The Orlando Magic had the worst record (20-62) in the NBA last season. They were even worse than the Charlotte Bobcats despite having some talented pieces in players like Glen Davis and shooting guard Aaron Afflalo.
Due to the fact that they were in the rock bottom of the standings, the Magic have no other way to go than up in the ladder. They had a relatively strong draft where they selected swingman Victor Oladipo, who most experts considered to be a stretch at No. 2, but could end up having a very solid career if he’s able to translate his preseason game into the NBA level, and forward Romero Osby. With another year of their young core playing together, the Magic could have a better performance overall.
With that being said, their schedule is very complicated. Being in the Eastern Conference means they will have to face teams like the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks four times over the season, so they will have some tough matchups ahead of themselves.
The Magic will have a very complicated November, facing the Heat two times and playing also against teams like the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers, which could mean a slow start into the season. March will be another tough part of the year for them as they visit the Spurs, Heat, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers, among others. Their end of the year isn’t going to be a walk in the park, either. Their final five games are against the Brooklyn Nets twice, Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls and Pacers.
Since the Magic are clearly beginning their rebuilding stage, they are expected to struggle this year. They will have some tough opponents down the road, but they have too much young talent to end up the worst team in the league for a second-straight season. Look for their young core to develop some chemistry toward the end of the campaign as they will improve their overall record by a slight margin.
Projected overall record: 29-53.