GM: Andy Livingston
The trade that brought us here:
Orlando trades: Pick #4
Boston: Pick #16, 1st round pick in 2016 (from BKN)
From GM Livingston:
I honestly felt like that outside of the top 4, the big men were more or less on a similar level and the prospect of adding another possibly lottery pick in the Nets (via Celtics) for 2016 sounded too good to pass up on a team that couldn't really get a bench in order last season.
And with the 16th pick in the draft, GM Andy Livingston and the Orlando Magic select:
16) Bobby Portis, Power Forward from Arkansas
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From GM Andy Livingston:
The 6-foot-11 Razorback fulfills two needs the Magic lacked last season: a power forward who can score. Orlando were 25th in Points Per Game, averaging a measly 95.7 and they really need someone with offensive creativity to make up the deficits that Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton are still working out. Last season at Arkansas, Portis averaged 17.9ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.2 assists and 1.4 blocks. He showed a great ability to be all over the floor, but still managed to produce well. He can run the floor, shoot with a high percentage and has ability as a spot up shooter.
Couple that with a defense that is already good, a big size and pairing him in the frontcourt with (hopefully returning) Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic and new head coach Scott Skiles has a defensive foundation to be molded. His size and shooting puts in that coveted Stretch 4 position that is the Maltese Falcon of current day NBA. Although he needs some work offensively to grind it out in the post instead of always running, catching him at the middle of the first round is an instant upgrade over the woeful Magic power forward position.
It doesn't fix all of the problems, the Magic bench is a horror show, and could possible make some of that 4 spot on the bench expendable to bolster some help. Kyle O'Quinn still has a qualifying offer coming his way that the Magic seem intent on picking up and Maurice Harkless has voiced his excitement over new regime change, but both of them could barely get on the floor and could be looked to move. At 20 years old, Portis could add to the young core of the Magic and making a starting five (with Aaron Gordon coming off the bench) that would create a dynamic chemistry. It also means with his young age that the Magic are STILL not there yet, which is truly a frustration for management and the fans. Grabbing what could be a lottery pick for next year will also help fortify that bench, but a real life team is on the verge of fruition in Orlando and that's has to be pretty satisfying in the last five years post-Dwight Howard.
Up next we've got the Milwaukee Bucks and GM Jill Kong at #17!
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|#3||Timberwolves (from 76ers)||Jonah Jordan||D'Angelo Russell|
|#4||Raptors (from Knicks)||Arkm110||Emmanuel Mudiay|
|#5||Celtics (from Magic)||HEARNBURN||Kristaps Porzingis|
|#6||Kings||Jonah Jordan||Mario Hezonja|
|#7||Nuggets||Joe Witherwax||Justise Winslow|
|#8||Heat (from Pistons)||Mopo123||Stanley Johnson|
|#10||Suns (from Heat)||nickbushart||Frank Kaminsky|
|#11||Pacers||Andrew Ford||Cameron Payne|
|#13||Pistons (from Heat via Suns)||Matthew Bishop||Sam Dekker|
|#14||Thunder||ljjung||Kelly Oubre, Jr.|
|#16||Magic (from Celtics)||Andy Livingston||Bobby Portis|
|#20||Thunder (from Raptors)||ljjung|
|#23||Trail Blazers||Edwin Ortiz|