The Orland Magic had a 25 percent chance of winning the top pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. That was the highest percentage of amongst the other 13 lottery participants. The Magic fell short, earning the second pick in this June’s draft behind the Cleveland Cavaliers. That isn’t a big a loss.
The 2013 NBA Draft class doesn’t have a franchise changing player, deserving of the top pick. The current consensus top pick among draft gurus is Nerlens Noel, the freshman center out of the University of Kentucky. Noel’s only season at UK was cut short, when he tore his ACL on a freak play against the Florida Gators. While rehab is reportedly going well, he still isn’t projected to play in a game until December.
Which brings me to my point, losing the number one pick lets Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan and other franchise decision makers off the hook for having to draft the unproven big man in the top slot. Noel isn’t the caliber of big man the Magic selected when they won the lottery three others times, drafting Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber and Dwight Howard. Falling to number two opens up variety of options that can pay off huge for a franchise that’s fallen quickly since it’s 2009 NBA Finals appearance.
Which the second pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic (SHOULD)draft….. Trey Burke, point guard University Of Michigan.
Here are the reasons why the Magic should draft Burke:
Mike Conley Junior
Should I go on?……
The NBA is point guard dominated. In order to compete in today’s game you MUST have one. It’s like the NFL with elite quarterbacks, if you don’t have one you can not win.
Burke, the 2013 consensus National College Player of the year is an unselfish Allen Iverson. His speed, shooting ability, passing skills along with a high basketball IQ is what all the players I listed above have. He also excels in the pick in roll, the NBA’s most used offense. You connect him with steadily improving big man Nikola Vučević, athletic wingmen Maurice Harkless and Tobias Harris, and you have a attractive nucleus that can grow together over the next 4-5 years. You mix this youth with the veteran leadership of Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo and Glen Davis and it could quickly payoff into a return to the playoffs. Add to that the importance of continuing to excite the central Florida fan base and keep the nearly three year old Amway Center seats filled, this is a win win.
In my observation, this new regime headed by GM Rob Hennigan has already made several smart moves. Just look at the Dwightmare going on in Hollywood that they’ve avoided this summer. Adding Burke to this roster and community would be another smart move. I hope they and Magic fans are listening, just in case they aren’t…. just watch.
Michigan Vs. Kansas 2013 NCAA Tournament, Courtesy: Lodzio20 & CBS Sports
2013 NBA Draft Scouting Report Video, Courtesy: DraftExpress
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