The Rebuild of the Orlando Magic
Here is my season preview of the Orlando Magic
With many young players on their team and bragging rights of the Dwight Howard trade. With players like Victor Oladipo, Nikola Vucevic Tobias Harris and Maurice Harkless among others how do you think the Orlando Magic will fare in the future?
Btw, thanks to all those who read my Cleveland post, i'm not trying to spam I'm just a college student with aspirations of being a writer.
you really want to know about their future??? it will probably be something like this:
The role players are all set and really good role players. they will probably get the 1st pick by the luck of the ping pong balls this season and draft wiggins. he will be looked at as the franchise and about his 3rd year in the league he will start to really really flourish. the role players combined with wiggins will keep them into title contention towards wiggins' final years in his contract. with wiggins they will probably make the finals once and lose to a superior team like okc. by this time wiggins' contract will be on the brink of expiring and orlando will do a sign and trade with the lakers. orlando will then become a rebuilding team again. sound familiar?
lmao! people took me seriously after reading that ^
Sounds really familiar, you really have Orlando's future mapped out do you? They will have to battle with the Sixers for Wiggins though. Who knows, he might get drafted by Philly, become an MVP lead a bunch of role players to the NBA Finals only to get swept by a more balanced team, complain about practice and end up in the Nuggets.
ok, bad joke... but history might as well have repeated itself already in that scenario. i really do like the direction orlando is going, even if they don't get wiggins, i think they will get a franchise player soon one way or another, while keeping a young core of good role players. it's still a couple years in the making though.
I think Parker actually fits the Magic's core better than Wiggins. Parker has solid fundamentals, puts the team first and is more likely to stick around if things get tough.
Oladipo, Vucevic, Harris, Parker all do their jobs without complaining, have good instincts and are workers. If Parker can live up to the hype (or come close) then these guys are set for the next ten years (provided they manage their money a little better this time around).
I see 4 franchise players, wiggins, parker, smart, and randle, and all of them would be able to fit in with the magic's roster. Then I think they just hope 1 other guy becomes a star and they will be looking at contending in 2 years if everything goes as planned
I think they will be a top 4 team in the east in the 2015-2016 season. The nets will be old, the knicks will either be old or have a completely reshaped roster. The pacers will still be solid, the bulls will fall of a little bit since they are a sort of older team. Assuming lebron and the heat stay together they will be getting up there in age, who knows how wade will be after another 2 years of wear and tear. Maybe the cavs, pistons or wizards make the leap but I would say the magic will be right in with those teams in 2 years which means fighting for the 4th seed, possibly 3rd seed. It was the thunders 4th season after they picked durant that they were a 4 seed in the playoffs. After 2 years their guys will be entering their 4th and 5th seasons so that is when they should expect to be contending
I think as Orlando goes forward Tobias Harris will become their small forward. Julius Randle seems like a great fit to me, they've really brought in some confident and hungry dudes with Oladipo and Harris and Randle would fit right in the mix. I actually see them having a better record than most people think. Tobias Harris and Vucevic both put up borderline all-star numbers in April last season (last 8 games).
I'm siked on the Magic's future, and have now put them as my second most followed team (Bye-bye OKC) behind my hometown Celtics. I love every move they have made since trading Dwight, and can't wait to see this young core do work in the playoffs. They have a scary future because no matter what I know they will always have NASTY! wing defense. I don't think people appreciate just how good Harkless was on D last year, stealing 88 passes and blocking 62 shots, and was the only reason he started for them. Him and Olidipo will be great together, and after hearing Olidipo say that they are already friends and love playing together, I can't wait to watch them pester opposing wings. After that I think it will be interesting to see how Vucevic and Tobias Harris progress. By now everyone knows what Tobias did once traded, and Vucecic just put up 13/12, so if one of them can take their games to another level than I think the Magic will become a scary team.
I also think it's worth mentioning that the vets they did keep around (Big Baby, Maxiel, Nelson, and Afflalo), are all great glue guys and can will be great coming off the bench when the young guys gain more experience. I don't see this team as a bottom of the barrel type of team, and don't see them getting a top five pick like some people here think. They have a good starting 5, and their bench is decent compared to some teams (I'm praying for you Philli fans). If Olidipo can play effectively at the point then the sky is the limit for this team.
EDIT: Go to the :40 second part of the video and listen to Mo talk about him and Olidipo.
I was surprised the Magic picked up Jason Maxiell as they have a lot of young frontcourt depth with Vucevic, Davis, Nicholson, Harris etc and Harkness could become a combo forward in due course. But the deal is only guaranteed for this year and having moved Al Harrington on they may want a more experienced big man on the roster and it can probably mean they will look to agree a buy out with Turko.
