I know it may seem like I am being a little harsh on Orlando Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn, but in reality, I’m just stating the obvious.
In his first year in the Magic Kingdom, he had to deal with a mesh mash of veterans and young players, and last season, he had to try to incorporate two young, talented players into the system while juggling the revolving line up. So yes, I do understand that his first two seasons were tough and that he needed to learn the craft of what it takes to be a head coach in the NBA.
But Vaughn is going into Year 3 of the post-Dwight Howard era, and he will be working with a more talented team in 2014-15 than he has the past two seasons. In other words, it’s time to stop giving Vaughn the benefit of the doubt, and start looking for results.
His first order of business should be coming up with a starting lineup and sticking to it. Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris are too vital to the Magic attack to be bench players. Those two need, and should, be in the starting line up this upcoming season.
Another phase that Vaughn must tackle is his offensive approach. I have lauded plenty of praise on him for turning the Magic into a good defensive team. But you also need offense to win, and Vaughn looked lost on that end too often last season. That needs to change in 2014-15.
If Vaughn expects to be the Magic’s head coach after 2015, then it’s time for him to start producing results. I’m not expecting playoffs, but this team is talented enough to win at least 35 games. Another sub-30 win season is not going to cut it anymore for Vaughn.
Class is over, Mr. Vaughn. Now it’s time for you to go out and make this team a winner. Or else.