A couple weeks ago, after we KNEW that John Wall was going to the Wizards, I wrote a post about the fact the Wizards have not been the greatest franchise in the world at developing its draft picks. The teams 2 best recent players (Arenas and Jamison) were both free agents and not drafted by the Wizards. But, now that we know where all 5 UK guys are headed, I thought I would look at all 5 teams and just how well they have drafted and developed their first round draft picks.
I have also noted where new GM’s have taken over franchises so you get an idea of how the current front office of each team has performed.
Good Picks in Blue
Bad Picks in Red
Still Not Proven in Green
(If a guy never averaged over 10 PPG at any point in his career, I consider that a bad pick)
DANIEL ORTON (ORLANDO)
2000: Mike Miller (5th)
2001: Steven Hunter (15th), Jeryl Sasser (22nd)
2002: Ryan Humphrey (19th)
2003: Reece Gaines (15th)
NEW GENERAL MANAGER
2004: Dwight Howard (1st), Jameer Nelson (20th)
NEW GENERAL MANAGER
2005: Fran Vazquez (11th)
2006: JJ Redick (11th)
2008: Courtney Lee (22nd)
Recap:Early in the decade, the Magic were TERRIBLE in the draft. Besides taking Mike Miller, who never scored under 12PPG for the Magic, Hunter, Sasser, Humphrey, and Gaines all bombed out of the league within 3 seasons. But then new management came in at just the right time, and drafted Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson, which is basically the core of the team still today. Fran Vazquez decided to stay in Spain, so that pick was wasted, but JJ Redick has been decent for the Magic, and seems to be improving each year, even breaking into the starting lineup at times this season. Courtney Lee was a starter on the Finals team in his rookie season, and even though he was traded for Vince Carter in the off-season, I think he was still a good pick for the Magic.
So, the Magic have a recent history of being good judges of talent, so that bodes well for Daniel Orton. He obviously will be sitting the bench alot with Dwight Howard in front of him, andhe likely won’t last more than a couple years in Orlando. But if he can show some offensive skills during his time in Orlando, he could very easily get a nice deal with another NBA team, much in the same way Nazr Mohammed and Jamaal Magloire have done with their careers.