The Orlando Magic had the second-overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and were able to draft arguably the most highly respected prospect of the draft class in Victor Oladipo. As a versatile guard, Oladipo is a player that will be able to provide a lot of different things for the Magic in different areas and help grow with their young core.
Later in the draft, though, the Magic may have landed a sleeper for the upcoming season and the future. In the second round with the 51st overall pick in the draft, the Magic selected Romero Osby out of Oklahoma. It was reported by Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel that Osby has been formally invited to training camp and the two sides are still working on a deal.
A 6’8” forward, Osby is an interesting prospect. In his senior season with the Sooners, Osby had an impressive year as he averaged 16 points, seven rebounds and 0.8 blocks in only 28.7 minutes per game while also shooting 52.6 percent from the floor and going 9-17 from long-range.
Osby is a tad small at the power forward, his natural position, and isn’t lengthy, but he has solid athleticism and good strength that should help him at the position. More than that, though, Osby has shown the intangibles on both ends of the floor. He’s a solid rebounder for someone his size, has a nice offensive game that is pretty versatile, and has defensive skills that aren’t horrid and are completely workable.
I’m not saying that Osby is going to come into training camp and immediately be a star, but for a young team looking to add youthful talent, Osby is the type of player that could surprise some people. He has shown in college that he can succeed; now he has the chance to continue showing that in Orlando.
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