18-year-old guard Joshua Primo has quickly risen up draft boards to get a first-round grade. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Orlando Magic fans have put a lot of their focus on the Nos. 5 and 8 picks in the upcoming NBA Draft.
For good reason. The team’s biggest need is for a star player. And the odds are better for a team to get its star player at the top of the draft rather than the back end of it. The Magic have a lot of work to do to get their roster back to a playoff level and a lot of work to do to build it back to the level they want it at.
Orlando knows it will not be a one-year turnaround — most likely. They have two key players working their way back from injury and a cadre of young players to grow and develop along with those two rookies.
In a lot of ways, the roster is too young at this point. Someone is going to get squeezed out of the rotation at some point. There just are not enough minutes to go around. And the team has to add some veterans at some point in the process.
Orlando still has plenty of work to do with its roster. But there is one more tool we have often ignored in our coverage leading up to the Draft — the No. 33 pick.
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