Kevin Pelton: During the next few weeks, we'll take a look at the biggest need I identified for each team in my Roster Reload series, and how those teams might be able to fill it in the draft. Having already covered the bottom four teams, today we take a look at the teams entering the lottery fifth through eighth: the Magic, Kings, Pistons and Hornets.
5. Orlando Magic
Pelton: I went with shooting here. The Magic have loaded up on good athletes like Aaron Gordon, Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton the past two drafts, but at the expense of shooting. Orlando hoped to get that from Channing Frye, but the veteran free agent was something of a disappointment in his first season with the Magic.
Chad Ford:I think shooting and rim protection are the two areas where I see the most need. Obviously, if the Magic get the No. 1 pick, I love Karl-Anthony Towns here because he does both so well. I think D'Angelo Russell's shooting would be welcome, though there might be a logjam at guard if they take him. Assuming they pick around No. 5, Willie Cauley-Stein is an obvious choice because of his defensive and rim-protection abilities, but I don't see how you can draft him after taking Aaron Gordon last year. So two other names interest me: Kristaps Porzingis and Myles Turner. Both are essentially higher-upside versions of Channing Frye with the added benefit of being rim-protectors. I have Porzingis ranked ahead of Turner, and the Latvian would be my choice, but Turner would be very intriguing as well.
Pelton: I think we're going to hear Justise Winslow a lot if Orlando ends up outside the top four. Winslow's athleticism is intriguing with the Magic's guards, but despite his 41.8 percent 3-point shooting at Duke, he doesn't project as a good outside shooter. He made just 64.9 percent of his free throws.
6. Sacramento Kings
Pelton: After the Kings finished 28th in defensive rating following coach George Karl's arrival at the All-Star break, I identified defensive commitment as the team's biggest need. You could include better defenders, too. DeMarcus Cousins made strides defensively this past season and Ben McLemore has shown some defensive presence on the wing, but it's hard to find other above-average defenders on the roster.
Ford: To me there is a clear choice for the Kings if they get the No. 1 pick: Karl-Anthony Towns. Pair him with Cousins and you have a monstrous front line. And Towns' ability to protect the rim would be huge for them. There's another no-brainer if the Kings get the No. 2 or No. 3 pick: Emmanuel Mudiay. He brings athleticism, size, toughness and fits a clear need as a long-term point guard. They blew it last year when they passed on Elfrid Payton. I doubt they'd blow it again. And I believe there is a clear pick for them at No. 6: Willie Cauley-Stein. If defense is the priority, he's the best defender in the draft and should be a terrific fit next to Cousins. Their draft board, assuming they don't make major trades, is one of the clearest for me.
Pelton: I'm a little more skeptical of how Cauley-Stein fits with Cousins. Cousins gets as many post-up touches as anyone in the league, and defenses would be able to play off Cauley-Stein to give help. I think Porzingis and Turner make sense here, too.
7. Detroit Pistons
Pelton: With the likelihood they re-sign Reggie Jackson to play with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in the backcourt, plus Andre Drummond in the middle, it's pretty clear the Pistons' biggest need is at the forward positions. Greg Monroe is an unrestricted free agent, and after trading Kyle Singler midseason, Detroit got little production from the aging small forward duo of Caron Butler (whose contract is non-guaranteed) and Tayshaun Prince (also unrestricted).
Ford: I think it's safe to say that if Monroe gets a huge offer elsewhere, he's gone. But that's still a big question mark. If they get the No. 1 pick, again I think Towns is the clear choice here and makes letting Monroe walk easy. What a crazy front line the Pistons would have. I think D'Angelo Russell is also interesting for them because of his ability to stretch the floor. If they are picking around seventh, I could see them grabbing one of the top two wings in the draft: Duke's Winslow or Croatia's Mario Hezonja. I love both of them and they are neck and neck on our Big Board. They're both great athletes, play with toughness and energy, and shot the ball well from 3-point range this season. Both would be great picks for the Pistons and I'm not quite ready to choose between the two. But if I had to pick today, I'd go Winslow.
Pelton: I'm a little more convinced than you that Monroe won't be back. As a result, I'd also consider Turner, who might ultimately be a great fit for Stan Van Gundy's offense. The wings probably make the most sense, however.
8. Charlotte Hornets
Pelton: It's another case where the obvious answer is shooting. The Hornets ranked 26th in 3-pointers and shot a league-low 31.8 percent from beyond the arc. Charlotte wings Gerald Henderson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Lance Stephenson are all poor outside shooters, forcing the Hornets to get 3s from elsewhere on the roster.
Ford: Yes, 3s are the need. While I think they'd have no choice but to go ahead and grab Towns as their center of the future if they get the No. 1 pick, after that, shooting becomes a priority. Russell would be a huge, huge get if they landed at No. 2 or No. 3. He'd be perfect next to Kemba Walker in their backcourt. If the Hornets draft eighth, Winslow and Hezonja are the targets. If they're both off the board, Kansas' Kelly Oubre is next in line. All three shoot it better from 3 than any player the Hornets currently have. I wonder if they'll be tempted by a more pure shooter like Devin Booker or R.J. Hunter? Overall, I think Winslow, Hezonja and Oubre are the better long-term prospects. If I had to rank those three for Charlotte, I'd put Hezonja first, Winslow second and Oubre third.
Pelton: This feels a little high for Booker or Hunter. Perhaps the Hornets could try to find a way to move down a little bit. More likely, though, your list will mirror theirs.