Orlando Magic: NBA 2014-15 Season Preview, Prediction, Outlook
2014 NBA Season
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The Orlando Magic have won a combined 43 games in their last two seasons, and fans can’t realistically expect much with another season under head coach Jacque Vaughn. The Magic are a young team that will need time to mature into anything worth mentioning.
Here is your 2014 Orlando Magic NBA preview.
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Key Additions: Aaron Gordon, Channing Frye, Ben Gordon
Key Losses: Arron Afflalo, Jameer Nelson, E'Twaun Moore
Biggest Strength: The Orlando Magic have a lot of youth and explosiveness at the wings. Drafting Aaron Gordon is going to be huge for the Magic’s future, as he reminds me a lot of Blake Griffin in terms of athleticism and being able to jump out of the gym. Maurice Harkless is only 21 years old and shot a solid 38.3 percent from downtown last season. Tobias Harris is only 22 years old and one of Orlando’s top players in terms of scoring and grabbing rebounds. The addition of Channing Frye is only going to help the Magic, as he’s been a knockdown shooter his entire career and just shot 37 percent from downtown last season. The Orlando Magic have some nice pieces at both power forward and small forward, and it’s easily the strength of their basketball team this season.
Biggest Weakness: The Orlando Magic have too much youth on its roster. Yes, I love the addition of Channing Frye and even the pickup of Ben Gordon is going to help in the locker room, but many of the key guys are babies in terms of experience. Victor Oladipo, Evan Fournier, Nikola Vucevic and Maurice Harkless are 23 years old or younger. If the Magic are able to keep this team together for a few years, there’s potential for this team to blossom into something but that much youth doesn’t help heading into this season. Teams need a nice mix of leadership, experienced vets and youth, and right now the Magic only have one of the three.
Expectations: It’s going to be another long season if you’re an Orlando Magic fan, as there simply isn’t enough here to even consider making a playoff spot. However, watching Aaron Gordon will be fun and Channing Frye will have some of his usual offensive outbursts that make your jaw drop. But seriously, it’s going to take time before the Magic become a contender again.