The last year or so has been pretty eventful for the Orlando Magic and not for the right reasons. After losing in the first-round of the playoffs in the NBA Bubble, the Magic entered the 2020-21 season with pretty much the same expectations of being a middle-of-the-pack team in the NBA.
With this team not making any real progress, plus the fact that half their team was dealing with injuries, Orlando’s front-office decided to “sell” at the trade deadline this past year. They traded away All-Star center Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier, but they were able to add some valuable young assets like R.J. Hampton, Wendell Carter Jr. and the 8th pick in this year’s draft via Chicago.
Once again, the Magic are rebuilding and while they have a solid foundation of young talents on their roster already, it is hard to expect this team not to finish as one of the worst teams in the league during the 2021-22 season.
Once again, Orlando should end up with one of the top picks in the draft next year, but before anything happens in terms of next season, the Magic have a lot of their minds this year as they prepare for the 2021 NBA Draft.
With the 5th and 8th picks in this year’s draft, the Orlando Magic have a big chance to add two super talented, young players to their roster, which is why they cannot afford to screw up in this draft. If they are able to get two of the better players in this year’s draft class, the Magic could realistically become a threat in just a matter of years, but if they fail to bring in valuable commodities, then they will be stuck rebuilding for the foreseeable future.
This offseason really is “make-or-break” for Orlando, which is why both of their draft picks are super important this year. We have talked about who the Magic should target with the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, so let’s dive in and see who they could possibly target with the No. 8 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.