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The Magic ended a 10-game losing streak against the Celtics this past weekend, a streak which dated back to 2013. That’s a long stretch to go winless, and Magic fans are predictably perturbed. But this most recent losing streak shouldn’t make the fanbase catatonic with woe, since there’s a solid reason they were losing a lot: they’re not very good.
A string of losses can be tough for fans, obviously, but this is a unique situation with so many talented college players possibly entering the draft this summer. The Magic had the NBA’s worst record last year, and in turn they got Victor Oladipo in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Oladipo is one of five reasons Magic fans should still be happy right now.
21-year-old Victor Oladipo
‘Dipo is better than Alex Len, who’s only claim to fame is antagonizing the normally light-hearted Swaggy P. The guard out of Indiana is better than Otto Porter and Anthony Bennett (on that latter point, the poor Canadian is on pace to become the worst No. 1 pick in history).
‘Dipo is faster than a hiccup, as Jameer Nelson recently noted, and when seeing him in person, you’re struck by how much bigger and athletic he is when compared to watching him on TV, like a boulder of energy rather than simply a ball. He makes you gasp sometimes, with athleticism that’s like gunpowder waiting for a spark.
So cheer up, the Magic have basically won the 2013 NBA Draft — with their only competition coming from Philly’s Sam Hinkie, a benevolent Bond villain, with an exciting, lengthy point guard in Michael Carter-Williams. But if MCW is the best rookie this season, ‘Dipo is 1B in that discussion. Feel free to add Trey Burke to the mix if you’d like.