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Orlando Magic

Division: SoutheastGM: Rob HenniganHead Coach: Jacque Vaughn
2012-13: 20-62 (15th in East)vs. division 3-13
Points94.1 (24th)
Rebounds42.7 (12th)
Assists22.8 (10th)
FG %.448 (17th)

Rebuilding In Orlando

CHOOSE YOUR TEAM

Eastern Conference Atlanta Hawks Boston Celtics Brooklyn Nets Charlotte Bobcats Chicago Bulls Cleveland Cavaliers Detroit Pistons Indiana Pacers Miami Heat Milwaukee Bucks New York Knicks Orlando Magic Philadelphia 76ers Toronto Raptors washington wizards


Western Conference Dallas Mavericks Denver Nuggets Golden State Warriors Houston Rockets LA Clippers LA Lakers Memphis Grizzlies Minnesota Timberwolves New Orleans Pelicans Oklahoma City Thunder Phoenix Suns Portland Trail Blazers Shaqramento Kings San Antonio Spurs Utah Jazz

(The Sports Network) The Orlando Magic didn't just miss the playoffs for the first time in seven years last season, they fell further off the map than the island from "Lost."

Not that it wasn't entirely unexpected. The Magic's run of postseason appearances immediately became in jeopardy when Dwight Howard was finally traded in a four-team deal in August of 2012, and while last season showed Orlando certainly got a nice package of players in return, it is going to take time to return to contending status.

Minus Howard, and eventually traded veteran guard J.J. Redick, the Magic slipped to 20-62 for their lowest winning percentage (.244) since going 18-64 (.220) in their inaugural season as an NBA franchise in 1989-90.

Of course, in a string of continued bad luck the Magic did not select first in the draft after getting leapfrogged by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but also caught a break when the Cavs made the selection of forward Anthony Bennett first overall. That allowed the Magic to still get high-energy guard Victor Oladipo from Indiana at No. 2.

Orlando figures to have nowhere to go but up and will spend the 2013-14 season getting the pieces in place for the future.

"Our goal right now is to get better everyday, to bond as a team, to develop and create an identity for ourselves so we can move forward and hopefully make the playoffs," said veteran guard Jameer Nelson.

Who's In/Who's Out

Key Additions: Victor Oladipo, Jason Maxiell, Ronnie Price

Key Losses: Beno Udrih, Al Harrington, DeQuan Jones

Analysis: The crazy athletic Indiana swingman has a terrific motor and can have an immediate impact for the Magic. He was probably the most sure thing in the entire 2013 draft and figures to have a nice pro career ahead of him. Some see him as just a solid role player, but he does have star potential. The Magic will use him at both the one and the two in his rookie season. (-TSN.ca)

Round 1 2nd overall Victor Oladipo SG Indiana
Round 2 51st overall Romero Osby SF Oklahoma

The Good

If there is one thing working in the Magic's favour it is the balance of the roster. While Vaughn should duplicate his game plan from the end of last season by playing his youngsters early and often, he does have a core of vets in Nelson and Glen Davis, as well as offseason additions Jason Maxiell and Ronnie Price, to police his youngsters.

"It's great because a lot of the coaching goes on in the locker room as well," said Vaughn. "There's only a certain amount of time I spend with the guys on the floor and in film session. There's a lot of time they're away from me, so having veterans have a voice that is preaching the same message is important."

SOUTHEAST PICKS


Heat (65-17)

Still The Champs


Hawks (45-37)

Mid-Low Playoff Seed


Wizards (40-42)

Youth Making Strides


Bobcats (25-57)

It Could Be Worse


Magic (24-58)

We Want Wiggins

Vaughn will also have the benefit of a versatile roster as he tries to put together a solid foundation for the future. He noted that the only "position" he sees on the floor is center. It is likely the coach will be mixing and matching at the other four spots throughout the season.

The Not So Good

While there are some nice pieces to build around in Orlando, winning is still a ways away for this group.

The Magic were a terrible defensive team last season finishing last in forced turnovers and in the bottom-10 in defensive efficiency, opponent's scoring and opponent field goal percentage.

They should be a little better this season but nowhere near league-average. With such a young rotation there is bound to be more than a few mental lapses on both ends of the court.

They key for head coach Jacque Vaughn and his young nucleus will be to not get too frustrated, take your lumps and learn from them.

Because there will be plenty of lumps.

 

Magic Depth Chart

Power Forward

Glen Davis
Andrew Nicholson
Jason Maxiell

Center

Nikola Vucevic
Kyle O'Quinn

Small Forward

Tobias Harris
Maurice Harkless
Hedo Turkoglu

Shooting Guard

Aaron Afflalo
Victor Oladipo
Doron Lamb

Point Guard

Jameer Nelson
E'Twaun Moore
Ronnie Price

What To Expect

The goal for the Magic is to return to a point where they are consistent contenders. Following the loss of a franchise player like Howard, general manager Rob Hennigan knows that has to be done by building from the ground up.

"The goal is sustainability and that's what we're building towards," said Hennigan. "We feel really confident in the vision that we have. We feel real confident in the steps we have to take to get there and now it's just a matter of staying true to those steps."

Orlando will see a lot of roster juggling this season and in no way is Hennigan done making moves. That is just another challenge for Vaughn and his players as they try to grow as a unit, though energy and hunger should not be a problem thanks to youth.

Staying out of the basement yet again is another story.


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