The Orlando Magic now own the best odds of winning the NBA draft lottery. So what will the team do with the pick? For now, and probably until the Magic make their selection on June 27, general manager Rob Hennigan isn't talking specifics. Will the team select a player at a position of need, or will it select a player who possesses the highest upside? "That's a good question," Hennigan said Thursday. "I don't think I know that answer yet. Ideally, you'd like both in the same player. Sometimes that doesn't exist. So it's our job now to spend the next few months to really dig in and do our research and make sure that when draft night comes, we make a good selection." The team almost certainly will bring to Orlando as many potential draft prospects as possible for three-on-three workouts. The goal will be to collect information about players' on-court skills, their personalities and their anthropometric measurements. That information also can be referenced for years to come when, say, the Magic are considering making trades or free-agent signings. The Magic will employ a more systematic approach than they used in the years immediately before Hennigan's hiring. In 2010, the Magic used a late first-round draft pick to select University of Kentucky center Daniel Orton even though the team hadn't worked him out in-person. In 2011, the Magic traded away their second-round picks in 2013 and 2014 to move up in the second round to select University of Richmond forward Justin Harper even though the Magic had had no interviews with him. Orton and Harper are highly thought-of as people, but neither of them is still with the Magic. One possible Magic pick in June is Kentucky center Nerlens Noel, who suffered a serious knee injury during the recently completed college basketball season. Would Noel's knee injury prevent the Magic from considering him? Hennigan wouldn't discuss Noel's situation specifically, but Hennigan spoke in general terms about players who have injury histories.
The Magic will take a systematic approach to draft prep
Orlando Sentinel | Apr 19