Experts Grade the 2010 NBA Draft for the Orlando Magic | Magic Basketball



Jun 25

Experts Grade the 2010 NBA Draft for the Orlando Magic


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  • Daniel Marks of Dime Magazine: “The [Orlando] Magic took Daniel Orton with No. 29. I think Orton can be a solid 10-15 minute rebounding and defensive specialist off the bench, but isn’t that what Marcin Gortat is for? Unless Gortat is about to be traded, this pick makes no sense for a Magic team that was on the cusp of the NBA Finals this year. Even if Gortat is traded, Orton will be relegated to backup minutes for the best center in the game like he was at Kentucky behind DeMarcus Cousins. With Matt Barnes as a free agent, and Jason Williams likely leaving a hole at backup point guard, the Magic should have taken a guy like Armon Johnson, Devin Ebanks or Terrico White instead. At the same time, the Magic may have gotten a real steal though with Stanley Robinson at No. 59 if he can stay focused. Draft Loser
  • Jeff Fox of SLAM ONLINE: “The Magic turned up winners not so much for the players they selected, but rather for the position in the Draft that they were able to get Daniel Orton and Stanley Robinson at. Orton shows tons of promise, so getting him at pick No. 29 could end up being considered a steal in a few years. And Robinson has the length and athleticism that could see him making the team’s roster, which isn’t always the case with the 59th pick. Draft Winner
  • Chad Ford of ESPN Insider: “The Magic had a good draft, potentially striking gold at No. 29 and No. 59 in the draft. But Orlando has a lot of work ahead, because while both Orton and Robinson have the raw tools to succeed, they’re far from being ready to really contribute. Orton is a physical defender in the paint who dropped on draft boards because of concerns about his knees. Robinson is one of the best athletes in the draft, but his skill set is still a work in progress. I expect them both to have at least a full year in the D-League before we hear from them again. Final Grade: B-
  • Tom Ziller of NBA FanHouse: “The Magic took Daniel Orton with the No. 29 pick. Daniel Orton. No. 29. Well done, sirs. (Note: if Orton never pans out, this draft grade entry will self-destruct.) Final Grade: B
  • Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk: “Not great picks, but they used them to get some potential backups for Dwight Howard. If they can do that on the cheap then this looks like a much better draft. Final Grade: C+
  • Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated: “Terrific picks. Daniel Orton was a big-time slider in the days before the draft. Clearly he needs coaching. Enter Stan Van Gundy, one of the best teachers in the game. He needs role models, too. Hello Dwight Howard and Patrick Ewing. Playing behind Howard and under Ewing’s tutelage should accelerate the development of a young player with tremendous physical tools. And if the Magic like what they see of Orton, Marcin Gortat suddenly becomes a trade chip. As far as Stanley Robinson — I watched most of the draft with ex-UConn star Donyell Marshall, who grumbled every time someone passed on Robinson. Marshall contends that Robinson’s game is better suited for the NBA than college. If Robinson can polish his offensive game, Marshall could be proved right. Final Grade: A
  • Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie: “Orton could be a contributor at some point, but it probably won’t be with Orlando, as the Magic need to find whatever magic the Celtics worked with Kendrick Perkins back in 2004-05 (Perk’s second year) to get him on the right track. Robinson is a project as well. Final Grade: B
Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera


I doubt Bosh will come to Orlando. He appears to be Chicago-bound.


I have always believed in quality individuals, build from defense, long term improvement and performance.

The Magic did well with the 2010 draft. There is absolutely no doubt they need more front line rebounding and defensive play. Boston was defeated in the 2009 playoffs by Orlando and returned the favor in 2010.

Chris Bosh is a good friend of Howard and would be a great free agent defensive addition. Daniel Orton can contribute 10-15 minutes off the bench defensively if he stays healthy. We will be championship contenders for years with additional defensive aquisitions. Every NBA team wants to win championships.

We have been and will continue to be contenders for years with a few defensive additions.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera



@Billy (slickw143)

Considering where Orton and Robinson were picked, I thought Otis Smith did a good job of staying true to his word and picking the best players available. Orton and Robinson were projected to be selected higher in the draft than they were, plus given that Pondexter and some of the other targets for the Magic were unavailable, I thought Smith did fine.

@Ryan Cooper


J-Will might come back, but it might be as the third point guard for the Magic. As for Orton, it's going to take time for him to develop but the resources are there for him to succeed. I think it's a bit presumptuous to say he might be a much better back-up to Howard than Gortat. Too early to tell, and Gortat is a starting-caliber center. Orton has some work to do before he can get on that level.

Ryan Cooper
Ryan Cooper

I'm a real big Magic fan here and i liked the pick of Daniel Orton, i was hoping we'd go after a point guard to back up Jameer Nelson because J-Will likely isnt coming back, but i agree with the Orton pick. If he shows the Magic what he is really made of that could open the door for Orlando to trade Gortat and Orton would be a much better backup to Dwight Howard i believe. We'll see what goes down in the next coming months before the 2010-2011 season

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

I agree with the overall sentiment. They're projects, but both with potential to be contributors, and that's all you can ask for at 29 and 59. I do agree with Donyell's sentiment about Robinson though. He does have the potential to be a Trevor Ariza type player, but hopefully without the insistence on taking bad jumpers. I think he's a better finisher than Ariza, or at least has the potential to be. Here's to hoping.