2011 NBA Draft Lottery: Dwight Howard and Orlando Magic's 10 Best Lottery Picks
The next year, the Magic only had a one in 66 chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick but miraculously the Magic managed to snag it anyway. This time they used their pick to draft All-American Chris Webber, of Michigan's Fab Five. Webber was immediately traded to the Golden State Warriors for the later beloved Penny Hardaway.
Orlando spent their most recent No. 1 overall pick to acquire high school prodigy, Dwight Howard. And so far their pick looks like it is paying off considering that Howard has averaged a double-double every season he has played for the Magic, and has already led them back to the NBA Finals in 2009.
The Magic have experienced a great deal of luck with the lottery that in-turn has led to them in acquiring some key players and here's how they rank...
10. Fran Vasquez
With the 11th pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic selected Fran Vasquez of Spain.
After being drafted by the Magic, Vasquez informed them that he would be returning to Europe to continue his basketball career. Vasquez has yet to suit up for the Magic making a mockery of Orlando's 2005 lottery pick.
9. Brian Williams
Brian Williams was Orlando's selection when they had the 10th overall pick in the 1991 NBA Draft.
Williams played two lackluster seasons for the Magic. During his rookie year, he averaged 9.1 points per game (PPG), but his offensive output dipped to 4.6 PPG as he was overshadowed by Shaquille O'Neal the following season.
After the 1992-1993 season, Williams took his talents to Denver.
8. Keyon Dooling
Keyon Dooling was selected 10th by the Magic in the 2000 NBA Draft after they had already selected Mike Miller in the five spot. Dooling was immediately traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Though he didn't play his first years in Orlando, he eventually found his way into a Magic uniform in the 2005-2006 season. He played two more seasons with the Magic before being traded to the New Jersey Nets. Dooling has yet to put up big assist or scoring numbers in Orlando or elsewhere, making him, thus far, a draft day dud.
7. J.J. Redick
With the 11th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, Orlando selected J.J. Redick.
Redick has found his niche in Orlando as he has become a proficient three-point shooter. This season he became a more aggressive player and began attacking the basket in an effort to find additional ways to become involved in a sharp shooting Magic offense.
Redick shows promise for Orlando's future but, aside from being a part of the 2008-2009 Magic team that reached the NBA Finals, he has not done much to earn him a better spot on the list.
6. Mike Miller
After averaging over 11 PPG and shooting over 40 percent from behind the arc in his rookie season, Mike Miller won the 2001 Rookie of the Year Award. The award vindicated Orlando's decision to draft Miller with their fifth overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft.
Miller played about another season and a half with the Magic before he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. In that additional season and a half, Miller continued to improve and eventually averaged 16.4 PPG for the Magic in the 49 games he played for them in the 2002-2003 season.
5. Dennis Scott
Dennis Scott was selected fourth overall by the Orlando Magic in the 1990 NBA Draft. He averaged 15.7 PPG in his rookie season and a career high 19.9 in his sophomore season.
Scott became a deadly three-point shooter for the Magic, breaking records for the most three-pointers made in a season and the most three-pointers made in a single game (both of these records were later broken). His ability to knock down the three point shot earned him the nickname "3-D."
Further, Scott was also part of the 1994-1995 Magic team that ventured all the way to the finals. Despite being able to bring home the hardware in the 1995 playoffs, Scott provided some healthy offense by averaging 13.7 PPG and shooting 37 percent from behind the arc.
4. Nick Anderson
Nick Anderson was not just the 11th pick of the 1989 NBA Draft, but he was also the first player ever to be drafted by the Orlando Magic.
Anderson would eventually become a healthy compliment to the later acquired Shaquille O'Neal. He became a handy scorer and a lights-out three-point shooter, knocking down over 40 percent of his attempts in the 1994-1995 season.
Although Anderson failed to knock down four fatal free throws that could have won the Magic their first franchise title against the Houston Rockets in 1995, he still experienced a reasonable amount of success that earned him his position on the list.
3. Chris Webber
It was a good pick, but they traded it away. Chris Webber and Shaquille O'Neal could have given their opponents fits in the post with their size and strength, but they were never given a chance.
Many times Shaq is portrayed as the one who got away from the Magic, but I can't help but think maybe it was C-Webb.
2. Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard drafted first overall in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic, and he has been nothing but magic for them since. He has averaged a double-double every season since entering the league and already led the Magic back to the NBA Finals in 2009. Howard has also become a jaw-dropping spectacle thanks to his thunderous dunks which make him a regular on highlight reels.
Additionally, Howard has three Defensive Player of the Year Awards to his name (2009-2011) and has received considerable MVP consideration. Though Howard and the Magic came up short this year losing to the Atlanta Hawks in the opening round of the Playoffs, he has said time and time again that he wants a NBA title. It's obvious that Howard is hungry and that can't be a bad thing for the Magic.
1. Shaquille O'Neal
The Magic selected Shaquille O'Neal, No. 1 overall in the 1992 NBA Draft.
O'Neal was an immediate success as he averaged 23.4 PPG (more than Dwight Howard has ever averaged in a season) and 13.9 rebounds per game (RPG) his rookie season, which earned him Rookie of the Year honors.
During the 1994-1995 regular season, O'Neal averaged more than 29 points and 11 rebounds per game, which carried over to the post season as he averaged more than 25 points and 11 rebounds in Orlando's NBA Finals run.
O'Neal's beginnings with the Magic showed that he was destined for greatness, as his four NBA championship rings and three NBA finals MVP trophies would attest to. It's too bad that Shaq didn't win one of those rings with the Magic, so it's no wonder that Magic fans portray him as the one who got away.
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