The Magic have a lot of needs right now. This is, after all, Year Two of a rebuild that could take several years to complete. Certainly it will take another year. The Magic are not in a hurry to win quite yet -- the 2014 Draft and 2015 free agent class is when Orlando appears to be planning to make their major moves for the future.
That does not mean Orlando is not thinking about the future. Acquiring Nikola Vucevic, Maurice Harkless and Tobias Harris were moves with an eye toward the future and collecting assets the Magic can begin rebuilding with and around. This year's Draft pick -- or whatever it becomes -- will be part of that.
And so with some solid young pillars in place at center, power forward and small forward, a lot of fans have turned their attention toward the point guard position. That is where longtime starter Jameer Nelson has manned the helm, but everyone sees the end of his career coming -- or at least he end of his effectiveness as a starter. His value as a leader could quickly become outstripped by his physical limitations as an aging veteran.
In steps the fascination with Trey Burke, perhaps the best point guard available in this Draft.
Burke is a strong point guard candidate who very well could have been a first round pick after his freshman year two years ago. His decision to stay proved to be a good one as he improved and led Michigan to the national championship game.
He showed better leadership and some improvement with his shooting and point guard abilities. He did not answer all the questions though about his weaknesses -- such as his quickness or his overall skills as a potential NBA point guard.
When it comes to being the leader a point guard needs to be, nothing is better than reaching the national championship game. That is where Michigan got for the first time since the Fab Five (if we are still counting those wins, which is another issue entirely).
Still, there is some leeriness about using the No. 2 overall pick on Burke. Scouts still have their questions about him even though he has done about everything he can as a college point guard.