Thursday , Jun , 22 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Orlando Magic 2006 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – The future is bright in Orlando. Even though the Magic
finished the 2005-06 campaign with a 36-46 record and did not qualify for the
postseason, they showed that there is a lot for their fans to be excited
about.

Rising superstar Dwight Howard is ready to become an All-Star. The 6-11
forward led the Magic in scoring (15.8 ppg) and rebounding (12.5 rpg) and shot
an impressive 53.1 percent from the floor. Howard, who was the first overall
pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, has flourished in Orlando and is the cornerstone
of this franchise.

Point guard Jameer Nelson had a solid season and is ready to run the offense
on a permanent basis. Nelson averaged 14.6 points and a team-best 4.9
assists. Along with Howard, Nelson gives the Magic two pieces to the puzzle.

Darko Milicic, who was selected second overall by Detroit in the 2003 draft,
was acquired in a trade from the Pistons. The 21-year-old Milicic averaged 7.6
points and 4.1 boards in 30 games in and Orlando uniform. The Magic are
hopeful that the 7-0 Milicic can develop into a productive player.

Guards Carlos Arroyo, Keyon Dooling and DeShawn Stevenson team with Nelson to
give the Magic an athletic backcourt, while forward Hedo Turkoglu can score
from the outside and center/forward Tony Battie is a decent defender and solid
rebounder.

The Magic have the 11th overall pick in round one and a pair of selections
(41st, 44th) in the second round. If Duke guard J.J. Redick is available at
No. 11 the Magic should grab him. Redick would be a nice fit alongside Howard
and Nelson.

Key Player(s): Carlos Arroyo (Guard), Tony Battie (Center/Forward), Keyon
Dooling (Guard), Grant Hill (Forward), Dwight Howard (Forward), Darko Milicic
(Forward) Jameer Nelson (Guard), DeShawn Stevenson (Forward), Hedo Turkoglu
(Forward).

Team Needs: A scoring forward and/or guard.

Draft picks: 1st round (11th overall), 2nd round (41st overall), 2nd round
(44th overall).

ORL