2009-10 Record: 59-23
First place, Southeast Division
Lost in conference finals to Boston
C Dwight Howard
G Vince Carter
C Marcin Gortat
F Rashard Lewis
G Jameer Nelson
F Mickael Pietrus
F Brandon Bass
F Ryan Anderson
F Matt Barnes.
G J.J. Redick (restricted)
G Anthony Johnson (unrestricted)
Areas of strength:
Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat are probably the best starting center and best backup center in the league. And in a league that's bereft of quality big men, that makes the Magic the envy of everyone. Both have barely tapped their prime.
Vince Carter is approaching middle age and is no longer the feared scorer he was in Toronto and for a time, New Jersey. As his shooting percentage drops, the Magic's hunt for his replacement at the 2-guard should rise, especially with J.J. Redick a restricted free agent.
Two stats that matter:
0 -- Number of games Fran Vazquez, No. 1 in 2005, played for Orlando.
1 -- Number of drafted players who became All-Stars since the Magic took Shaquille O'Neal in 1993 (Dwight Howard).
The way to go:
If the Magic have already given up on Brandon Bass, who didn't play much this season, then Gani Lawal (6-9) from Georgia Tech could be an option. That, or the best shooter available.