SE Division: Oladipo latest Magic piece

SE Division: Oladipo latest Magic piece
July 5, 2013, 1:45 pm
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The Wizards have certainly been busy this off-season, but how do they stack up with the other teams in the Southeast Division? After starting in Charlotte with the big-men adding Bobcats, we head to Orlando, where the rebuilding Magic have all kinds of young building blocks.

Last season: 20-62, fifth place; Arron Afflalo led in scoring (16.5), Nikola Vucevic in rebounding (11.9) and Jameer Nelson in and assists (7.4). During the season, the Magic traded second-leading scorer J.J. Redick for a package including promising forward Tobias Harris. 

What's new: Orlando selected Indiana guard Victor Oladipo with the second overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, eliminating any debate in Washington about whether the Wizards should select the local kid with a wicked defensive game. In round two, the Magic tabbed Oklahoma power forward Romero Osby. 

Projected 2013-14 lineup: PF Glen Davis; SF Tobias Harris; C Nikola Vucevic; SG Arron Afflalo; PG Jameer Nelson; Key reserves G Victor Oladipo, F Moe Harkless, F Al Harrington. 

Outlook: First, let's look back so we can offer props to general manager Rob Hennigan. He not only came out ahead on not only last year's Dwight Howard trade (landing Vucevic, Afflalo, Harkless and a bunch of future first round picks) when nobody thought that was possible, but he also stole Harris from Bucks for two months worth of Redick. Leading up to, but also immediately after drafting Oladipo, it was assumed another deal could take place involving Afflalo for a point guard. Instead, it appears the Magic will - at least during summer league - give Oladipo a shot at both guard spots. That's an intriguing use of the former DeMatha product's high energy and savvy talents, but Oladipo would truly have to be Dwyane Wade good to jump the Magic into the playoffs (or past a healthy Wizards squad). Orlando now has some very interesting young pieces, many of which fit together, but there is no obvious star among them, not yet anyway. Eventually Hennigan might need to package some of his assets to acquire a high-end All-Star talent who can lead Orlando back into contention. For now, the Magic have quite the stable of promising options from which to build their hopes and dreams upon. Take that Dwight Howard.

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