Post-Draft Look at the Orlando Magic Depth Chart
The Orlando Magic will have one of the youngest rosters heading into the season, but their defense is stacked and their future looks very bright. After an impressive rookie season for Victor Oladipo, the Magic made important moves to load in talent around him.
The new draft picks could make a significant impact on the roster this year, so here is a glimpse at how their depth chart may look for 2014.
1. Jameer Nelson
2. Elfrid Payton
3. E’Twaun Moore
4. Ronnie Price
Jameer Nelson is in the final year of his contract and the Orlando Magic could be looking to shop him around. Elfrid Payton appears to be the point guard of the future, but he is a very raw talent and may need time adjusting to play in the NBA. Keeping Nelson around to help Payton develop would probably be the wisest move for Orlando.
1. Victor Oladipo
2. Evan Fournier
3. Roy Devyn Marble
4. Doron Lamb
Victor Oladipo spent a good chunk of time at PG in his rookie season, but the way the Orlando Magic’s roster stacks up now, it just wouldn’t make much sense. They have capable players running the point, and letting Oladipo settle into one position should help him focus more on a day-to-day basis. Fournier will be the backup, but Roy Devyn Marble will get his looks.
1. Tobias Harris
2. Maurice Harkless
Tobias Harris has a very high ceiling and he could be in for a breakout season if he can stay away from injuries. His athleticism is hard to defend and if he can improve his mid-range shot, he could turn into a deadly scorer for the Magic. Harkless played in 80 games last year and is the perfect guy to slide into the sixth-man role for Orlando.
1. Aaron Gordon
2. Andrew Nicholson
3. Jason Maxiel
Pairing Aaron Gordon with Tobias Harris in the forward positions will create an awesome dynamic with their level of athleticism. Gordon really impressed Orlando with his workout for the NBA Draft, so he will have a good chance at taking over the starting job right away. Nicholson and Maxiel are solid role players and will battle it out for minutes off the bench.
1. Nikola Vucevic
2. Kyle O’Quinn
3. Dewayne Dedmon
Nikola Vucevic has quickly become one of the top-tier centers in the NBA. He makes all of his teammates better and his passing significantly improved from the paint over the course of last year. His post moves are hard to defend and he could be in for a huge season if he can continue to improve his jumper. Due to a lack of depth at center, Kyle O’Quinn should see a lot of playing time.