Rob Hennigan selected Osby with the 51 pick in the 2013 draft. I believe this pick gives us some further clues into how Rob Hennigan is constructing this team. So who is this under the radar prospect? Here is a quick breakdown of Romero Osby.
First of all Tobias Harris clone. Seriously no joke it's scary! For the 51 pick in the draft Magic fans should be excited! Let me digress.
Draftexpress predraft measurements
Tobias/Romero side by side. Height 6'.6.5"/6'.6" wingspan 6'11"/ 6'10" No step vert 31.5/ 31.5, max vert 37.5/ 35.5 bench press 12/13, lane agility 10.96/12.11, 3/4 sprint 3.17/ 3.35. Tobias definitely is more agile and can play a little higher above the rim.
Romero projects to be a borderline combo forward. In an interview with hoopsworld he stated that he believes he can play the SF in the NBA. He says he played a little bulkier at Oklahoma and also played down low not allowing him to showcase his shooting stroke.
The statistics reveal he may be on to something. In his career he has made 40 of 102 from the three point line averaging a respectable .392% albeit in a limited sample size. In his last collegiate season he was. 794% from the charity stripe. He averaged 16 pts 7 boards in 28 minutes of work. He also displays a true shooting percentage of .604% oh and did I mention he had a per of 28.9 "bam"!
In breaking down his tape I was very impressed! He shoots really well not only in spot up situations but especially off the bounce! He is definitely comfy with the rock in his hands. He was quoted as saying he played point forward in high school and it shows. He has a nice post game with the ability make hook's, running hook's using both the left and the right hand. He uses his strength and athleticism to drop the hammer with thunderous dunks! He also leverages his strong frame to box out for tip in's and put backs.
So who is Romero Osby and why is he now a member of the Magic? He is a prototypical "Hennigan" guy. High character, hard worker, just a good human being! At 23 he's a husband and father. In workouts he was described as a coach on the floor.
Is it just me or is Rob Hennigan trending with the movement in the league to smaller line ups. Small ball transition basketball. With rumors of the Magic coveting players like Bledsoe, Marcus Smart. Does this shows us the direction of our team? Fast, athletic, transition team with ferocious defense? Were does that leave Vucevic?