NBA Preview 2016-17: Orlando Magic

The NBA season is right around the corner. That means it’s time to take a closer look at each individual NBA team and predict how they will do this season. So strap in….it’s the ULTIMATE SPORTS BLOG’S 2016-17 NBA PREVIEW!!!!

 

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Record Last 10 Seasons: 35-47 (2016), 25-57 (2015), 23-59 (2014), 20-62 (2013), 37-29 (2012), 52-30 (2011), 59-23 (2010), 59-23 (2009), 52-30 (2008), 40-42 (2007)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2012 First-Round vs. Indiana Pacers

Last Playoff Series Win: 2010 Conference Semifinals vs. Atlanta Hawks

Last NBA Finals Appearance: 2009 vs. Los Angeles Lakers

NBA Championships Won: 0


Head Coach:

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Frank Vogel

Overall Record: 250-181

Record With Team: 0-0

Playoff Record: 31-30


The Squad:

Starters:

PG: Elfrid Payton (10.7 PPG, 6.4 APG, 3.6 RPG, 13.98 PER)

SG: Evan Fournier (15.4 PPG, 2.7 APG, 2.8 RPG, 14.71 PER)

SF: Aaron Gordon (9.2 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 0.7 BPG, 17.07 PER)

PF: Serge Ibaka (12.6 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.9 BPG, 13.99 PER)

C: Nikola Vucevic (18.2 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 1.1 BPG, 21.15 PER)

Bench:

Bismack Biyombo (C), Jeff Green (PF), Jodie Meeks (SG), D.J. Augustin (PG), Mario Hezonja (SF), C.J. Watson (PG), C.J. Wilcox (SG), Branden Dawson (PF), Aaron Bowen (SF), Stephen Zimmerman (C)


Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Nikola Vucevic (18.2)

Rebounds Per Game: Nikola Vucevic (8.9)

Steals Per Game: Victor Oladipo (1.6)

Assists Per Game: Elfrid Payton (6.4)

Blocks Per Game: Nikola Vucevic (1.1)

Turnovers Per Game: Elfrid Payton (2.4)


The Prediction:

41-41

The Orlando Magic are an interesting team. Why exactly? Because their season could honestly head in a lot of different directions.

It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see the Magic ride the momentum of new head coach Frank Vogel as the young players buy into his system and the team shocks the Eastern Conference and flirts with a potential 50+ win season. With studs like Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, and Evan Fournier continuing to grow and develop together and with Serge Ibaka coming into town, the Magic could have the talent to compete with some of the Eastern Conference’s top teams.

It also wouldn’t surprise me to see the Magic perhaps take a little step back this season. A 35-win season was nice last year, but this team hasn’t been to the playoffs in four years and there’s no real NBA Superstar on their roster. The team traded Victor Oladipo (who I’m a big fan of) for Serge Ibaka (who I’m not a BIG fan of) in the off-season and that could end up being one of those dumb ass trades we look back on in a few years and ask why it ever happened.

Personally, I’m going to fall in the middle with this team. I think Orlando is a pretty good team who will make a return to the playoffs this season. Do they have the talent to win a playoff series though? That’s going to be the question. I’m skeptical as of right now, but this team does have a lot of young talent in a weak Eastern Conference. Someone has to step up, right? Why not these guys?

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