiate career shooting 63 percent from the free-throw line after his first two seasons. His final season he was able to bring that up to 79.5 percent, while making 36-straight at one point.

Yes, he was a second round pick, so the expectations should remain tame on Osby, but he does possess the ability to be the rare second round pick that becomes a consistent contributor to his team.


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