Is the Orlando Magic Playoff Material?

By Kareem Gantt
Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic
Mike Dinovo-USA Today Sports

The Orlando Magic has done a good job this summer stocking up the roster with a mix of talented rookies and veterans. Now that it seems like the Magic’s offseason roster appears set, the one question that remains is if this current roster is worthy of the playoffs?

Many pundits say no, due to the Magic’s youthful starting line-up and supposedly over-the-hill veteran bench. But let’s look at those for a second. The youthful line-up will be one of the most athletic and talented starting lineups in the NBA next season. Victor Oladipo should be a better all-around player, Tobias Harris should be his sidekick, Nikola Vucevic should be healthy, and Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton should be as good as advertised.

And what about the bench? Yes, Ben Gordon may seem washed up, but we also said the same thing about Vince Carter, and what did he do last season? Nothing but have one of the best seasons for a sixth man last year. So there is some hope for Gordon if he can regain at least a fraction of his former self. And Channing Frye will be a terrific addition to the bench, as he can spread the floor with his shooting and lead the charge off the bench. And don’t forget about Evan Fournier, the second-year guard from Denver who can be a spark plug off the bench.

With the East still relatively weak, it would not be a surprise if the Magic can sneak into the playoffs as an eighth seed. Orlando still has some tinkering to do, but it should be a deeper and talented roster this coming season that may be in the running to re-join the postseason party.

Kareem Gantt covers the Orlando Magic for Rant Sports. For more from this author, ‘follow’ him on Twitter, ‘like’ him on Facebook, and ‘add’ him to your network on Google

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