When the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery does their thing, ping pong balls and all, the Orlando Magic will likely have the third best odds at landing the number one overall pick. Regardless of if they end up with the top selection, though, the Magic will almost certainly have a high pick and a chance at landing a top-notch talent from this highly thought of draft class.
Though the Magic drafted Victor Oladipo as the second-overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, this is all part of the plan for them. Since Dwight Howard’s untimely departure from the organization, the plan has always been to acquire young talent and to develop and build around those guys. Even with Oladipo in-tow, this team still needs more pieces to grow with.
Looking at their roster, you might assume that the Magic will be looking for a wing to go with Oladipo, Nikola Vucevic and possibly Tobias Harris for the future. However, the plan may be much simpler for the Magic when looking at the upcoming draft.
According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the Magic aren’t going to be looking at players in terms of position or need, but are rather going to be looking in terms of the best talent on the board whenever they make their selection. Kyler added that Orlando isn’t locked on a particular player at the moment.
Plainly going after the best player available may seem a bit strange in regards to already having a few pieces in Orlando, but it’s one that makes a good deal of sense in this particular instance. Not only are guys like Oladipo and Harris versatile in terms of where they can play on the floor, but the Magic really need to take a guy that possibly could change their franchise, not just a player who fits a niche.
Whatever the Magic do and wherever they land in the 2014 NBA Draft, it’s still just going to be a building block. Orlando isn’t going to completely turn it around next season. Having said that, they seem to be taking the right approach into this draft and are seem to be establishing a core to grow with moving forward.