The youthful Orlando Magic finished 25-57 (.305%) last season, which was good enough for 13th in the Eastern Conference. All their key players are still there, amid controversy that Tobias Harris was leaving. If he left, the Orlando Magic were going to be hit with a serious stepback in their rebuilding process.
Their top 3 players are Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris, and Nikola Vucevic. Oladipo, 23, averaged 17.9ppg, 4.2rpg, and 4.1apg while shooting .436% and .339% from the field and 3pt line. Harris, 23, averaged 17.1ppg and 6.3rpg while shooting .466% and .364% from the field and 3pt line. Lastly, Vucevic, 24, the near All-Star (the case could of been made for him making the team) averaged 19.3ppg and 10.9rpg while shooting .523% from the field.
This is another team that has a good blend of young players and veterans as well. The Magic added veteran point guard, C.J. Watson, and veteran center, Jason Smith, this offseason. They also drafted shooting guard Mario Hezonja 5th overall in the draft. He impressed them in the summer league. They also brought over point guard Shabazz Napier, who last played for the Miami Heat. This team is still being led at point guard by Elfrid Payton.
This future is looking bright for this Orlando Magic squad, only losing Kyle O’Quinn, Moe Harkless, and Ben Gordon. The adds far out weigh the losses. I expect another lottery pick season for the Orlando Magic, but they are quickly rising in this league. Trending: same. I have them ranked #27 coming into the new season.