Josh Cohen’s Analysis: Shortly after being named the general manager of the Magic, Rob Hennigan decided it was best to refurbish the roster and gradually transition back into being a championship contender. This meant trading Dwight Howard for a slew of budding young talent, clearing salary cap space and building through the draft.
Though it’s rational to assume this upcoming season will be another rebuilding campaign, it’s not impractical for Orlando to soar up the standings more rapidly. If the young core including Nikola Vucevic, Maurice Harkless, Tobias Harris, Victor Oladipo and Andrew Nicholson progress more swiftly, perhaps the Magic could challenge for a postseason spot.
It’s a constant debate around the league, especially for this season with a highly touted draft class likely on the horizon. Is it more advantageous to be a low playoff seed or be in the draft lottery with a chance of landing a potential franchise savior?
If Orlando is in the running for a playoff berth this season, there will be some stiff competition around it. We know Miami, Indiana, Chicago, Brooklyn and New York are locks to advance to the playoffs and other clubs, including Cleveland, Detroit and Washington, are expected to make big strides this season. CLICK NEXT for an evaluation of the teams the Magic will be battling with for a playoff spot in 2014.