Orlando Magic: What Could Have Been?

May 9th, 2010 by Quentin Haynes Leave a reply »
Hindsight is 20/20. NBA fans will always look at the greatest what ifs in history.

"What if Len Bias never died?"

"What if Tim Duncan went to Orlando?"

"What if Portland took Durant over Oden?"

Well, I have another one. This one isin't as bad as the three I mentioned. The Orlando Magic are currently looking to sweep the Atlanta Hawks and move on to their second consecutive Eastern Conference Finals. With players like Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis, Vince Carter and Jameer Nelson leading the way-one must wonder this:

What if the Orlando Magic didn't waste two lottery picks?

Confused? Well, don't be. I'll bring you back.

June 28, 2005: The 2005 NBA draft. After a ROY season from Dwight Howard, The Magic missed the playoffs and had the 12th overall pick in the draft. The belief was Orlando wanted more beef with Howard inside. Orlando had Hedo Turkoglu, Jameer Nelson, and Dwight Howard as their main three.

With the 12th overall pick, The Orlando Magic took Fran Vasquez from Spain. At the time? Great move. Vasquez was seen as another inside player who could bang down low. Draftexpress viewe ...

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