First off, Magic fans need to get ready for the upcoming draft. The draft is coming really fast and the selections will be too. The Orlando Magic have a tough situation in their draft war room, which they hold the 11th pick of the draft. This is a tough part of the draft to select someone. Many options, but only one can be selected. Most of them are gambles or players traded to another team, but the player the Magic takes will be a valuable member on what the Magic are trying to build down in Central Florida.
Interestingly, the Magic do have a history with the 11th overall pick. They have picked three players at that spot. Those players are Nick Anderson, who was the first pick in Magic history and a good one, Fran Vazquez, 33, who never came over from Europe, which the Magic still own his rights if he does, and the final 11th overall pick by the Magic was J.J. Redick, who is currently on the Clippers and is a solid role player. Now, it seems like that the Magic have some good luck picking at that spot, so hopefully they can hit the jackpot again.
Furthermore, the Magic seem to be at the spot on taking the best available player, but I think they reach for a player with tons of potential, which you can say he has more or at least the same like Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram. That player is Marquese Chriss, who is a freshman at the University of Washington and plays at the power forward position.
In addition, Chriss played well in his first season, but many people say that he should stay for a year or two more, but he has a chance on being a top 15 pick. Chriss dropped on average 13.7 points per game and crashed the boards for an average of 5.4 rebounds per game. He also recorded 1.6 blocks per game. The 18-year-old power forward is long and athletic with a solid jumper that is quite sound and his explosiveness could bode well for star potential down the road. Chriss will have to work on his defense, but coming off the bench first will provide an instance spark for the Magic offensively. Frank Vogel, who is a great defensive coach, will make Chriss a better defender. They can address their defensive needs via free agency, like bringing in Bismack Biyombo.
Finally, the Magic could also select Chriss’ teammate in Dejounte Murray, who could be the main backup behind Elfrid Payton or they can select Henry Ellenson, who is a power forward and one of the truest stretch fours in this year’s draft.
Prediction: Chriss goes to Orlando and this is the start of something great.