ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The NBA draft came and went, and for now the Orlando Magic still have Dwight Howard on the roster.
In his first bite at directing the team's immediate future, new general manager Rob Hennigan chose two young big men with the Magic's two picks Thursday night.
Orlando took a pair of four-year players in 6-foot-9 St. Bonaventure forward Andrew Nicholson at No. 19 and 6-10 Kyle O'Quinn out of Norfolk State at No. 49 in the second round.
With several pending offseason roster moves to make in the near future, Hennigan continued to remain mum on how he'll proceed addressing them. He said his focus Thursday was simply getting through the ebbs and flows of his first draft as a GM.
"There were some butterflies. There were some jitters," Hennigan said. "But I think you can fall back on your preparation. And you know that the preparation you've done up to this point will keep you wholesome and keep you diverting off track.
"It was exciting. Our staff did good job preparing us and we feel pretty good about the decisions we made."
Hennigan said they contemplated moving both up and back in the draft Thursday and fielded trade offers, but said nothing materialized.
"We wanted to identify good players, and good people. Guys who love the game, who want to work at it," Hennigan said. "It was one of those things that as the draft board evolved and slots started to get filed that those guys were the best selections for us based on what was available at the time."
Nicholson said he is expecting to contribute in a hurry to the Orlando Magic even though he may not have taken the traditional path the NBA.
A baseball player who didn't take up basketball until his junior year of high school, the Magic saw enough in the four-year power forward from St. Bonaventure to take him with the 19th overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday night.
"They like my versatility, they like my length and my size," he said. "I'm just ready to come in and contribute to the team. I'm very excited right now."
A Canada-native, the 6-foot-9 Nicholson finished as the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year as a senior. He averaged 18.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in his final college season.
"I think the one good thing about 'Drew is that he has a natural instinct," Hennigan said of Nicholson. "For how to play around the rim, how to play away from the rim...Certainly there are a lot of natural skills that he possesses and he is certainly going to improve on some things."
Nicholson worked in Orlando prior to the draft and his college coach said he has a maturity level that surely was attractive to Hennigan, who listed finding "a good human being" among the attributes he was looking for in a draft pick.
He also fits the mold of the Magic's outside shooting big men, having shot 43 percent from the 3-point line last season as well.