The reaction in the Magic media room when Adam Silver announced the Magic had drafted Romero Osby with the 51st pick in the NBA Draft, there was a collective shrug and some questions of "Who is he?" Sure, Steve Kyler and Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld had raised the possibility of the Magic (or any team) selecting him in the second round.
They appeared to be right and raved about the hard work he had put in to get noticed. And it is most likely this work ethic (just like with Victor Oladipo) that caught Rob Hennigan and the Magic's eye.
It should not have been lost that while Oladipo was wearing a suit and was all smiles after being selected with the second overall pick, Osby was wearing a Magic warmup shirt. He could very well have been fresh from the practice court -- if it were not being used for a season ticketholder fantasy basketball camp.
Like Oladipo, Osby is not a finished project. He has cut his teeth in the college doing the little things and doing the most with his talent. In other words, just what the Magic are looking for in a young player, even with a long shot at making the roster.
"I'm a team-first guy. I'm all about the Orlando Magic now just like I was about the University of Oklahoma," Osby said. "I'm more accustomed to going out there and fighting for my teammates every night. Listening to coach, whatever coach wants me to do. Whatever position he wants me to play, I'll play it.
"[I am] somebody who is strong enough to guard bigger players, and can move his feet and guard quicker players as well, and rebounding aspect to the game and able to score the ball in different ways. It's something I know I can bring to the team."
That does about describe Osby.
He is listed at 6-foot-7 but plays more like a power forward, using his athleticism around the basket to get rebounds and score at the college level. He definitely looks like a powerful and strong guy. The versatility to potentially get out to the perimeter and guard multiple positions is enticing.
There are still the shortcomings. Osby is the definition of a tweener and his jump shooting oculd use improvement and more confidence.no comments