Amway Center is probably the nicest sports arena/stadium in the world, but would it still be there if the Magic had drafted Emeka Okafor over Dwight Howard in 2004? I am gonna do a little analysis on this topic in this post.
In 2004 the player to pick would have been Emeka Okafor, Emeka had led UCONN to a championship that year and had way more experience than Howard, but the Orlando Magic saw something in the young center that no one else saw. They couldn’t have known he was gonna be the best center since Shaqille O’Neal, or maybe even better. So what would have happened in Orlando if they had drafted the UCONN star ? Orlando would have been one of the most struggling teams in the NBA. All you have to do is look at how their team is built. Everything is centered around Dwight Howard. The funny thing is Superman doesn’t want to stay where people worship him. He wants to go to a big market. I don’t blame him, but seriously he is the one who saved the Magic. Now if the Magic don’t trade the former, “Man Child,” as he was called in 2004, they will face what the Cavaliers faced, a team without its star. Dwight Howard is everything to the Orlando organization and if he leaves Amway, the house he practically built, its all down hill in the “Big O.”