3 teams that should look to take a flier on Markelle Fultz

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1. Orlando Magic

Ever since Dwight Howard was shipped away in the summer of 2012, the Orlando Magic have found themselves swimming in the lottery pool, desperate to find that one franchise savior to bring them back to relevance as Superman did back in 2004.

Six drafts later, said guy hasn’t come. Orlando has swung on a number of prospects — mostly bigs — with little amounts of success. One position the front office has never even really tried to fill since Jameer Nelson left was the point guard spot.

The starting gig currently belongs to D.J. Augustin, a 31-year-old journeyman whose stop in Orlando marks the eighth team he’s played for over the course of a decade-plus career.  His backup is Jerian Grant, a former first round pick who’s played for three teams in just four seasons.

Needless to say, the Magic don’t quite have their floor general of the future currently on the roster, so why not take a chance on what should be a talented point guard in need of a reset?

The Magic aren’t afforded the same reputation as the likes of the Spurs and Heat, but as Florida’s “other” team, not many people will be tuning in to see what’s going on with them on a nightly basis. This should give Fultz the chance to rehab at his own pace to the point where he feels comfortable getting back onto the court without external pressure weighing him down.

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When he does return, they’ll certainly feel a difference between being a top pick on a championship contending team versus one just trying to help build something from the ground up. It’s this difference in both pressure and expectation that should help Markelle Fultz regain his confidence in order to become a legit NBA player.