Years of rebuilding finally resulted in the ultimate goal.
The Orlando Magic won the NBA Draft Lottery.
That they did so in a year when there is no clear-cut No. 1 overall pick in no way tamed the excitement for a fan base that has had very few meaningful victories since the prize from their last lottery win left town in 2012.
After all of the losses, all of the injuries, all of the trades and all of the lottery disappointments, Orlando finally got top prize, giving a rebuilding team rare national relevance, at least until they make their selection on June 23.
Magic Twitter wasted no time celebrating their long-deserved moment.
As always, the tweets speak for themselves….
Due to travel, internet scarcity & time zones I will not be watching the lottery live. Every year, I park myself in front of the TV like a huge moron to watch us get the fourth pick. The problem, obviously, was that I was watching. The Orlando Magic will win the lottery tonight.— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) May 17, 2022
The previous 3 times the Magic won the lottery it led to NBA finals appearances pic.twitter.com/8yGo13ZjeB— Hard Rock Sportsbook (@HardRockSB) May 18, 2022
Every single time the Orlando magic have had a number one pick they have made the NBA FINALS with that player. Remember that— J.M. (@gamblngdawgownr) May 18, 2022
The Magic already have an excellent young roster.— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) May 18, 2022
• Cole Anthony
• Jalen Suggs
• Franz Wagner
• Mo Bamba
• Jonathan Isaac
• Wendell Carter Jr
• Markelle Fultz
Now… the No. 1 overall pick. pic.twitter.com/toUAGsn2bX
Cole Anthony— Ben Stinar (@BenStinar) May 18, 2022
Wendell Carter Jr.
2022 first overall pick
I’d rather be the Orlando Magic than a team stuck in the middle of the pack ..
Number 1 Baby MOSE I LIKE YO ENERGY— Cole Anthony (@The_ColeAnthony) May 18, 2022
#Magic getting the No. 1 pick for 4th time in team history is definitely “Anything!”— David Steele (@steelemagic) May 18, 2022
If history repeats we’re in store for some big years in the not too distant future!
Magic Fans who lived through this era deserve a top 3 pick, and a signed Franz Wagner jersey. pic.twitter.com/MNwMee221Q— Jeff WeltGawd (@MagicMan816) May 17, 2022
Giving the Orlando Magic the first draft pick pic.twitter.com/qhDFEurZED— BUM CHILLUPS AKA SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) May 18, 2022
Searching Jabari Smith on Google right now… pic.twitter.com/K9YIwGKbWN— Orlando Pinstriped Post (@OPPMagicBlog) May 18, 2022
Chet Holmgren to the Orlando Magic with his childhood friend Jalen Suggs was meant to be— Rob Kimbell (@RobKSports) May 18, 2022
SCREAMING CRYING THROWING UP SLIDING DOWN THE WALL— Michelle (@michellebgl_) May 18, 2022
Orlando gets the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 18, 2022
Will they take Chet? pic.twitter.com/d0J9JvQOaz
The Magic got where they are now because they quit accepting mediocrity. Now they have lots of capspace, some great young talent and the number 1 pick— Johnny Footlong (@RGeezyNBA) May 18, 2022
If I'm Orlando, I lean Jabari Smith ... only bc I was disappointed in Chet Holmgren in the NCAAs. Looked timid, even a little scared. But the 7-foot skill set is RARE - a true long, springy shot-blocker who can shoot 40% from three. They say he's trash-talky tough. I'm not sure.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 18, 2022
THE ORLANDO MAGIC DYNASTY STARTS IN TWO SEASONS.— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) May 17, 2022
The Magic can field this lineup next season— StatMuse (@statmuse) May 18, 2022
G: Bol Bol (7’2")
G: Franz Wagner (6’10")
F: Jonathan Isaac (6’11")
F: Mo Bamba (7’0")
C: Chet Holmgren (7’0") pic.twitter.com/2KQWJbUqtp
How the Magic drafting Jabari Smith pic.twitter.com/aOXotGltpY— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) May 18, 2022