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Are there any positives for the Orlando Magic regarding the Dwight-Deal?
Posted By Andrew Chibani On Aug 13 2012 @ 9:04 pm In Orlando Magic | 5 Comments
Everyone is so fascinated with the immediate impact that the Magic did not receive when they shipped away Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-team trade that immensely helped the other three teams.
This trade is in no way going to help the Magic in the near future but there is one positive, the front office can now forget about all of Dwight’s drama and focus on rebuilding. Since Dwight Howard claimed that he wanted to be traded, he has slowly ripped apart the Orlando Magic organization.
The ownership for the Orlando Magic did whatever they could to please Howard, firing head coach Stan Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith but in the end it did not matter because of one main factor. Over time, the Magic failed to upgrade the team around him.
Since the Magic reached the NBA Finals in 2009, the front office failed to put the right pieces around Howard. Taking chances on numerous players such as Vince Carter, Gilbert Arenas, Matt Barnes, Jason Williams, Micakel Pietrus and Brandon Bass. I can go on and on about the numerous deals that they have made in the past three years and give my insight on each move but that will come in another post.
I still believe that this still falls on Dwight Howard. “Superman” showed the past two years that he was unwilling or incapable to carry the Magic. It never seemed as if Dwight ever lobbied for players that he would like to play with in Orlando but more towards the few teams that he would like to play for, making it much more difficult for the front office.
Looking forward, it was already assumed among most NBA critics that the Orlando Magic were not going to be a contender this upcoming season and possibly the following due to Howard’s actions and the overall talent on the team.
The Magic passed up an offer from the Brooklyn Nets that would have sent Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks, Kris Humprhries and four unprotected picks.
The Rockets offer was also passed up which would have included a couple of future first-round picks, Kevin Martin, Patrick Patterson, Maurice Morris, and the rights to one or two of the Rocket’s first round picks: Jeremy Lamb, Royce White, or Terrence Jones.
The Magic ended up accepting a four-team deal which brought in Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Maurice Harkless, Josh McRoberts and Nikola Vucevic.
Would these deals have made the Magic a better team this upcoming year compared to the now Dwight-less Magic? Yes, I believe so but what would about in five years. I don’t believe that the Magic could compete with their counterparts in the East with a nucleus of those players and most likely mid-to-late first round draft picks.
I think both of those trades would have made the Magic a bit more competitive than the Magic that we are about to see this upcoming year but it seems hard to believe that those players would not be shipped elsewhere in due time as the Magic would continue to make moves to better their overall roster.
This trade shows that the Magic front office is not trying to put together a team that will get them to the playoffs but rather one that can compete for an NBA Championship. They understand that they must take the long road and build through the draft.
With this roster, the Magic faithful should be looking toward next years NBA Lottery and the possibilities of landing Shabazz Muhammad, Nerlens Noel, James Michael McAdoo, Cody Zeller, or the numerous prospects that could create some buzz this year.
Lets take a look at the roster before and after the trade:
Before the trade
PG 1. Jameer Nelson 2. Chris Duhon
SG 1. Jason Richardson, JJ Reddick
SF 1. Hedo Turkoglu 2. Quentin Richardson 3. Earl Clark
PF 1. Glen Davis 2. Andrew Nicholson 3. Justin Harper
C 1. Dwight Howard 2. Gustavo Ayon 2. Kyle O’Quinn
Magic projected starting lineup
PG 1. Jameer Nelson
SG 1. Arron Afflalo 2. J.J. Redick
SF 1. Hedo Turkoglu 2. Quentin Richardson 3. Maurice Harkless 4. Christian Eyenga
PF 1. Glen Davis 2. 3. Josh McRoberts 4. Andrew Nicholson 4. Justin Harper
C 1. Nikola Vucevic 2. Al Harrington 3.Gustavo Ayon 3. Kyle O’Quinn
With this roster, it is best to expect a maximum of 25 wins in a full 82 game season. I hate to say it but I think this trade puts the Magic in the bottom echelon of the NBA. Will the Magic be as bad as the Charlotte Bobcats of last year, who only won seven games in a 66 game season? No, they will not but the Magic will not be a good team.
Magic fans can expect to see Jameer Nelson, Glen Davis, Hedo Turkoglu, and the newly acquired Arron Affllalo to lead the way on offense. Nobody on the Magic’s roster has averaged over 20.0 points per game over the course of a season, other than Al Harrington in 2008-2009 with the New York Knicks when he averaged 20.7 PPG in 68 games.
The Magic does not have a superstar to carry this team and it will show through the course of the year. There is potential in Maurice Harkless, who was also acquired in the Dwight-deal, but he is probably a year away from contributing as a complete basketball player due to his streaky jump shot.
The Magic should look to build around a young nucleus of Maurice Harkless and Andrew Nicholson but these two players are not quite yet ready to be thrown in the fire of the NBA.
So who becomes expendable and what other options are out there? I’ll be back in a couple days with some of my own opinions regarding the Magic’s future.
In conclusion, I think it is safe to say that the Magic expect to suck it up to regain their form as an elite team rather than rely on players that can scratch their way to the playoffs but never achieve greatness.
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