The playoffs might not be in the question, but the Orlando Magic can still reek havoc on the rest of the NBA teams. Actually, at this point, the only fun the Magic organization can have is either trying to play spoiler or they can hire some clowns to blow up balloon animals for them. I think the young talent of Orlando would rather avoid the latter and try to win as many games as they can.
At least that looked to be the plan of Tobias Harris, whose game-ending slam dunk propelled the Magic over league leading Oklahoma City Thunder, 103-102. Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka combined for 55 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds and six blocks, but it wasn’t enough as Harris led the way for Orlando with 18 points, including the youngster’s heroic throw-down.
This season may not be anything for Magic fans to jump and cheer about, but the future has a bright spot. Harris is only part of a handful of very young and talented players Orlando has rounded up. Besides Harris, there is Victor Oladipo, Maurice Harkless and Nikola Vuevic. All four players are under the age of 25 and seem to have bright careers ahead of them. Orlando has some options when it comes to its roster. It has plenty of youthful talent to wheel and deal with or maybe use to acquire a savvy veteran or a higher draft pick.
Harris’ dunk is only a sign of a positive future for the Magic team and I know they need to hear that after the whole Dwight Howard saga. Whether they decide to keep their young core together and add the necessary piece around it or use it to trade for different players, there is light in a very dark place for a floundering franchise.
Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for RantSports.com. You can 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.