Orlando Magic Season Preview

Am I the only person that has no idea what the Orlando Magic is doing?

Bringing in Serge Ibaka after trading Victor Oladipo to the Thunder is a solid move. Pairing Ibaka along with Bismack Biyombo, while already having Nikola Vucevic, and drafting big man Stephen Zimmerman Jr is a little head scratching.

You know how Phoenix has a “Too many guards” problem? Well this is the exact same thing, only with bigs!

No one knows what this means for Aaron Gordon (possibly Orlando’s best player). Gordon thrived his second year in the league last year at power forward. Yes he is undersized, however his newfound three point shot and his athletic ability was a problem for other less mobile forwards. Gordon was quicker than most fours in the NBA and that helped his game develop. Despite his athletic prowess, asking him to play the three at this point may be a bit much.

Still, Orlando wants Gordon to primarily play small forward. This is not smart at all. Gordon is a good mismatch for power forwards, but not quick enough to guard smaller players. Gordon is also not a good enough shooter to carry that load that comes with that position. Orlando signed Jeff Green this offseason as well. So again where does that leave Gordon? Do you start him, and give up offense. Or do you bench him and possible stunt his basketball development.

Here is Orlando’s projected starting five this season: Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Serge Ibaka, and Nikola Vucevic. See anything missing? How about some offense!

Orlando will be bad this year. Scoring the ball will be their biggest problem this year, this statement can be made for the past few seasons. It’ll be very interesting to see how all of this works out, on paper it doesn’t seem like a good match.

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

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