With Sunday's loss to the Bucks, the Magic were officially eliminated from Playoff contention. The NBA Draft Lottery will be the first major event of the offseason for the Magic.
As things stand right now, Orlando has the second worst record in the league and therefore the second best chance at gaining the top pick. It does not seem likely Orlando will move up or down, so the team should have about a 20 percent chance to get the top pick.
The 2013 NBA Draft Lottery takes place on May 21, if you want to mark your calendars now.
The NCAA Tournament kicks off this week and, rightly or wrongly, it is the first time many NBA fans get a close look at the top prospects entering the NBA Draft.
Seeing as there are the most games during the first week of the Tournament -- and no guarantee the top picks make it past the opening weekend -- this is the time to do your NBA Draft cramming, Magic fans.
Throughout the week, there will be several Draft-focused posts on this site in addition to game posts and Magic posts. I have a Q&A planned with Ed Isaacson of NBA Draft Blog and I highly suggest you visit his site to get a very detailed look at the NBA Draft prospects. He should be doing profiles of some of the bigger draft prospects in the coming days.
Also I have set up an official Orlando Magic Daily NCAA Tournament pool on ESPN.com. Visit ESPN.com and search for "Orlando Magic Daily". The password is "dwightcoward". If enough people enter, I may dig into my old basketball card collection and offer a team set of Magic basketball cards (probably like 10 cards from a specific year or something like that). We will see how it goes.
For now, set your DVRs and calendars for these games as they feature the top prospects for the NBA Draft:no comments