With the No. 1 pick, the Orlando Magic need to take … the right guy! | Commentary

Here we are on the verge of the NBA Draft and our local team has the No. 1 overall pick.

As has become custom, it is the job of those in the local and national media to definitively tell the Orlando Magic and Jeff Weltman, the team’s president of basketball operations, whom they should choose and why.


It is our job in the media to write and say things like, “The Magic need a scorer, which means they have to take Auburn power forward Jabari Smith, who is an elite 3-point shooter with the athleticism to create his own shot and to guard multiple positions on defense.”

Or: “The Magic can’t afford to miss on this pick, which is why they must take Duke power forward Paolo Banchero, who is the most NBA-ready of all the top prospects, has great offensive versatility and is a deft ballhandler and passer for a big man.”


Or: “The Magic must find a star, which is why it’s imperative they take Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren, a 7-footer with the most upside of anybody in the draft, exceptional length, lethal 3-point shooting and the ability to protect the rim.”

I’m sorry, but I refuse to take part in this ridiculous ritual of fans and media members acting like we know more than the people who make millions of dollars to evaluate basketball talent.

Go ahead and accuse me of being derelict in my duties…

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