One of the noted aspects of the 2013 NBA draft class is that it lacks top-end talent. There are no franchise players. There are also very few All-Stars. The draft almost makes up for it though by offering a lot of players who can eventually become very solid role players.
Even rebuilding teams like the Magic are not always seeking to land just home run prospects. Teams carve their destiny not only with their top selections, but also with those that end up falling throughout the latter parts of the first round.
The Magic have no such picks this year, and draft picks are more valuable than ever with the new terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The Magic, in fact, lack a lot of suitable pieces to even deal for these mid-first type selections, but that won’t be the case after this year’s draft. Picks are owed by the Lakers, Sixers and Nuggets from the 4-team Dwight Howard deal, and the Magic will seek to obtain as many picks as they can between now and the 2014 draft.
If the Magic are able to dangle Jameer Nelson, Glen Davis—or, even Arron Afflalo—and can snag a first round pick for any of the trio, while perhaps even taking on a year or two of a bad contract, Rob Hennigan would be at a difficult crossroad.
Does he take the bad contract to land the pick, or just make due with what the team has currently?
Some players that could make it worth Hennigan’s while to obtain such a pick will be shown here. It may be a prospect that is ultimately unrealistic, but four guys should appeal to Hennigan.