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Re-doing the Magic's rebuild a bit differently


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Before I start, I have no idea where this should go, so if this isn't in the right place, please move it there.

Ok... I think we all can agree on one thing - the Magic have played the post-Dwight Howard era horribly. Bad trade after worse trade, the franchise has been flailing around trying to get just a grip of success. Now, 5 years after the Howard trade, I'm going to try and set things right. (at least for the Magic)

 

ORIGINAL 2012 TRADE

Los Angeles receives: Dwight Howard (ORL), Chris Duhon (ORL), Earl Clark (ORL)

Orlando receives: Nikola Vucevic (PHI), Arron Afflalo (DEN), Al Harrington (DEN), Maurice Harkless (PHI), Josh McRoberts (LAL), Christian Eyenga (LAL), 2013 Second Round (DEN), 2014 First Round (DEN), 2015 Conditional First Round (PHI), 2015 Conditional Second Round (LAL), 2018 Conditional First Round (LAL)

Philadelphia receives: Andrew Bynum (LAL), Jason Richardson (ORL)

Denver receives: Andre Igudola (PHI)

 

REVISED 2012 TRADE

Orlando receives: Nikola Vucevic (PHI), Arron Afflalo (DEN), Maurice Harkless (PHI), 2013 Second Round (DEN), 2014 First Round (DEN), 2015 First Round (PHI), 2015 First Round (LAL), 2016 Conditional First Round (LAL)

Now, before anyone screams "ROBBERY!", let's think about the situation as if it were 2012. Dwight Howard is the best center in the league. He is now being paired with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Steve Nash. This team is obviously going to be a perennial contender for years to come, and therefore the first rounders from LA would be considered at the time to be at the most mid-20s picks. Vooch still comes, Afflalo still comes, Harkless still comes. All the other scrubs we got are gone.

 

I will be doing this in parts (so each post isn't so long), so the 2012 draft  will be coming up next.

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2012 NBA DRAFT

 

ACTUAL PICKS: 

First Round #19: Andrew Nicholson

Second Round #49: Kyle O'Quinn

 

REVISED (not really) PICKS: 

First Round #19: Andrew Nicholson

Second Round #49: Kyle O'Quinn

 

So, as you can see, nothing changed. Andrew Nicholson was a good addition for a couple of years, and Kyle O'Quinn was a steal at 49.

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2013-14 DRAFT

 

ACTUAL PICKS:

First Round #2: Victor Oladipo

Second Round #51 (ORIGINAL: DEN): Romero Osby

 

REVISED PICKS:

First Round #2: Victor Oladipo

Second Round #51 (ORIGINAL: DEN): Joffery Lauvergne

 

While if we knew the future, we would obviously take Antetokoumpo, we didn't know what a beast he would turn out to be - so Oladipo stays. Romero Osby lasted less then 2 months in the D-League, so we take Lauvergne instead, who was taken 3 picks later.

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