11. Orlando Magic: SF Martell Webster, Seattle Prep HS
The Magic have a great nucleus of talent, so they can afford to take their time developing a high school phenom like Webster. With Grant Hill's injury problems, the team will look to replace the former All-NBA'er a year or two down the road. Webster will have minimal Fantasy value next year, but has tremendous upside for the future.
#11: Orlando: D
Fran Vazquez, PF, Spain (#11) Travis Diener, PG, Marquette (#38) Marcin Gortat, C, Poland (#57)
The Magic surprised almost everyone by taking Fran Vazquez, a player whos stock had taken a hit because of the fact that he only did two workouts in New York before the draft for any interested NBA team. According to those in the gym, those workouts went fairly poorly. What is more surprising about this pick is the fact that the Magic had some serious holes to fill on the wing, and despite having some fantastic players to choose from including Danny Granger, Gerald Green, Joey Graham and Antoine Wright, they decided to pick a player who doesnt fill a need was the best player available on the board. In the 2nd round, they took Travis Diener, a terrific college player who brings them some of the perimeter shooting they are sorely lacking, but will be stuck behind Jameer Nelson and Steve Francis for the time being. In the late 2nd round they acquired Marcin Gortat, an extremely raw big man who will most likely never see an NBA floor and was discarded by the Phoenix Suns for over 500,000$. Multiple teams wanted to buy a pick in the late 2nd to acquire a player they coveted, but were turned off by the ridiculously high prices that teams were asking for this late in the draft. - Source: http://www.draftexpress.com/article/200 ... ades-1029/ ©DraftExpress
PICK NBA TEAM ACTUAL SELECTION TODAY'S PICK
11 MAGIC Fran Vazquez Danny Granger
REVIEW: Vazquez was projected in the top five of most mock drafts in the days leading up to the draft, but several teams backed off the shot-blocking center following a workout in New York City. The Magic were not in attendance at that workout, but picked Vazquez when he plummeted to No. 11. Vazquez visited Orlando the day after the draft, posing for pictures next to the lockers of Grant Hill and Tracy McGrady, but he never returned to Central Florida after signing a professional contract in Spain. The Magic have continued to monitor Vazquez, who would likely be a reserve role player in the NBA, but there have been few attempts to bring him to Orlando because of his reluctance to leave Spain and the lofty buyout in his contract. Had Orlando drafted Granger, they likely never would have had to spend $118 million on Rashard Lewis in 2008.
The Magic were granted a disabled player exception for Aminu but were denied another one for Isaac’s injury.
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