Well, here we are. We knew after dealing three-time Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard that we’d be bad… but this bad? With a team that had so few wins this year, how could they possibly be competitive within the next few? I got news for you Negative Neddy, the Orlando Magic will be in the playoffs within the next two years! How? Let’s look deeper.
When the whole “amass talent and picks” plan started with new Magic GM Rob Hennigan, we knew they would be playing cellar dweller basketball with the Bobcats. Unlike the laughable ‘Cats, the Magic have acquired some legit talent.
“Maybe if I scoop up some Looney Toons and Bill Murray we can win 25 games.”
Nikola Vucevic is competing for the rebounding title against, you guessed it, Orlando’s #1 Meanie, Dwight Howard. He grabbed a single-game Orlando Magic record 20 rebounds, while also scoring 30 points on 9-17 shooting. Oh we lik’ dat!
At 19 years old, Maurice Harkless, who’s averaging 11.5 points per 36 minutes, is only going to get better. He’s great at defense and his athleticism will lead him to being an even better scorer in the future. More like HarkMORE… right… right?
“If we can figure out how to make you real, Bugs. We got a chance to win it all.”
As much of a fan as we were of J.J. Reddick, we got a hell of a steal in Tobias Harris! This dude can straight up ball. In just 22 games with the Magic, T-Har-Har posted 15.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. Dayum! Could Orlando be working the same magic OKC did with their rebuilding project?
I know these guys alone can’t bring the Magic back to relevance and more so, make buying those expensive Amway tickets worth it in the immediate but they’re great building blocks. With a healthy Affalo and Davis next year, the Magic could easily contend for… an 8th seed. It’s the Eastern conference after all… With just improvement of these young dudes, the Magic will DEF’ be back in their winning ways.
“25 Years of Breeding Lakers Excellence”
If anything, we can look forward to continuing to be the Lakers D-League team. If we do stink next year, at least we have a shot at Andrew Wiggins in 2014.