Based on the way the Orlando Magic handled the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night, you would never guess that they are only 14-37, a record good enough for the second worst team in the NBA. They shot 49 percent from the field, including 29 team assists as they went on to win 112-98. Victor Oladipo led the way with 20 points off the bench as five Magic players scored in double figures.
Ever since the falling out with Dwight Howard, Orlando has been marred by poor play and even poorer records. However, every now and then, they put together a great game and I am left scratching my head, but I guess a blind squirrel will find an acorn every now and then. As much as I enjoy that old saying, I don’t think that it applies to Orlando. Let’s face it, Howard mutilated that team before ditching them. He whined and cried until they fired Stan Van Gundy and Howard still left. So, I guess these last couple years of hardship are some what acceptable.
Now that that has been discussed, I can look to the future and figure out how to fix Orlando. The team has some nice pieces as they have some glimpses of brilliance, but youth and inexperience have outweighed those brief flashes of success. The key word for Orlando is patience. There are only three players that are 30 years of age or higher. The average age of the Magic is 25 years old and based on the looks of this season, the Magic will be landing another lottery pick.
There are two things that Orlando needs to become a threat in the East. The first is a star big man, or someone who has the potential to be a star. Howard’s departure left a significant hole in not only the front court, but the whole Magic roster. They still have Glen Davis, but he is not the star big man that Orlando needs. I expect the Magic to either draft a power forward/center or sign one in the offseason.
The second key to Orlando becoming a force is patience. The Magic team is very young and the only way to get better is through time and experience. With one or two more solid draft classes, a few offseason moves, and some more experience, the Magic can start to become a threat in the East.
Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantNBA, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at ShaneRantNBA@gmail.com.