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Magic's future depends on progress of Dwight, Darko

Updated: October 23, 2006, 11:36 AM ET
By John Denton | Special to ESPN.com

ORLANDO -- Otis Smith can't stop smiling, and it's not just because his Orlando Magic are one of the chic picks to make some playoff noise this season.

Instead, the Magic's general manager is beaming like a proud papa these days over the way three of Orlando's youngsters -- namely Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson and Darko Milicic -- have matured almost overnight and taken control of the fate of the franchise.

First, it was Howard who guaranteed that a Magic squad that hasn't been ...

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