Last season: 22-60; thirtieth in offense, seventeenth in defenseKey additions: SF Bol BolKey subtractions: C Robin Lopez, PF Ignas BrazdeikisDraft picks: PF Paolo Banchero (first), SF Caleb Houstan (thirty second)
April 13, 2019, wasn’t a lot of a high-water mark, however it should do for now. That was the day the Orlando Magic gained Game 1 of their first-round playoff collection towards the eventual champion Toronto Raptors. It was the crowning second of a 42-40 common season, a cut-off date that represents the one successful season and one in every of solely two playoff wins in 10 post-“Dwightmare” seasons. In six of those 10 seasons, the Magic gained between 20 and 25 video games, together with the final two.
Who’s able to make it seven of 11? It’s been a tough go … and it’s truthful to ask when the distress ends. Fortunately, some sparkles of sunshine emanate from a distant tunnel. The Magic’s intentional pivot away from quasi-respectable mediocrity within the 2020-21 season has already reaped the advantages of a lottery decide from Chicago that was Franz Wagner and a denuded roster dangerous sufficient to nab the highest decide within the 2022 draft and land Banchero.
Other items have joined the assemblage as effectively, and even because the Magic acquired their brains beat in final season, a few them made noticeable strides.