Editor’s note: Which 2014 NBA Draft Pick Is Best Fit the Orlando Magic? is a guest post from Justin Becker of FantasyBasketballMoneyLeagues.com. You can follow the Fantasy Basketball Money Leagues Google+ Page, and for more Orlando Magic Rumors visit Fantasy Basketball Money Leagues, a fantasy basketball blog.
The Orlando Magic currently hold the third-worst record in the NBA at 21-52. Behind the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers, they are guaranteed a top 5 pick when the 2014 NBA Draft rolls around. With the upcoming draft being full of potential, the Magic could find themselves getting a very good basketball player that will fit perfectly in their rebuilding process.
Not only will the Orlando Magic have a guaranteed top-five pick, but they will also hold another first-round pick that will end up somewhere in the top 15. That pick is the result of the Dwight Howard trade. Whoever finishes with the better record this season, between the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks, the Magic will get their first round pick. As it stands right now, that pick will most likely be between a late lottery pick and a mid-first-rounder.
Now, let’s take a look at who the Magic would benefit off of most with their top five pick.
Andrew Wiggins, Small Forward – Kansas
Andrew Wiggins has been a bit of a roller coaster this season with Kansas, proving to be very inconsistent. At the beginning of the season, he was hyped up as the next LeBron James, but ended up struggling through the beginning of the year. Now, however, he is finally living up to the hype and playing significantly better.
Wiggins is a solid scorer, a fairly good rebounder and highly athletic. He may be the most athletic player on the draft board, given his incredible first step and his elite leaping ability. There is no doubt that he is the most talented transition player in the country. Although the biggest knock on him is his offensive assertiveness, Wiggins does thrive as a superb defender.
Wiggins has the chance to become a star in the NBA if his offensive mentality grows more dominant. As of right now, he will have games where he is the best player in the country, but then he’ll have games where you don’t even know he is in the building. For the Magic, Wiggins would fit in great. His young and athletic frame and his ability to defend, score and get up down in transition would fit perfectly with Orlando. Orlando struggles in basically all of those categories, making him a great pick.
Aside from his play on the court, adding such a “hyped-up” name to their roster could bring a lot of excitement and potentially jolt some life back in Orlando. He has an advantage of being able to come in with the ability to start and contribute from the get-go.