This time around, there aren’t very many mean tweets. Or punchlines. Or viral memes.
Twitter’s reaction to the Orlando Magic selecting UNC’s Cole Anthony with the 15th pick in the draft was overwhelmingly positive. The reason for that is simple:
The Magic drafted a guard. A guard who can score!
Wingspan, length and defensive ability weren’t the top priorities in this draft for the Magic, who made a selection based simply on need. That, along with Cole’s upside, satisfied a majority of the fanbase.
The tweets, as always, speak for themselves...
The Magic are getting someone who’s ready to work in @The_ColeAnthony— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 19, 2020
Watch the PG’s journey to the NBA draft in “Becoming Cole Anthony” (@FinishLine) https://t.co/haa2DkCOd4 pic.twitter.com/l4etORrXYS
Cole Anthony was #2 in the ESPN150 coming out of high school. Yes, his stock took a big hit - but this is a swing for the fences that isn't a huge gamble outside of the lottery.— Orlando Pinstriped Post (@OPPMagicBlog) November 19, 2020
When asked if being drafted 15th will drive him, Cole Anthony said: "I'm going to be honest with you: I don't think there's 14 people in this draft who are better than me. So that drives me every day. ... I want to be judged by my team play. I want every team I'm on to win."— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) November 19, 2020
I don't know a ton about Cole Anthony but I do know he's the greatest basketball player of his era.— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) November 19, 2020
If you told me last year the Orlando Magic would be drafting Cole Anthony I would’ve assumed we had a top 3 pick— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) November 19, 2020
me, waking up from my nap tonight & seeing the Orlando Magic finally drafted a guard- not another big man. pic.twitter.com/9b3rUS3wJK— EVRYDAY Magic (@EVRYDAYMagic) November 19, 2020
Did someone tie up Hammond and Weltman and make this pick? We're excited!!— Orlando Magic Reddit (@ORLMagicReddit) November 19, 2020
#Magic finally take a shot on a guard. Cole Anthony had a knee injury at UNC and tried to carry one of the worst tar heel teams in years. He wasn't efficient but he's a born scorer and a top HS prospect. This is a guy that could be a star and bucks Weltmans draft trend— Pat Welter (@PatrickWelter) November 19, 2020
Magic Fans:— Jeff WeltGawd (@MagicMan816) November 19, 2020
It's time to get excited for the young core we are building!!
The Magic play two PG line ups all the time. It happens regularly in the league. Stop worrying about fit.— Stephen Cameron (@Stephen0610) November 19, 2020
Cole Anthony to the Magic: A— SB Nation (@SBNation) November 19, 2020
It feels like this pick fills a big need for Orlando and also gives the franchise a player who has more upside than he showed in college. @OPPMagicBlog https://t.co/s3nEgYOhEO pic.twitter.com/U19L2zFReG
The Cole Anthony pick says absolutely zero about Markelle Fultz in my eyes. We constantly complain that we don’t have enough shot creators, we just got one of the best in this draft.— The Sixth Man Show (@SixthManShow) November 19, 2020
Cole: most looking forward to playing with Mo Bamba, his best friend. Played together in HS, FaceTimed 4 times tonight.— Dante Marchitelli (@DanteMagic) November 19, 2020
ITS A GREAT DAY FOR THE ORLANDO MAGIC pic.twitter.com/aTUCAkXNe3— Cole Drewthony (@PlayoffFultz) November 19, 2020
@TheRealMoBamba you finna pick me up from the airport bro?— Cole Anthony (@The_ColeAnthony) November 19, 2020
Spike Lee popped out of nowhere at Cole Anthony’s house pic.twitter.com/iIqcNmgq6K— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) November 19, 2020
Spike Lee's reaction to Cole Anthony getting drafted by the Magic is priceless pic.twitter.com/e18TDhg5Wi— ESPN (@espn) November 19, 2020
From sitting courtside with dad to dad having a front-row seat to the dream.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 19, 2020
Cole Anthony is Orlando bound pic.twitter.com/A7xVPzHmZr
Greg and Cole Anthony are the 8th father-son duo to each be drafted in the Top-15 of the NBA Draft in the Modern Draft Era (since 1966). h/t @EliasSports— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 19, 2020
Most notable other pairs: Joe and Kobe Bryant, Dell and Stephen Curry, Stan and Kevin Love, and Mychal and Klay Thompson. pic.twitter.com/4jl94mmjkR
Thinking about how nothing in this draft beats a Cole Anthony/Chuma Okeke rookie class.— Vågberg (@MagicVagberg) November 19, 2020
Cole Anthony and Chuma Okeke. Can they give out two rookie of the year awards this season?????— O-Town_Daddy (@OTownDaddy1) November 19, 2020
Two potential ROTY candidates on the same team. Unreal pic.twitter.com/IxgTj7l4Bq— Cole Jakethony (@_jakerice) November 19, 2020
We finally got the scorer we needed. I'm so hyped up.— Michelle (@michellebgl_) November 19, 2020
The Magic are gonna be scary if Fultz & Cole Anthony can reach their full potential— ✈️ (@mldiffley) November 19, 2020
The Orlando Magic drafted a guard pic.twitter.com/6vqeMwpz37— Jedi Master JRich (@JRich12k) November 19, 2020
Magic fans after Orlando finally drafted a guard... pic.twitter.com/EOgQeCYu6I— Orlando Pinstriped Post (@OPPMagicBlog) November 19, 2020