On Tuesday night, the NBA Draft Lottery was held and the Orlando Magic learned that they have the fifth and eighth overall picks in the 2021 draft.
As a team that went just 21-51, there are plenty of needs for Orlando and a number of directions it could go. Options include players from overseas and more commonly, from U.S. colleges and universities.
Throughout the Magic’s relatively short history, there are a number of schools to produce Orlando draft picks. Some however, have done so more often than others.
Here’s a look at the schools that have produced the most picks by Orlando:
Picks: Rodney Dent (31st overall in 1994), Daniel Orton (29th overall in 2010), DeAndre Liggins (53rd overall in 2011), Jarred Vanderbilt (41st overall in 2018)
Overview: The Orlando Magic have picked players from Kentucky more often than any other school, but the dividends have been small. No Kentucky player selected by Orlando ever went higher than 29th. Neither Rodney Dent nor Jarred Vanderbilt, who was traded to the Denver Nuggets on draft night, ever played in a game for the Magic. Daniel Orton and DeAndre Liggins combined for only 33 games and two starts with Orlando.
Picks: Brian Williams (10th overall in 1991), Miles Simon (42nd overall in 1998), Aaron Gordon (4th overall in 2014)
Overview: The next group of Wildcats to appear on the list fared a little better. Miles Simon played in just five games for Orlando, but Brian Williams and Aaron Gordon enjoyed productive NBA careers. Williams – later known as Bison Dele – spent two seasons with Orlando and made two starts, but averaged better than nine points and nearly six rebounds as a rookie during the 1991-92 season. Gordon was traded at the deadline this season, but ranks in the top 10 in Orlando history in games played, rebounds, blocked shots and triple-doubles.
Picks: Stanley Roberts (23rd overall in 1991), Shaquille O’Neal (1st overall in 1992), Geert Hammink (23rd overall in 1993)
Overview: Three of Orlando’s first nine picks ever came from LSU and all three were big men. Stanley Roberts was productive in his only season with Orlando, averaging 10.4 points and 6.1 rebounds as a rookie during the 1991-92 season, but he was quickly replaced by his college teammate and perhaps the greatest player in franchise history in Shaquille O’Neal. In four seasons with Orlando, O’Neal made the NBA All-Star Game every year and won his first of two scoring titles. O’Neal helped guide Orlando to its first NBA Finals appearance in 1995 and remains the franchise’s all-time leader in player efficiency rating and blocks per game. He ranks second in franchise history in points and rebounds per game. Hammink played in just five games in three seasons with the Magic.
Schools with Two Orlando Picks: Alabama, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Marquette, Maryland, North Carolina, UNLV