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Magic
D
2012-13 Season Stats
W-L 20-62
PCT .244
DIV 3-13
CONF 10-42
HOME 12-29
ROAD 8-33
Frontcourt
C
Glen Davis returns from injury and joins a young core led by Nik Vucevic, Tobias Harris, Mo Harkless, Andrew Nicholson and Kyle O'Quinn. Vucevic showed flashes of dominance last season. This deep group has to be developed properly.
Backcourt
D
Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo are steady veterans but don't offer much upside, which is where rookie Victor Oladipo, the No. 2 pick in the Draft, comes into play. If he's as good as the Magic brass thinks he is and could become, watch out.
Defense
D
Lacking both a defensive identity and an identifiable lock-down defender, the Magic failed to raise any eyebrows here. Finding a player willing to serve that role will be tough, especially with so many youngsters focusing on offense first.
Bench
D
The parade of big bodies the Magic will throw at foes could be impressive. And whoever goes to the bench in the backcourt will serve as instant offense. Oladipo wasn't drafted where he was so he could chase Sixth Man of the Year honors.
Coaching
C
Jacque Vaughn surprised some with his readiness for the job. He's another coach with the Gregg Popovich seal of approval, which is the gold standard around the league today. He should be more comfortable in the gig in his second season. Vaughn won't have the no-expectations factor that worked in his favor last season, though.
Summary

Magic fans had to feel a sense of relief watching Dwight Howard bolt on the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, knowing that it wasn't anything against them personally. Howard had to find the place he felt most comfortable and did so in Houston. What still stings, though, is the precipitous drop from Eastern Conference power to lottery crew and how hard it is and how lucky you have to be (in the lottery) to change your fortunes.

This group can show all the promise in the world this season and squeeze every ounce of production out of this roster that they can and they'll still be light years away from where they were as recently as 2009, when they finished the season as the best team in the Eastern Conference and matched up against the Lakers in The Finals. All of the assets the Magic can pile up won't change that fact as GM Rob Henningan continues along with the franchise's rebuilding plan.

-- Sekou Smith

2012-13 Team Rating
Offense Defense
98.9 106.7
27th Overall 25th Overall