DRAFT PICKS: Round 1: None Round 2: None
|22. Courtney Lee||No Selection||11. J.J. Redick||11. Fran Vazquez|
|* Draft rights traded|
As we saw in the Playoffs, the Magic lack a killer instinct. They lost several fourth-quarter leads against the Sixers and Celtics as they went away from Howard and struggled to find ways to score. Unfortunately, late-game toughness and leadership are not easy to acquire.
The Magic don’t have a pick in this draft (at least they can’t mess it up this year) and, unless Hedo Turkoglu opts out of the final year of his contract or they make a trade, they will return their entire core. Of course, with Jameer Nelson recovering from shoulder surgery, they’ll have two starting point guards.
Orlando could use Rafer Alston’s expiring contract or the mid-level exception to acquire a big man to help Dwight Howard on the boards and allow Rashard Lewis to play more minutes at the small forward position. Marcin Gortat (assuming he re-signs) is a solid backup for Howard, but the only true big the Magic can play alongside the Defensive Player of the Year is Tony Battie, who’s 33 years old.