Rob Hennigan and Jacque Vaughan are starting to shape the roster and I'd assume they will look to build via the draft and maybe aquire assets to go with the range of future 1st round picks they got from the D12 trade.
Looking at the roster for this year, you see Turko's expiring deal, Jameer Nelson $8 million team option 2014-15, Jason Maxiell $2.5 million team option 2014-15 plus they have Arron Afflalo who proved to be an excellent role player at Denver on a good contract who could attract intetest from contenders. The expiring deals could be easily used to acquire assets and Affalo will have good trade value and can move on once Oladipo is ready to start.
I fully agree it looks a good role player team and anything near to 30 wins would be a good improvement from last season and to get back into the play offs, they do need another top 3 pick next year.
There is no doubt that Sixers wish they had Vucevic back, a legit 7 footer who can rebound, man the paint and shoot a jumpshot are rare, valuable and hard to find. As for Tobias Harris, the scary fact about him is he just only 21. The way he played last season after he got traded from the Bucks was well above expectations and now that JJ Redick is a Los Angeles Clipper, Bucks wish they had him back. While Harris looks like a SF, he is similar to Thaddeus Young and Jeff Green to me in that he can be equally if not more effective playing PF in an up-tempo offense.
Moe Harkless shown alot of promise, at the beginning of last season, he was the starter as a result of Hedo's injury but as AmiableBaller34 said he was a really good defender even from the start. His offensive game came along, he lacked confidence on the offensive side in the beginning of the season but got more comfortable as the season went on.
As for Victor Oladipo, I thought he was going to be another Arron Afflalo, a really good defensive role player who can shoot but just a role player and nothing more. The summer league changed my mind in a big way, his ball handling skills are much better than expected,he can run an offense and he is not scared to take the big shot. With his athleticism, some analysts compared Oladipo to Russell Westbrook and while I am not going to say he is the next Russell, they have similar career paths and won't be surprised if he can become an upper echelon point under Jacque Vaughn.
Rob Hennigan has done an excellent job rebuilding this team so far especially trading for talented players who weren't valued as highly in their old teams(Vucevic, Harris) obviously this is not a finished product but it is Orlando, an attractive place for free agents to go as well as having no tax and with a very strong upcoming draft they are capable of getting a talented player Wiggins or not.
this team has done exceptionally well rebuilding with numerous young players that have significant potential. they are building the right way, through the draft, and not going out and signing free agents that will hamper them in the future with over priced contracts.
i really like the oladipo pick because you know he is going to bring his all every night. he is super athletic and seems to consistently improve (dramatically) every year. im interested to see where he plays this year.
i know a lot of people think that parker and wiggins are the two best players for this team (obviously wiggins is an amazing talent and someone you have to take if you have the no. 1 pick), but i think marcus smart would create a really talented and creative backcourt partner with oladipo. both a defensively sound and have playmaking ability. whilst both need to improve there shooting strokes, this is one of the areas that seems to be easiest to develop in the nba, at least to a consistent level.
Magic are I team I will enjoy watching also. Nikola and Tobias are huge pieces for a rebuild. they have 3 first rounders from the the sixers,nuggets and the lakers(which is gold right now because the lakers will be on the downturn after kobe goes ).They have arron who is a trade asset and victor who will be a solid role player.Nikola hits 3s and rebounds plus his 7 feet tall they need to offer him a extension and keep their little(big) kevin love. Harkless plays some good d also. They should go after Avery Bradley also next off season bring that defense of culture to Orlando . I like their moves and hope they build through the draft like okc but don't rush it like okc because they gave up a key player just to get a center they where desperate and could have waited.So I hope they just take there time because Orlando isn't a destination players want to go get players that want to sign long contracts their .
The Magic will look to rebuild via the draft but a lot will depend what they do this season and if they land a top 3 to 5 pick next year. If the team does start to improve then they may look at the FA market but to be honest I could not see any of the major FA's next year seeing the Magic as a likely destination.
The ironic thing could be if they landed a Wiggins/Parker and that player looks a legit NBA superstar in making come 2015, then the Magic could be an interesting FA option for some of the top available players that summer. They could go to other teams and maybe contend quicker but you could have a scenario where an FA sees a potential superstar in place and thinks I can assist and then ride shotgun with them for years and have a much bigger potential title window.
The Sixers maybe look the biggest losers in the D12- Bynum- Iggy based trade now, having lost Iggy, Vucevic and Harkness and not had Bynum appear on court for them. Add those three to Evan Turner, Thad Young and Jrue Holiday and you would have had a starting 5 and a 6th man depending on what combo they went with for the Sixers last season if the trade had not gone down. Also they could have got extra pieces for Iggy if they had traded him seperately.