Last year, the Magic’s biggest draft need was a player who could become the new face of the franchise after the team traded away its former franchise player in Dwight Howard prior to the 2012-13 season. By choosing Victor Oladipo with the second pick in the draft, the Magic actually filled two needs: Filling a need at shooting guard and finding their franchise player in the process.
With Oladipo firmly entrenched as the face of the franchise, it would make little sense for Orlando to draft one of the studs in this year’s draft. Instead of targeting Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins, the Magic will need to use their first-round pick in resolving their issues at point guard.
Saying that point guard was a disaster for Orlando last season is a huge understatement. With Jameer Nelson out for a majority of the year and looking like a shell of his former self, and E’Twaun Moore becoming a free agent, it would be wise for the Magic to look to a deep draft to find a running mate to Oladipo in the backcourt.
Dante Exum should be No. 1 on the list, as he has the ball handling skills and offensive mindset that would fit perfectly with Oladipo’s slashing style of play. Another guard the Magic should have on their draft board is Tyler Ennis out of Syracuse. Ennis is an NBA ready point guard who had one of the best assist-to-turnover ratios in the nation last season. Ennis could very well become a Rajon Rondo like guard which will fit Orlando perfectly.
Point guard should be the name of the game for the Magic this year. Let’s hope Rob Hennigan makes the right choice.