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Orlando Magic

2013-14 record: 23-59

Fifth place, Southeast Division

Did not make playoffs

2014 Draft Picks: Round 1 - Picks 4, 12

Draft Picks - Round 1

4
Aaron Gordon  | Power Forward | Arizona
12
Dario Saric (traded to Philadelphia 76ers) | Power Forward | Cibona Zagreb (Croatia)
Draft Overview

TRADE 1: Orlando Magic acquire No. 10 pick Elfrid Payton from Philadelphia in exchange for No. 12 pick Dario Saric, a 2015 second-round pick and a 2017 first-round pick.
 

TRADE 2: Orlando Magic acquire Evan Fournier and the No. 56 pick Roy Devyn Marble from Denver in exchange for Arron Afflalo.

 

Pre-Draft Analysis
 

Areas of Strength

The Magic have keepers in Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris, Kyle O'Quinn, Maurice Harkless and Andrew Nicholson -- a relatively anonymous frontcourt crew to casual fans, but a group that has impressed front office types around the league who understand how hard it is to get this sort of bang for the buck these guys provide.

 

Needs Work

It's still unclear what direction the Magic are going to go in terms of the catalyst of this team. They believe Victor Oladipo has superstar potential, but at what position? And as solid as Arron Afflalo has been, and there is no doubt he is one of the true leaders of this team, he's not an All-Star, face-of-the-franchise type. Someone has to mentor Oladipo, though, so there is a dilemma the Magic brain trust must deal with before they move forward. Do you to turn it over to Oladipo, and if so, when?

 

Two Stats That Matter

25 -- The Magic have to find consistent scoring from somewhere if they're going to continue their evolution in the Rob Hennigan era. They don't have a single elite-level scorer on the roster, hence their not being able to crack the 100-point barrier in points per game (25th and 96.5).

 

2 -- Victor Oladipo was No. 2 on Draft night and No. 2 in the Kia Rookie of the Year race. The Magic believed he had the chance to go 2-1 but Oladipo was just far too inconsistent while trying to master two positions and handle the rigors of NBA life simultaneously.

 

The Way To Go
NBA.com's Draft expert, Scott Howard-Cooper, offers up his suggestions:

Two calls in one: Decide Victor Oladipo is not a point guard and spend the fourth pick on Dante Exum (while having to decide if Exum is a point guard with some evidence he is not) or double-down on the commitment to Oladipo there and go power forward? The latter, after going through several temps last season, would lead Orlando to the very enviable spot of likely choosing among Julius Randle, Noah Vonleh and Aaron Gordon. Going point guard with Exum or maybe Marcus Smart, meanwhile, would be a risky place. Neither has convinced a consensus of front offices they will be dependable playmakers or shooters. Exum would also be making the biggest jump in competition, maybe of anyone in the entire draft. Magic GM Rob Hennigan will earn his money on this decision.

 

2013-14 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank) 
Offensive: 99.3 (29th)
Defensive: 104.8 (18th)

 

Under Contract
GJameer Nelson
G: Arron Afflalo
G: Victor Oladipo
F: Maurice Harkless
F: Tobias Harris
C: Nikola Vucevic
F: Jason Maxiell
F: Andrew Nicholson
F: Kyle O'Quinn
G: Doron Lamb

 

Free Agents
G: E'Twuan Moore
G: Ronnie Price
F: Solomon Jones
G: Dewayne Dedmon

 

Recent Draft History
2013: Victor Oladipo (2), Romero Osby (51)
2012: Andrew Nicholson (19), Kyle O'Quinn (49)
2011: DeAndre Liggins (53)
2010: Daniel Orton (29), Stanley Robinson (59)
2008: Courtney Lee (22)

 

-- Sekou Smith

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