26 June 2008

So the Magic drafted Courtney Lee...

And across the country, a lot of casual fans (no offense to any of you) exhaled a collective "huh?" Lee played for Western Kentucky (not exactly a national power), in the Sun Belt conference.

He seems to fit the Magic's needs pretty much exactly - no team starting Maurice Evans at shooting guard and backing him up with Keith Bogans and J.J. Redick is going to make it very far in the playoffs.

Lee is a 6'5", 200 lb. shooting guard who was a reasonably prolific scorer for the Hilltoppers (and I didn't even have to google WKU to find out their mascot! Aren't I impressive!) who can shoot from medium and long range.

Just what the Magic needed - another shooter.

Seriously, though, Lee should be able to at least crack the rotation this upcoming year. I see him being a useful member of the team - not a starter yet, but a solid 8th or 9th guy who can play 15 or 20 minutes per game. As a senior, he's a bit more NBA-ready than some of the underclassmen the Magic could have picked, though his experience is somewhat offset by the diminished level of competition he faced.

My grade for the pick: B

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