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Magic's Hennigan proving value as talent scout

By Brian Schmitz, Orlando Sentinel Published: February 11, 2013

Vucevic is in his second season, but he might as well be categorized as a rookie. Last season with the Philadelphia 76ers, he missed a full camp (lockout) and then mostly came off the bench in 53 appearances.

At worst, Nicholson and Harkless have done enough in sample sizes to be classified as assets, always handy in a rebuild.

Nicholson has a knack for low-post scoring. I'm not sure he'll get much better, but Dallas owner Mark Cuban disagreed recently.

“He will. I like that kid,” Cuban said.

Harkless shows you natural ability as he feels his way through his first season. The 76ers sacrificed him in the Dwight deal to land brittle Andrew Bynum.

Against the Blazers, Nicholson had 14 points and Vucevic 17 points and 19 rebounds. Even second-year center Goose Ayon scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. It was as if Hennigan was just showing off.

The youngsters aren't saving the Magic from their free-fall, but then either are the veterans. Few late first-rounders ever do heavy lifting. The Magic are getting a nice-to-decent return from Nos. 15, 16 and 19.

It's a start, the first shovel turned in the reclamation project.

Forlorn faithful might want to circle June 27 and dig out their Super Bowl party favors. It's the NBA Draft!

Host a watch party.

The Magic haven't had a top-10 lottery pick since they chose Dwight in 2004.

Fans finally should be excited. Hennigan gives them hope. If he can mine nuggets with late picks, imagine what he might bring back with a hole card in a so-called weak draft.

I'm curious to see what Rob will pull off. He's looked pretty good in warm-ups.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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