The Orlando Magic had a lot of problems last season. One of those problems was the consistently revolving door of the starting lineup, and on that front, the person who needs to be blamed for that door is head coach Jacque Vaughn.
Vaughn is a disciple of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, and he should know the finer details of how consistently rotate his starters and bench players. But too often last season, Vaughn was indecisive on who he wanted in his starting unit. For example, for all of his brilliance last season, Victor Oladipo spent a lot of his rookie year being bounced from starter to sixth man. There is no doubt that the constant shuffling from the starting unit to the bench hurt his production.
Vaughn was no better with Tobias Harris, a gifted forward who has the chance to take the next leap forward as a star next season. Both Harris and Oladipo preformed their best as starters, while the Magic’s offense suffered when they were shunted to the bench. So it should be a no brainier that Oladipo and Harris are locked in as starters this year, given the departure of Aaron Afflalo and the fact that the Magic needs another offensive talent to take the pressure off of Nikola Vucevic.
But who knows what is going through Vaughn’s mind as far as his rotation goes. But what we do know is that in order for the Magic to be playoff contenders this season, he needs to have his mind made up on what his rotation is going to be. Because another season of musical chairs will mean another season in the lottery — and possibly for Vaughn, a trip to the unemployment office.