Orlando Magic 2016 Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
Orlando Magic 2016 Preview
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The Orlando Magic haven’t made the playoffs in four straight seasons and hope the hiring of coach Frank Vogel can bring change. Despite the struggles, the Magic still won 35 games last year, so there’s building blocks in place for success.
Can the Magic end their playoff drought this season?
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Here is your 2016 NBA Orlando Magic preview.
Key Player Losses: The big loss for the Magic was young shooting guard Victor Oladipo, who averaged 15.9 points and four assists in three seasons in Orlando. Oladipo has poor shooting percentages for a two-guard but is extremely athletic and has some upside at just 24 years old. The Magic also lost a couple of role players in Jason Smith and Andrew Nicholson, two average players off the bench who weren't going to make much of a difference anyway.
Key Player Additions: The Magic added to their front court with the additions of Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo. Ibaka is an All Star power forward with outside shooting ability and a great defensive presence while Biyombo exploded in last years playoffs by averaging 9.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. Orlando will be much better defensively with these pickups. Jeff Green is an athletic small forward who can provide double-digit points off the bench and D.J. Augustin continues to be one of the more underrated backup point guards in the league. Overall, solid offseason for the Magic.
Draft: Stephen Zimmerman is a massive young center who will struggle to see the floor his rookie season but has a lot of upside and is part of the future for the Magic. Having centers Nikola Vucevic and Biyombo on the depth chart will make it tough for him to see consistent minutes this season.
Outlook: The Magic have intriguing talent and now a terrific head coach in Vogel to try and piece things together. With upgrades of Ibaka and Biyombo, there’s no reason why the Magic can’t push for 40 wins or so, which could put them in the playoff conversation as an eighth seed. Orlando has two true building blocks in Vucevic and Evan Fournier, a duo that’s good enough to make this team truly competitive. It will be up to the rest of the cast to determine if the Magic have enough to sneak into the playoffs this season. Either way, the Magic will compete this year and be in the conversation for postseason ball.