Orlando Magic Found a Steal in Romero Osby

By Rob Lunder
Orlando Magic, Romero Osby
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The Orlando Magic appear to have a strong 2013 NBA Draft class on their hands after selecting Victor Oladipo and Romero Osby. Oladipo will get all the fan fare, but Osby has slid very far under the radar and the Magic got a steal in him with only a second round selection. Drafted out of Oklahoma, he always had a ton of upside and it was surprising that he lasted until the second round. A talented 6-foot-8 forward, he has the upside to be a rare second-round pick who actually stays in the NBA long term.

Osby has the chance to become a rotation player for the Magic as early as this season. The organization needs help in the front court and Osby has some upside. There is no reason he isn’t capable of playing 10-15 minutes a game off the bench. The Magic could use his athleticism in a reserve role. He will never be a star, especially in his first season, but he could definitely become a fringe NBA starter during the prime of his career. If a guy like Alonzo Gee can potentially start for the Cleveland Cavaliers, there is no reason Osby can’t later on down the road. He is definitely more talented than Gee and just needs to continue improving on his game.

This draft was a home run for the Magic organization. They are building a nice roster for the future and figure to have a high draft pick in the loaded 2014 NBA Draft next season. The future is bright in Orlando.


Rob Lunder covers the NBA for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18

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