Tuesday, September 30, 2014

30 Teams in 30 Days: Orlando Magic

It's day 2 of our "30 Teams in 30 Days" series, which began yesterday with a look inside the Atlanta Hawks, and today, we continue our series in Orlando, with a look at the rebuilding Magic, as they look for a fresh start with a couple of new faces.

Last season's record: 23-59(5th in Southeast Division; 13th in Eastern Conference)

Head Coach: Jacque Vaughn(2nd season, 23-59 record)

Key losses: Jameer Nelson

New additions: Ben Gordon, Luke Ridnour, Aaron Gordon

Arena: Amway Center(18,846)

Website: OrlandoMagic.com

Last season was a down year for the Orlando Magic, finishing with a 23-59 mark in Jacque Vaughn's first season as an NBA head coach, and it would eventually turn out to be the last for Jameer Nelson in an Orlando uniform, as many of the Magic fans in Central Florida were already looking ahead to the 2014-15 campaign as the franchise continues its rebuilding phase, through the draft and free agency.

They did get some of those good needs to replace Nelson by signing Luke Ridnour and Ben Gordon, who spent last season with Charlotte, and added some more depth by drafting Aaron Gordon in last summer's NBA Draft, to give Orlando a fresh outlook entering the 2014-15 season.

In short, the Magic could be a sleeper team in the Eastern Conference and in the Southeast Division, which could be wide open with teams that may contend in that division, such as the Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, and the Charlotte Hornets, and if it all goes well to plan, Orlando could have a legitimate shot to return to playoff glory, but first, they have to work together as a team and start winning again.

Upcoming team previews in the "30 Teams in 30 Days" series

  • Wednesday: Miami Heat
  • Thursday: New Orleans Pelicans
  • Friday: Houston Rockets
  • Saturday: San Antonio Spurs

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