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