The Orlando Magic came in this season with hopes of breaking through in 2016-17, but it’s going all wrong for Orlando.
— Orlando Magic Daily (@OMagicDaily) February 5, 2017
The Magic are currently sitting in the 13th seed in the East holding a 20-33 record. For the past four NBA seasons, the Orlando Magic have struggled to make the NBA Playoffs.
After the chaos with ex-Magic center Dwight Howard, things have gone south for Orlando. Before all that, Orlando was a playoff-contending team in the Eastern conference. They reached two consecutive Eastern Conference Finals appearances, also including their second ever NBA Finals appearance in 2009 against the Los Angeles Lakers, losing the series 1-4.
The Orlando Magic currently sit at the bottom of the conference with a situation that does not look good for their future. Looking at the bright side, the Dwight Howard move did bring talented young players to Orlando, including Nikola Vucevic and Maurice Harkless. In the past five seasons, we’ve seen Nikola Vucevic rack up double figures with Orlando. Even though he doesn’t really add much defensively, his offensive efficiency does is a positive for Orlando. He has had three seasons averaging a double-double with Orlando.
Harkless was a decent piece for Orlando, but the Magic traded him to Portland in exchange for a 2020 second round pick. Harkless is a fantastic role player, but it seemed like Orlando did not want to pay him.
Orlando incorporated a new addition to the franchise when they hired Frank Vogel as head coach this past summer. You would think that Orlando would move upward, but sadly, the Magic have made bad decisions this season. Orlando made a huge move by trading away Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sobonis for Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka
With this new addition to Orlando’s roster, it has ruined their growth as a team and especially Aaron Gordon. Gordon, who is a natural power forward, has been moved to a small forward to be able to add Ibaka. Things got worse for Orlando as they signed Bismack Biyombo to a huge contract for four years and $72 million dollars.
The new addition to the roster was made to balance out Orlando’s offense with Nikola Vucevic with the defense and rim protection of Bismack. Biyombo really isn’t a player you would want to give a contract like that. Right now, Biyombo is only playing around 23 minutes per game with Orlando, as he has been inserted in and out of the Magic starting lineup.
The Orlando Magic would have to make some serious changes if they want go back to being the contenders they were four years ago.