Aaron Gordon was playing like a man beyond his years, dunking over opponents and playing the tenacious defense that made him a house hold name in college. Elfrid Payton was looking like the point guard the Magic needed, shifting through defenders, finding the open teammate and playing tough defense. But the star of the show was Victor Oladipo, who looked every bit like the star player he will develop into next year.
The “kid” trio did not look like rookies on Saturday. They looked like three seasoned veterans who are looking to take central Florida and the NBA by storm. Everyone who doubted the moves made by the Magic front office now has a completely different view of this team now. Gordon in particular turned heads with his play, as he finished with seven points, five rebounds and one assist. Although he has a rough time shooting and turning the ball over, you could see why the Magic wanted Gordon with the fourth pick in the NBA Draft.
What was on display on Saturday was the future of the Magic, a team now built on talented players with great work ethics. This is the team Rob Hennigan is trying to build, and from the looks of things, he may have succeeded.
Oladipo, Gordon and Payton ore the bedrocks of the Magic’s future. And from the looks of things, the future looks to be in good hands.