Orlando Magic offseason recap: Grades, preseason tier, modifications, finish of 2022-23 aim

September 18, 2022

The NBA offseason! It feels prefer it by no means stops. Besides right here’s the factor: I feel we obtained to a spot the place it’s mainly over and we’re simply treading water till we get to coaching camp towards the tip of September. Certain, we would get a commerce request from a disgruntled star participant earlier than we get to preseason, and that request is likely to be authorized by his incumbent crew. For probably the most half, it appears like we all know the place the free brokers are and the place rosters stand heading into subsequent season.

With that, I believed it was a great time to take a look at how rosters modified and what it means for all 30 NBA groups. We will try this by inspecting what occurred to them final season, how their 4 teams of gamers (lead guards, wings, forwards, and bigs) modified this summer season, whether or not or not the crew obtained higher, how they discover success with the brand new group, and provides them an general grade for the summer season. Additionally, we’ll convey you an area or nationwide professional to reply three urgent questions on this crew.

How an offseason ended up for every crew is dependent upon what their targets are for developing their group of fellows. These are the statuses obtainable for the 30 groups:

  • Rebuilding franchise
  • Uninterested in rebuilding franchise
  • Play-In Event offers them life
  • Playoff hopeful
  • Getting ready to rivalry
  • Contender
  • Championship or bust

In the present day, we’re breaking down the Orlando Magic (22-60), who’re hoping they’ve discovered their franchise man.


General grade from the offseason: B-
Group standing: Rebuilding Franchise

What occurred final season?

The Orlando Magic dove deep into the rebuilding pool final season, and the outcomes had been about what you’d count on. They misplaced the second most video games within the NBA behind Houston, and 14 of their 60 losses had been by 20 or extra factors, which put them tied for fourth with Detroit for probably the most 20-point losses. Orlando was making an attempt to determine tips on how to develop its younger expertise beneath first-year head coach Jamahl Mosley. We noticed some stunning struggle out of a younger beginning lineup, nevertheless it not often gave the Magic an actual likelihood to win most nights. The lineup of Cole Anthony, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Wendell Carter Jr. and Mo Bamba performed the eighth-most minutes within the NBA and was solely outscored by 1.1 factors per 100 possessions. For a crew that completed with a internet score of -8.1 final season, that’s unimaginable success for his or her essential lineup. It defended nicely, nevertheless it wasn’t in a position to rating.

Suggs battled accidents throughout his rookie marketing campaign, and we noticed him battle a lot on offense. However he nonetheless had a reasonably optimistic affect on the crew. His fellow rookie Wagner was a revelation. He was some of the spectacular gamers from an excellent rookie class, and we noticed Wagner present out time and time once more to provide the Magic followers some pleasure. The Magic had been truly fairly aggressive defensively, however they’d the worst offense within the league. Bamba and Carter each had bounce-back seasons. And finally Markelle Fultz made his debut after recovering from a knee damage the earlier season. This Orlando crew was searching for a star and a pacesetter, particularly on offense.

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Positional modifications

We might have some quibbles over which gamers belong in particular teams, however I’m simply going with my general impressions of the place they did belong and the place they in all probability will belong subsequent season. Not ordered within the anticipated depth chart. Additionally, lot of offers are accomplished on draft evening the place a participant is drafted by one crew for a commerce directed by their commerce companion. So we’re doing catch-alls for gamers acquired on draft evening as drafted by their present crew. It’s simply simpler that means.

You should definitely try David Aldridge’s crew offseason rankings with the Magic clocking in at No. 11.

Modifications to Orlando’s Lead Guards

Lead Guards 2021-22 Gamers 2022-23 Gamers

1

Cole Anthony

Cole Anthony

2

Jalen Suggs

Jalen Suggs

3

Markelle Fultz

Markelle Fultz

4

Devin Cannady

Devin Cannady

(Lead guards are simply thought-about the principle initiators from the backcourt place.)

Transactions: None

Did Orlando enhance right here? There’s no actual enchancment right here from a crew personnel standpoint as a result of the gamers are just about the identical. The place you’ll hopefully see enchancment should you’re the Magic or a Magic fan is with the well being/improvement of each Suggs and Fultz. Suggs had moments as a rookie however in the end struggled to make photographs whereas taking part in solely 48 video games. Fultz was recovering from an ACL tear and made it into simply 18 contests.

Modifications to Orlando’s Wings

Wings 2021-22 Gamers 2022-23 Gamers

1

Franz Wagner

Franz Wagner

2

Gary Harris Jr.

Terrence Ross

3

Terrence Ross

RJ Hampton

4

RJ Hampton

Caleb Houstan

5

Ignas Brazdeikis

Admiral Schofield

6

Admiral Schofield

Kevon Harris

7

x

Drake Jeffries

8

x

Gary Harris Jr.

(Wings will do some playmaking, however they’re principally there to get their job accomplished from the perimeter in numerous scoring or 3-and-D roles.)

Transactions: Re-signed Gary Harris Jr. (two years, $26 million) | Drafted Caleb Houstan with thirty second choose | Signed Admiral Schofield to two-way | Signed Kevon Harris to two-way | Signed Drake Jeffries (Exhibit 10)

Did Orlando enhance right here? I don’t suppose you may say they improved after the damage to Harris this offseason. After signing a two-year extension with the crew, Harris suffered a torn meniscus that can preserve him out for a while. He’ll hopefully be again this season. I just like the number of Houstan early within the second spherical. The whole lot else is simply hoping Wagner improves on his spectacular rookie season and RJ Hampton is ready to string collectively some good moments on each ends of the ground.

