The Orlando Magic have been impressive in the short NBA season. But can they continue on their torrid start?
The Orlando Magic are off to a hot start to the 2017-18 NBA season. Whether its team stats, scoring averages, or games the Magic should have won, the Magic will be full of surprises this season.
Here are five predictions for the Orlando Magic through the remaining 2017-2018 NBA season.
5. The Magic Will Beat More Elite Level Teams
That’s right. It’s been spoken into existence. Last week the Orlando Magic defeated a tough Cleveland Cavaliers team by 21 points. That was with LeBron James on the court. And without Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton.
And that trend will continue as the season wears on.
The Magic have been known for playing up — or down — to the level of competition, and they will rightfully play up to teams like the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Golden State Warriors.
They play one of the fastest paces of basketball in the NBA thus far and nothing suggests that will cease anytime soon. The Magic will need added support beams to hold up the win column this year.
4. Someone Will Be Traded Before The All-Star Break
The telling signs for the Orlando Magic indicate the team will move someone before the All Star break. The Magic are one of the deepest teams in the league. On any given night, they could play man one through 15 and expect to earn a win. That means someone is expendable and will be used as trade bait.
A few players are up for restricted free agency and some are on one year rentals. Orlando brass surely have a few different plan of actions they could pursue depending on how the season plays out.
As the front office continues to evaluate players this season, someone will be moved to increase the likelihood that Orlando does not return to the NBA lottery next summer. Expect the move to occur sooner than later if Orlando can continue to show signs of being more playoff ready than initially expected.
3. The Orlando Magic Offense Will Remain A Top Five Offense
Someone say this isn’t the twilight zone. Well, if it is, let’s stay here forever.
Frank Vogel is known for his defensive strategies. Not necessarily his offense. But let’s play the game of extrapolation. If it happened previously, it will happen again unless something comes along and changes the flow.
The Magic have proved their game plan can be dominate as they continue to play great offense — and solid defense — through key player injuries. A few players are off to strong scoring games that will surely settle down as the season progresses but the difference is they never wander from the game plan. And that is to continue to shoot the three ball— make or miss — and stay aggressive.
2. The Orlando Magic Will Finish As A Top Four Team In The Eastern Conference
Before anyone gets antsy and starts trying to dispel the notion, ask the question of Why Not? The Eastern Conference is not the runaway it used to be in the past. Unfortunately, injuries happen. Chemistry conflicts happen. Player regression happens. Don’t be so quick to throw out the They have yet to prove anything argument either. They are proving they can score in bunches in an offensive league. The future looks bright in the city of Disney.
Just accept that things happens.
1. The Orlando Magic Will Have Not One But Multiple All-stars This Season
At first glance, the idea of having one all-star this season was farfetched. But a void has to be filled as the Eastern Conference lost four all-star front court players to the West and only gained one who went down with a horrific leg injury. Those events have created opportunity.
Players like Nikola Vucevic, Jonathan Simmons, Aaron Gordon, and Evan Fournier may not garner a ton of fan votes outside of Orlando (wink, wink), but the way they are playing will surely gain media and coaches attention. If the wins continue to rack up, don’t be surprised to see a combination of some sort of these players in Los Angeles come mid February.