http://prestointhepaint.com/2013/03/09/why-the-magic-need-to-draft-a-perimeter-player-in-the-2013-nba-draft/With the Orlando Magic currently standing at 17-46, it is looking increasingly likely that they will end up having a top five lottery selection in the 2013 NBA Draft. Unfortunately for the Magic there is no clear franchise guy in the 2013 crop of prospects.
Nerlens Noel, Shabazz Muhammad, Ben McLemore, Anthony Bennett and Cody Zeller have all been discussed as possible #1 picks at some point. Oklahoma State freshman Marcus Smart is another name that has received some strong momentum as of late. Despite the lack of a consensus lead pick, there is still quality to be had in the upcoming draft.
Bigs such as Noel, Zeller and Maryland’s Alex Len may be available for the taking but Orlando has a solid foundation going forward when it comes to Centers and Power Forwards.
Nikola Vucevic had solid per-36 minutes stats last season while with the Philadelphia 76ers but has been a revelation for the Magic this season as the starting center, averaging 12.3 points and 11.3 rebounds while playing 32.4 minutes a night. While Vucevic does not appear to have superstar potential, he is only 22 years old and is quickly getting better.
At the power forward position, rookie Andrew Nicholson has done well in stretches and has some David West like elements to his game. Nicholson stands at 6’9”, 250 pounds and has respectable per-36 minute stats averaging 17.8 points and 7.7 rebounds. He has a good feel around the basket, showing off nice touch and shooting 53.5 percent from the field. Nicholson is old for a rookie at 23 but his best basketball playing days appear to be ahead of him.