Modifications to Orlando’s Forwards

Forwards 2021-22 Gamers 2022-23 Gamers

1

Chuma Okeke

Paolo Banchero

2

Bol Bol

Jonathan Isaac

3

Jonathan Isaac

Chuma Okeke

4

x

Bol Bol

(Greater guys who aren’t fairly wings throughout the board, however they’re not constantly taking part in large enough to get the full-time “huge” distinction.)

Transactions: Drafted Paolo Banchero with first choose | Re-signed Bol Bol (two years, $4.4 million)

Did Orlando enhance right here? Large enchancment in two methods. Firstly, the Magic grabbed Banchero with the highest choose within the draft. He seems like a do-it-all prospect and a man with the makings of being the franchise participant the Magic have been searching for since Dwight Howard left. Secondly, the return of Jonathan Isaac needs to be an enormous addition to the Magic’s rotation. His knee damage saved him out since August 2020. His protection alone may assist rework a Magic crew determined for momentum.

Modifications to Orlando’s Bigs

Bigs 2021-22 Gamers 2022-23 Gamers

1

Mo Bamba

Mo Bamba

2

Wendell Carter Jr.

Wendell Carter Jr.

3

Robin Lopez

Moritz Wagner

4

Moritz Wagner

x

(The large fellas; it’s fairly self-explanatory.)

Transactions: Re-signed Mo Bamba (two years, $20.6 million)

Did Orlando enhance right here? No modifications right here apart from Robin Lopez shifting to a brand new crew in free company. The Magic re-signed Bamba on a reasonably cheap two-year deal. If he performs the way in which he did for a lot of final season, it’ll be a great worth play for them. His skill to pair with Carter final season was encouraging. Now he’ll want to point out he can work with Banchero on each ends.



Jonathan Isaac has been out since 2020 as a consequence of knee accidents. (David Richard / USA In the present day)

Did the crew get higher?

It in all probability is dependent upon what you consider Banchero as a difference-maker immediately, however I’m a believer. I feel the Magic did get higher, each when it comes to expertise and, clearly, when it comes to this franchise’s path. It could be so much simpler to purchase into them as extra of a crew with a great mixture of veterans and younger prospects if Harris hadn’t damage his knee. This was a quiet, delicate offseason for a crew that ended up with the highest choose within the draft. The additions of Banchero and Houstan had been huge for the longer term; now we simply wait and see how younger guys develop.

What does it imply for subsequent season?

We should always nonetheless in all probability count on numerous losses. Whereas Banchero is the main target of this crew and its publicity proper now, there are two different issues to actually control as we head into subsequent season. The very first thing is the backcourt. Suggs not with the ability to set up himself as the perfect guard on this crew can be an enormous disappointment. That’s no offense supposed towards Anthony or Fultz, however Suggs must be the man who units the tone with Banchero. He confirmed flashes of it defensively, however he has to make photographs. It’s so simple as that.

The opposite factor is what the wings and forwards are in a position to do, particularly how Wagner and Isaac work collectively. Wagner was an enormous win for them within the draft with that choose coming from the Nikola Vučević commerce. The place can his recreation go, and the way can Isaac match subsequent to him? We haven’t seen Isaac play in two years, so there can be some adjustment getting again on the court docket. If Isaac is similar defensive guru we noticed pre-injury, the mix of Isaac and Wagner with a rim protector behind them might be devastating for opponents. Throw in Suggs as a hound on the perimeter, and the Magic may need a top-10 protection extra rapidly than we assume.


Three fast questions with Mike Vorkunov, NBA and Basketball Enterprise author for The Athletic

Do we expect Paolo Banchero can be a star immediately? 

I don’t know if I’m able to say he’ll be an All-Star subsequent season — that’s so much to ask of any rookie — however I do suppose he can be actually good on the rookie curve and a productive participant. I feel he’ll truly be the shock of this rookie class as a result of there was so little hype for Banchero forward of the draft, and the idea was that he wouldn’t be the No. 1 choose. However at NBA Summer time League, I used to be shocked at how huge Banchero is, and I feel it’ll assist him make a neater transition to the NBA and do all of the issues the Magic will ask him to do.

Ought to Magic followers be extra enthusiastic about Suggs or Wagner shifting ahead?

Arduous to say it needs to be Suggs. He obtained damage, and he underperformed expectations as a rookie. Wagner, nevertheless, was a delight. He and Banchero appear to be the bedrocks for the Magic of their rebuild. Why wouldn’t Orlando love an enormous two-way wing? There needs to be loads of pleasure for Wagner, whereas Suggs stays a query.

Do we expect Isaac will have an effect instantly on this crew?

Is it doable to make use of a palms up shrug emoji right here? Isaac has performed in two NBA video games since he suffered a knee damage on Jan. 1, 2020. There was an ACL tear in August 2020 after which one other damage final season. It’s laborious to mission what to anticipate from Isaac when availability stays a query even when it has been two years since his ACL tear and he appears to be nearing a comeback. Isaac can be a wild card for the Magic, and it’ll be attention-grabbing to see how he matches right into a proficient frontcourt that has Banchero, Wagner, Bamba and Carter.

Group standing aim by finish of 2022-23: Uninterested in Rebuilding

(Photograph of Paolo Banchero: Ethan Miller / Getty Pictures)