An open letter from Orlando Magic fans to the NBA Draft Lottery Gods 2021 edition

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We are fans of the Orlando Magic. within the past, you treated us alright, particularly within the early 1990s once you so generously awarded us the primary overall pick in back-to-back years. In 1993, the Magic had just a 1-in-66 chance of winning the highest pick. A 1.53 percent chance of winning. And still, you chose us. We last wrote to you in 2018, posing for your help once we were so desperate for a top-three pick with Luka Doncic and Trae Young within the draft class. Our prayers went unanswered because the Magic got the fifth pick and ended up with Mo Bamba.

Bamba is yet to prove his worth because of the No. 6 overall picks, but the Magic did continue to finish their seven-year postseason drought the subsequent season, making brief appearances within the first round for 2 straight seasons. But now we’re back, and that we need you quite ever. Because we went through hell to return to the NBA Draft Lottery. We watched the 2 most promising players on our team – Jonathan Isaac and Markelle Fultz – suffer torn ACLs.

We witnessed the Magic lose more players to injury last season than any team within the league, leaving us with starting lineups that seemed like this… We went through a trade deadline firesale that sent Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, and Evan Fournier packing and made the target very clear: we’d like some luck within the draft lottery. We rooted for losses and got many of them, finishing 21-51, just to urge back to you with the simplest chance of you helping us out. But over the last decade approximately, you appeared to have forgotten about the Magic and their loyal, tortured followers. and since of that, we now need you quite ever.

The Magic need quite only one lucky bounce on Tuesday night, with the potential to have two top-ten picks if the Chicago Bulls’ pick acquired within the Vooch trade falls outside of the highest four. The odds say that it should and that we got to form sure it happens, preferably at No. 8… The Magic have won quite 40 games during a season just one occasion within the last decade, cycling through four coaches within the process. And despite being one among the league’s bottom feeders for much of the last decade, with a quick cameo in mediocrity (a.k.a. Purgatory), the Magic have landed a top-three pick just one occasion therein span.

That came in 2013 when there have been no sure things and therefore the Magic selected Victor Oladipo with the second pick. Oladipo didn’t prove that the Magic made the proper pick until he became an All-Star this season….in Indiana. In 2014, the Magic selected Aaron Gordon with the fourth pick. He occasionally showed flashes of a breakout that never came and is now putting his inconsistency on full display in Denver. In 2015, the Magic selected Mario Hezonja with the fifth pick. Enough said. In 2016, the Magic selected Domantas Sabonis with the 11th pick. He was essentially a contribute to what proved to be a disastrous draft-night trade and is now an All-Star in Indiana.

In 2017, the Magic selected Jonathan Isaac with the sixth pick. Isaac was having a breakout season until he suffered his first knee injury on January 1, 2020. He has since played a grand total of 31 minutes. And more painful than the minimal return on investment the Magic have received on the players they did draft within the lottery are the near-misses, having omitted by one pick on Joel Embiid in 2014 and Kristaps Porzingis in 2015 and Trae Young in 2018. The Magic can’t afford to be one pick away anymore, not with the team sharing the simplest odds to urge the primary overall pick and therefore the right to draft Cade Cunningham…

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