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It’s A Kind Of Magic As Orlando Land Top Pick In NBA Draft Lottery

The NBA Draft Lottery is now over and we now know which teams will pick from 1st through 14th in June’s NBA Draft.

And more importantly, we now know which four teams were the lucky ones to secure the top four picks in the draft.

And for the first time since 2004 and for the fourth time in the history of the franchise, the Orlando Magic won the NBA Draft Lottery, securing the top pick in the draft and a chance to draft any draft-eligible player of their choosing.

The Oklahoma City Thunder landed the second pick in the draft, which will tie in nicely with their 12th pick that the team also holds from a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Picking third will be the Houston Rockets, while the Sacramento Kings improved their draft prospects a great deal by landing the fourth pick.

However, Detroit Pistons were the unlucky team as they dropped down from a potential 3rd place pick based on their record, to 5th.

The NBA Draft Lottery – First 14 Picks After The Draw

  1. Orlando Magic

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  2. Oklahoma City Thunder
  3. Houston Rockets
  4. Sacramento Kings
  5. Detroit Pistons
  6. Indiana Pacers
  7. Portland Trail Blazers
  8. New Orleans Pelicans (via Los Angeles Lakers)
  9. San Antonio Spurs
  10. Washington Wizards
  11. New York Knicks
  12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Los Angeles Clippers)
  13. Charlotte Hornets
  14. Cleveland Cavaliers

Only one team that made the playoffs, the New Orleans Pelicans have picked up a pick in the top 14, thanks to their trade with the Los Angeles Lakers who traded for Anthony Davis back in 2019.

This will be the first time that the Orlando Magic have picked first overall since 2004, when they took Dwight Howard with the pick. However it is their picks in 1992 and 1993 (Shaquille O’Neal and Chris Webber, who they traded away for Penny Hardaway) that will be most enshrined in Magic fans memories.

Continue The Rebuild

The Magic finished with the second worst record in the NBA this season and it is a chance for the organization to continue their rebuild that they started last year when they took Jalen Suggs fifth and Franz Wagner eighth in the 2021 Draft.

Who could the Magic pick? Well any of the big three prospects in the draft, Chet Holmgren of Gonzaga, Auburn’s Jabari Smith and Duke’s Paolo Banchero are now very viable propositions.

It would certainly be a big surprise if the Magic don’t select one of the three big men listed above with that first pick.

Orlando’s head of Basketball operations, Jeff Weltman explained that there would be plenty of discussion behind the scenes for Magic coaches and execs over the coming weeks.

“Obviously with that will come a lot of conversations, and it’ll be interesting to see some of the calls that come up, but mostly it means that we get to familiarize ourselves now with elite prospects and we get to add one to our team.”

Weltman also said that he felt there were “a lot of elite level prospects” in this draft and that the team will consider all those options for that crucial first pick.

“We don’t go into this thing looking to trade out pick. We look to add a really talented, young, high-character guy to our talent base and our roster,” stated Weltman.

And if that does happen, the Orlando Magic should be all the better for it next season.

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