In a fully-loaded draft class, there are options aplenty for Orlando, with several avenues to pursue, but one shines through brighter than all — Malik Monk.
Draft Profile: Malik Monk
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Not only is this the most realistic selection the Magic should consider, it is likely the best fit, too. In a draft filled to the brim with offensive weaponry and firepower, the Magic could do a lot worse than the second-highest scoring freshman in the country, Monk.
If Orlando’s dismal year this past season has made anything alarmingly clear, it’s that they need some more firepower and a major bench reconstruction.
Although they desperately need a small forward in the worst way after trailing Aaron Gordon unsuccessfully at the position and losing veteran Jeff Green, Monk would still be a good fit. Although many would argue it would make more sense to draft Jonathan Isaac or Jayson Tatum who offer a larger degree of versatility or maybe a point guard, drafting Monk could potentially push starting two-guard Evan Fournier to the three.
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It is fair to say the Magic are right back where they started after yet another failed ‘experiment’, and with a plentiful amount of selections in the upcoming draft, gives them another chance to try again. While this season the Magic attempted to play big, with Nikola Vucevic, Bismack Biyombo and Serge Ibaka amongst the starters and sixth man spots, it wouldn’t hurt to attempt the opposite and play small, prioritising offense.
Playing small with the right pieces could work for Orlando, just look at how effortlessly simple it is for the Golden State Warriors, albeit a far superior roster. With pass-first point guard Elfrid Payton able to facilitate Monk, Fournier and Vucevic along the perimeter and in the post, you’re looking at a completely different dynamic for the Magic; an offensive one. It would be foolish of Orlando to pass on Monk if no other small forward were available.
One of the luxuries the Magic can afford is passing on a point guard with their sixth pick and waiting ’til their later pick at #25 to select a backup guard to starter Payton. If they aim to select a player like Derrick White or Jawun Evans at 25, who would both add some bite to Orlando’s second unit, then it would make far more sense to draft a wing at #6.
All in all, without Rob Hennigan at the helm, the Magic are unlikely to get this pick drastically wrong like they have with draft selections in the past, and can begin to look ahead to a bright future.