[2017-18 NBA Preview] Orlando Magic

The NBA season is almost here. While the majority of people think the NBA season is already over before it even begins (let’s just go ahead and crown the Golden State Warriors right now, right?). we still have to let the season play out because YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN, RIGHT?

What if the Warriors are involved in some kind of freak accident and everyone gets hurt?

Well, the league just opened up for all 29 other teams to win the whole thing.

Even though I personally believe it would take a plane wreck to take the Warriors down, there are some NBA teams out there that think they have the tools and weapons to do exactly that.

Are the Orlando Magic one of those teams? No. No they aren’t. If you think the Magic are a good NBA team with a realistic chance of making some noise this season, I do believe you should be drug tested in all honesty. No offense to Orlando fans, but what is there to get excited about with this team? Everyone knows you need AT LEAST 3 “super stars” in the NBA to be competitive in today’s league. Well, the Magic are still THREE SUPERSTARS away from competing with the big dogs of the sport. Don’t get me wrong. I like Aaron Gordon. I like Evan Fournier. I like Nikola Vucevic. However, I don’t love any of them. Who is the Magic’s “main man”? Who’s the guy who’s going to take the game over when they really need it? I’m not sure they currently have that guy on their roster unless #6 overall pick Jonathan Issac blossoms into that guy this year and I highly doubt that’ll happen. I think the Magic will be one of the most exciting teams to watch at times this season, but they will likely be highly inconsistent and not very good at times. The good news for this team is, they play in the Eastern Conference so the playoffs are always a possibility. If you’re a Magic fan and you’re expecting more than that this year though, you will be vastly disappointed.

So, what should we expect from this Orlando team this year?

LET’S FIND OUT!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

Record Last Five Seasons: 20-62 (2012-13), 23-59 (2013-14), 25-57 (2014-15), 35-47 (2015-16), 29-53 (2016-17)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2011-12 First-Round vs. Indiana Pacers

Last Playoff Series Win: 2009-10 Second-Round vs. Atlanta Hawks

Last NBA Finals Appearance: 2008-09 NBA Finals vs. Los Angeles Lakers

NBA Championships Won: None


 

Head Coach:

Frank Vogel

Overall Record: 279-234

Record With Team: 29-53

Playoff Record: 31-30


 

The Squad:

Starters (with averages for last season):

PG: Elfrid Payton (12.8 PPG, 6.5 APG, 4.7 RPG, 17.2 PER)

SG: Terrence Ross (11.0 PPG, 1.1 APG, 2.6 RPG, 13.4 PER)

SF: Evan Fournier (17.2 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 3.0 APG, 13.9 PER)

PF: Aaron Gordon (12.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.9 APG, 14.5 PER)

C: Nikola Vucevic (14.6 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 1.0 BPG, 19.1 PER)

Bench:

Jonathan Issac (PF), Arron Afflalo (SG), Bismack Biyombo (C), Jonathan Simmons (SF), D.J. Augustin (PG), Marreese Speights (C), Shelvin Mack (PG), Mario Hezonja (SF), Adreian Payne (PF)


 

Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Evan Fournier (17.1)

Rebounds Per Game: Nikola Vucevic (10.4)

Steals Per Game: Elfrid Payton (1.1)

Assists Per Game: Elfrid Payton (6.5)

Blocks Per Game: Serge Ibaka (1.6)

Turnovers Per Game: Elfrid Payton (2.2)


 

The Prediction:

37-45

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