On Friday night, the Orlando Magic rallied to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder are Tobias Harris’ buzzer-beating dunk.
Although the Magic are just 15-37 and seem destined for another top three pick (They took Indiana’s Victor Oladipo with the second overall pick last year), Kevin Durant, like many pundits, thinks they are on the right track.
“They have a really good team,” Durant told Basketball Insiders. “The record doesn’t really tell how good a team they have from top to bottom. From Jameer (Nelson) to (Arron) Afflalo to Tobias Harris and (Nikola) Vucevic—all those guys have put up big numbers in this league.”
The Thunder were built through the draft and Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan played a large part in helping the Thunder become what they are today as a former Thunder executive.
“It’s all about being patient and having faith and trust in the GMs and coaches to get your team better and bring in guys that fit the character and identity you want to have in your organization,” Durant said.
Hennigan has been acquiring draft picks and young players, much like the Thunder did.
Of course, there is one problem with this model.
The Magic don’t have anyone resembling a guy like Durant.
In fact, nobody does.