Team: Orlando Magic
Projected Record: 23-59
Projected Seeding: 14th in East
Projected Awards: Mo Bamba - All-Rookie Second Team
The Orlando Magic since Dwight Howard’s departure have been a textbook example of how NOT to restructure a roster for playoff contention. They have made several questionable decisions including trading a great young player in Victor Oladipo for Serge Ibaka, who they gave up on after only half a year. Also, the drafting of Mario Hezonja when players such as Devin Booker and Myles Turner were available has been highly scrutinized as both have solidified themselves as great young players. Hezonja on the other hand has struggled to find his footing since being drafted, and it looks like the organization certainly made the right decision by letting him walk to the Knicks.
However, their selection in the draft this past June, Mo Bamba, certainly looks promising for the future of the team as he should provide shotblocking as a freakish interior presence from the time he steps foot on an NBA floor. The development of Aaron Gordon should definitely help this team win some games, but they will still struggle without any real starpower or significant depth on the roster. The team must also find a competent starting point guard before the start of the season. Look for the team to trade Nikola Vucevic for a few bench pieces and/or draft picks before the deadline. ———————————— #nba #magic #orlando #orl #orlandomagic #basketball #ball #nba #nbadebate #nbaanalysis #mobamba #aarongordon #victoroladipo #mariohezonja #nikolavucevic #teamreview