Orlando Magic 2017 NBA Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
Orlando Magic 2017 Preview
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The Orlando Magic haven’t made the playoffs since Stan Van Gundy was coach and are coming off a season in which they won just 29 games. The Magic are clearly taking the slow build process with 10 players 26 years old or younger, so it’s one of those trust the process kind of deals. Still, I’m sure folks in Florida would love to see Frank Vogel and company show some kind of process in his second season.
Here is your Orlando Magic 2017 NBA preview.
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Key Player Losses: The Magic keep their starting unit intact but did lose players Jodie Meeks and Jeff Green after one season. Meeks averaged 9.1 points in just 36 games with the team while Green played 69 games while shooting 39.4 percent from the field and 27.5 percent from three. Neither loss is that critical to the growth of the franchise but they are the only two names worth mentioning.
Key Player Additions: The Magic got a steal with the addition of Jonathon Simmons, who was a really good defender for the Spurs off the bench and still has some upside left to his game considering he’s played in just 133 games. Simmons makes the Magic a better basketball team right away. Arron Afflalo returns to Orlando, and while he’s approaching 32 years old, he’s still a spark offensively off the bench, as he’s topped 40 percent shooting from beyond the arc five times in his career. Veteran point guard Shelvin Mack adds depth to a position that’s lacked options the last couple of years and Marreese Speights joins his third team in three years and is a 35 percent shooter from deep.
Draft: Jonathan Isaac is an elite athlete with ridiculous length, already an above-average defender and has a proven jump shot. Isaac was one of the better prospects in the draft and has the upside to possibly become one of the key faces of this franchise in time. It’s going to be fun watching Isaac grow into his body and improve his game by leaps and bounds. Wesley Iwundu is a versatile player who defends his tail off and can handle the ball well when needed. Iwundu needs to get stronger and could improve his game offensively, but terrific defenders have a place in this league with all the shooters teams have stretching the court.
Outlook: The Magic return their starting lineup and made big pickups by adding Simmons and Isaac. Those two guys are players who will help the way people view Orlando, as they’re the type of players with upside you can build around. A full season of Terrence Ross is also going to help the Magic’s consistency. The problem with the Magic is that they’re still an extremely young team overall and most of these players are finding themselves. I expect a better season than last year, but I’m still not sure this is a playoff team right now.