Orlando Magic 2017 Season Preview
The Orlando Magic are still in a rebuild. Evan Fournier led Orlando in scoring last season.
Orlando may finally have the depth to avoid picking in the top 5 of the NBA Draft. This team is still not a playoff team.
People say point guard Elfrid Payton has potential. He played 30.4 minutes per game and only averaged 8.9 points per game and 6.5 assists per game. His backup C.J. Watson only averaged 10 points per game. Orlando will not be a threat in the Eastern Conference until they make an upgrade at point guard.
Victor Oladipo led the Orlando Magic had 17.9 points per game. Oladipo's backup Evan Fournier averaged 12 points per game at shooting guard. That depth at shooting guard makes Orlando an potential dark horse in a few years.
Small forward Tobias Harris is still the best player on the team even with Oladipo's breakout season. Mario Hezonja who the Magic took fifth overall played small forward for F.C. Barcelona in Croatia in 2013-2014, but he moved to shooting guard in 2014-2015. Hezonjia is moving back to small forward and will learn behind Tobias Harris.
Power forward Channing Frye only averaged 7.3 points per game as the starting power forward. Aaron Gordon the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft out of Arizona dealt with injuries as a rookie. If Gordon does not win the starting job from Frye then Orlando will need to draft a power forward as well as a point guard.
Center Nikola Vucevic led the team with 19.3 points per game. His backup Jason Smith only posted 8 points per game.
Orlando is a bottom 10 team, but no longer a bottom 5 team. If Vucevic gets injured this becomes the worst team in the NBA.
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 3/6/2016.
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