Things have clearly gotten pretty bad in Magic Land where we turn our focus to the Draft rather than the upcoming Playoffs. Nonetheless, this is part of the process we as fans knew that we were in for two years ago when a certain franchise player was traded away.
Observations, as they pertain to Orlando's selections:
*If the Draft were to go according to records, the Magic would select the Number 3 and 12 picks in this upcoming Draft. Record withstanding, they would hold a 46.9% and 2.5% chance, respectively, of selecting a Top 3 pick, and a 15.6% and a 0.8%(so you're saying there's a chance) opportunity for Orlando to pick the Top player in the Draft.
*Orlando has little opportunity in their WoNK pick improving (by regression in standings)prior to the Lottery. 12th place seems to be safely in hand, especially with the official elimination of New York from playoff contention. Thank you New York, we'll be taking that (by way of Denver trade). Yoink.
*With Orlando having played near .500 ball in their last 10 games (4-6), there are a few teams on the heels of the Magic(23-56) aiming to tank their way to the 3rd worst record. These culprits include the Jazz(24-56), Celtics(25-55), and the Lakers(25-54).
The remaining schedules of this quartet of teams are as follows:
Orlando plays Brooklyn(43-36)Away, Chicago(47-32)Away, and Indiana(54-26)Home, most likely going 1-2 to finish (24-58).
Utah plays Lakers(25-52)Home and Minnesota(40-39)Away, most likely going 1-1 to finish (25-57).
Boston plays Philadelphia(17-63)Away and Washington(42-38)Home, most likely going 1-1 to finish(26-56).
Lakers play Memphis(47-32)Home, Utah(24-56)Away, and San Antonio(62-18)Away, most likely going 0-3 to finish (25-57).
Ok, OPP'ers, thoughts, comments?