The Orlando Magic had the NBA’s worst record in 2013 and earned the second-overall pick. In 2014, they had the league’s third-worst record and won the fourth-overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft.
Although that’s a tough pill to swallow, the Magic wound up getting the top player on the board in 2013 in former Indiana Hoosiers’ guard Victor Oladipo after the Cavaliers took former UNLV Runnin’ Rebels forward Anthony Bennett with the top pick.
“I think we would’ve liked to have gotten the highest pick possible,” Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said after the ceremony ended via Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel. “I think every team in this situation would’ve preferred that. But we’re happy with the fourth pick. We feel like we can get a good player, and we’ve got our work cut out for us to figure out who that is.”
The Magic were probably hoping to get their hands on former Kansas Jayhawks’ forward Andrew Wiggins, the player they supposedly covet most in the 2014 NBA Draft.
However, the Magic also reportedly greatly value Australian point guard Dante Exum, who will likely be available. If he isn’t that means either Wiggins’ Kansas teammate, center Joel Embiid or former Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker is, so the Magic really aren’t in a bad place.