Orlando Magic News & Notes: April 29
“We have proven now time and time again over 25 years that when we go through a transition period we come out of it quickly. And we come out of it to the extent where we are competitive at the highest levels of the NBA,’’ Martins said earlier this week while the Magic were opening an 11th Reading and Learning Center at the Rosemont Community Center in Orlando.
“The statistics bear (the quick turnaround) out,’’ Martins continued. “In my opinion, we’re setting ourselves up to be successful moving forward. And in the very near future, we’ll be in a position again to compete for a conference championship and a NBA championship. All of the moves made this year and the ones to come in the future will be done in order to build that success on the court.’’
This draft class is widely considered to be a weak one. No single player has been labeled by consensus as a perennial future all-star such as 2011 top overall pick Kyrie Irving and 2012 top overall pick Anthony Davis were when they were selected.
That said, it’s critical for the Magic to make the most of their draft opportunity — to select a player who has the best long-range potential to be an all-star.
Burke is a smart guard who has the ability to shoot from anywhere on the floor and create for teammates with a low turnover rate. Isn’t that what you want from your starting point guard? His defensive woes are there but Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard aren’t good (or even decent) defenders yet either. I imagine that, despite what his critics say, he will find a starting spot in the NBA for years to come.
I don’t mind Vučević parking himself at the elbow, though: he has above-average passing instincts for a big man, and stationing him there doesn’t affect his rebounding in a significant way. But he’s too big, too long, and too active inside to averaged just 1.6 free-throw attempts per game. He needs to work on drawing more contact in order to become a more efficient and complete offensive player.
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