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The Orlando Magic have become so synonymous with having tremendous luck at the NBA Draft Lottery through the years that when their name wasn’t announced Tuesday night as winners of the top pick it came as somewhat of a surprise to those at the NBA Studios.
Instead, the Magic will now have to rely on the draft being what most experts consider to be an extremely deep pool of talent.
Orlando emerged from the NBA Draft Lottery with the fourth pick in the June 26 NBA Draft, something that was nearly in line with the odds entering the draft. The Magic entered the night with the third-best odds to win the first pick by virtue of their 23-59 record this past season. [...]
Orlando also has the 12th pick – compensation from the 2012 trading of Dwight Howard – to give them a second lottery pick with which it can add to the roster.