With all this talk about the draft, I was looking back on former drafts, and asked this question:
I was just looking over the drafts in which the Magic traded picks in that deal, and could not believe who the Magic may have had, if they had kept their picks. Yes, Todd Fuller was picked in 96, and Vince Carter in 98. However, The Magic had a track record of drafting based on position in those years, so who would they have taken? Based on positional needs, they would not have taken a big man in 1996. They had Shaq still, as well as Horace Grant. So who was the next guard or small forward drafted after the 11th pick? Kobe Bryant. True, they may have taken Peja Stojakovic or Steve Nash instead, but that pick would have made a difference. Now, how about the other pick? Vince Carter sounds good, but the Magic needed a big man in the 98 draft, as shown by the fact that they wasted their first two picks on centers. Had they kept the 5th pick, they could possibly have opted for a power forward in Robert Traylor, but more likely would have gone for the 7 footer pick shortly thereafter. Dirk Nowitzki.
So, did the Magic really trade Scott Skiles, Kobe Bryant, and Dirk Nowitzki for Keon Clark and Randy Livingston? Who do you think the Magic would have drafted with those picks?