Is anyone else sick of the daily 2014 NBA Draft talk on this site? The back and forth discussion about these prospects is making me desensitized to this whole process and group of prospects. Before you immediately think aloud "we stink, what else is there to look forward to as a fan base", let me remind a few of you there are more events that need to occur before the supposed franchise saving pick occurs.
The college seasons is LONG from over. There are sill meaningful conference, conference tournament, and NCAA tournament games to be played. What is the point of the endless ranking of players, mock draft boards, statements of preference, mock depth charts, etc. that appear in the FanPosts and Comments? These lists are likely to change numerous times again before the college season ends.
I realize this draft class is absolutely loaded, NBA GM's and scouts have been excited about these players for a long time. All of this hype has surely excited our fan base as well. With that being said, I urge fans to remember, whoever the player is that gets selected by Orlando is not going to help this team contend right away. All the talent and upside in the world will not help the Magic get into the playoffs right away, even in a weak Eastern Conference. This team, and it's current leadership, are in no hurry. We will select a very good player in June. He may even grow into a franchise player. But 2014 likely will not be the draft that keep us out of the lottery again anytime soon, we are still a few years away from being elite. I know Orlando fans are some of the most educated and understanding fans in sports, but I just warn some of you. Don't overhype these guys (Parker, Wiggins, Embiid, etc.) so much in your minds that you immediately will become disappointed in 2014 if results don't turn around quickly in our favor.
What else is there to talk about during a bottom-dwelling season? The upcoming trade deadline, rotations, minutes, performance of some of our young core actually on the team, in-game analysis, etc. Watch the conference tournaments. Watch the NCAA tournament. Watch as much basketball as you can (instead of simply crunching numbers...it could help a lot this summer with writing a more convincing argument about who to draft when advocating for a certain player). Wait to see if NY and Denver miss the playoffs or not. Watch the draft lottery with fingers crossed. Follow who Orlando brings in for pre-draft workouts. Then we, as Magic fans, can really have productive discussion about the draft.
Until then, patience.