Orlando Magic 2017-18 Season Preview

The Orlando Magic are the complete opposite of the Golden State Warriors.

Golden State has four star player (two superstars) surrounded by smart defenders and sharpshooters. Orlando on the other hand, have no stars and NO three point shooters to speak of.

In a offseason that saw players like J.J Redick, Nick Young, and Omri Casspi in the free agency bin, they biggest move Orlando made was picking up Jonathon Simmons from San Antonio. Simmons is a high energy player who is a solid defender and great dunker. But is he a shooter? Not really!

Outside of Terrence Ross (who is more unreliable that reliable), Marreesse Speights (same as Ross), and Shelvin Mack, the Magic do not have a reliable three point shooter on the roster. Rookie Jonathan Issac might help in that category, but he still has to adapt to the NBA speed and grind.

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Aaron Gordon continues to let the world know that he “has no ceiling” and his game is ” on another level” after another offseason of work, but it’s time to put up or shut up at this point. Gordon had a decent season last year, but nothing praise worthy (he even disappointed in the slam dunk contest.) Orlando has nothing if Gordon doesn’t start cashing in on the contract extension he signed a few years ago.

Now lets address the elephant in the room, Nikola Vucevic.

Orlando has had him on the trade block for a few seasons now. While he is a solid offensive presence, his production has declined over the years. He does little to nothing on defense and Orlando would be smart to ship him out now before his stock becomes nearly untradeable (like that of Joakim Noah.) Not to mention they have a log jam of bigs with Vucevic, Issac, Gordon, Speights, Bismack Biyombo, Adreian Payne, and Khem Birch.

Orlando is stuck in a place where they have solid pieces, just not solid pieces for today’s NBA.

Regular Season Prediction: 23-59

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Jalen Hunter is an NBA writer for My Mind on Sports.

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