The Orlando Magic were able to land Cole Anthony with the No. 15 overall pick in Wednesday’s NBA Draft. To Magic fans, that immediately raises the question of whether or not he’d fit with Markelle Fultz.
Amid all the uncertainty, Anthony responded to playing alongside Fultz in the upcoming season:
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) November 19, 2020
While speaking about his selection to the Magic, Anthony highlighted how he and Fultz can succeed on the same team.
“If Markelle [Fultz] struggles by me, I think the order is mine,” Anthony said, via the team’s official Twitter account. I think it’s going to keep getting better. I can’t wait to complement each other.”
Ahead of the 2019-2020 season, the Magic acquired Fultz from the Philadelphia 76ers. Fultz, the former No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, was unable to provide the 76ers with the production he had in college due to a slew of injuries.
However, in his first season in Orlando, Fultz flashed the promise that made him the first-overall selection in 2017. The Washington product would record 12.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 1.3 steals per game last season.
But with Anthony being drafted, the Magic now have two point guards that excel with the ball in their hands. Nevertheless, Anthony believes the two can coexist and help Orlando win more games in the upcoming season.
In his lone season at North Carolina, Anthony notched 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and four assists per game. Sadly, a knee injury would prevent him from finishing his only season at North Carolina.
If Anthony remained healthy and the Tar Heels had a better season, he likely would have been a consensus top-10 pick in the draft. Despite having Fultz manning the point guard position right now, the Magic may have gotten a steal with Anthony in this year’s draft.
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