The Magic have only three games remaining in their season and are locked into one of the two worst records in the league. Wednesday's win over the Bucks gave the Magic a two-game lead over the Bobcats for the coveted 29th spot in the NBA standings.
It is looking more and more like the standings are going to remain what they are and Orlando will end up with about a 20 percent chance at taking the top overall pick in this June's draft. There is still time for some jockeying.
As we all know, a bad record does not necessarily lead to the top pick. It is a lottery after all. The "tanking" and losing is all for a better chance at the No. 1 pick. The team with the worst record has not won the lottery since the Magic did so in 2004, and that actually came a year after the Cavaliers won the lottery with the worst record in the league in 2003.
Those really were lottery winners as Cleveland took LeBron James and Orlando took Dwight Howard. Unfortunately, it does not seem as though Ben McLemore and Nerlens Noel are quite on those players' level.
Once the season ends and as players begin coming to Orlando for their individual workouts, there will be time to break down the players the Magic will consider for whatever pick the lottery gives them on May 21.
The question posed here is going to be an existential one: How important is the No. 1 pick to the Magic for their development and rebuild this year? Does picking between Noel or McLemore, or wheover else the Magic are considering at this point, really that important?no comments