In a season filled with more lows than highs, it may be difficult for diehard Orlando Magic fans to find hope for the future. But when Magic fans arise from another dark season, they will find a team that holds more promise than their record indicates.
Victor Oladipo comes to mind as one of the reasons Magic fans should have hope. The explosive rookie guard should easily take home the NBA‘s Rookie of the Year award and prove his critics wrong by displaying his skills as a point guard.
Another reason for optimism is the rise of Tobias Harris as a top tier forward. Despite missing 26 games to injury, the combo forward has proved that last year was not a fluke, using has athleticism to punish opposing forwards. With Glen Davis no longer clogging up the paint, Harris has averaged career highs in points (15.0) and rebounds (7.2).
With Harris and Oladipo providing the glue, and guard Arron Afflalo providing veteran leadership, the young Magic should be in the Eastern Conference playoff picture next season.
But if the Magic are to aim at a turnaround similar to what the upstart Charlotte Bobcats have done this season, the team will need to address the point guard position. All signs point to long time starter Jameer Nelson not returning next season, which leaves the under-performing E’Twaun Moore and Ronnie Price, who has barely played this season, as the point guard tandem heading into next season. This is where the draft could really help Orlando, as either Dante Exum or Marcus Smart would be great choices for the Magic.
If Orlando can shore up its point guard situation, the Magic should have the talent and depth to make some noise in the East next year and in future seasons to come.