After 5 straight seasons of anxiety and frustration, many Orlando Magic fans are seeing nothing but little hope and faith in the team. It has been a bumpy few years for the Magic, as they cannot quite put the pieces to the puzzle together and string together a successful season. Whether its the Draft Lottery bad luck to blame, Rob Hennigan’s horrible decision making, or bad draft decisions, there is nowhere to deny that the Orlando Magic have been quite a disappointment. With many questions looming in the air, the ultimate question for Magic fans remains, “where do we go from here?”.
After an absolutely horrible and disappointing 2016-2017 season, Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins finally received a much-needed wake up call. His first act of business since the atrocious season, was the firing of Magic GM Rob Hennigan.
Hennigan was one of the biggest reasons for the Magic’s downfall and made a couple of very questionable decisions. Some of which include trading Tobias Harris for Brandon Jennings and Ersan Illyasova (both left the Magic the next year), trading Victor Oladipo and the 11th pick for Serge Ibaka (who was becoming a free agent next year), and simply making a few preposterous decisions that are unheard of.
With the departure of Rob Hennigan, a few spots in the Magic’s front office opened up, which resulted in the hiring of new President of Basketball Operations, Dave Weltman, and new GM, John Hammond. Weltman and Hammond bring much needed experience to the Magic front office, as both were big parts of playoff contending front offices. Hammond served as the GM of the Bucks, and was the man who ultimately drafted Giannis Antetokounmpo and Malcolm Brogdon, while Weltman served as the GM of the Toronto Raptors. The new Orlando Magic front office looks as solid as its ever been and is the first step to bringing success back to the franchise.
The Magic currently own 4 picks in the top-35, with their highest being the 6th and 25th picks. This draft is said to be one of the most loaded drafts in NBA history, and is full of potential and talent.
If the Magic are to make a big bang, it must be in the draft. With the 6th pick, the Magic have many options such as Malik Monk, D’Aaron Fox, Dennis Smith Jr., Jonathan Isaac, and possibly Jason Tatum. While Malik Monk would help the 2nd-worst 3-point shooting in the league, this pick for the Magic will probably be to draft the best player available, instead of team needs. If the Magic can strike gold in this draft, they have something to look forward to in the near future.
The Magic have a chance to strike big in the draft, and in free agency, ultimately giving the fans something to cheer about once again. If the front office can come together and put a few good decisions together, the Magic can be on their way to a playoff berth in the near future. With a solid front office and amazing minds working together, along with some great uprising players and picks in the draft, the Orlando Magic are on their way to becoming a successful franchise once again.