Orlando Magic offseason team summary: Scores, pre-season class, changes, end goal 2022-23

The NBA Its season! It never seems to stop. Except here’s the thing: I think we got to a place where we basically ended up dealing with the water until we got to boot camp at the end of September. Certainly, we may receive a request to trade from a disgruntled star player before we reach pre-season, and that request may be approved by his current team. For the most part, it feels like we know where the free agents are and where the rosters stand on the way into next season.

With that, I thought it was a good time to look at how the rosters are changing and what that means for all 30 of the NBA teams. We can do this by examining what happened to them last season, how his four groups of players (main keepers, wingspans, strikers and seniors) changed this summer, whether the team improved or not, how they achieved success with the new group, and give them an overall rating for the summer. Also, we’ll provide you with a local or national expert to answer three burning questions about this team.

How far each team ended up depends on their goals to build their group of guys. These are the states available for the 30 teams:

  • Rebuild the franchise
  • Tired of rebuilding the franchise
  • The Play-In Championship gives them life
  • Watch the play-off
  • On the brink of controversy
  • rival
  • Championship or bankruptcy

Today, we disassemble Orlando Magic (22-60), who hope to find their franchisee.


Out-of-season overall score: B-
Team State: Rebuilding the Franchise

What happened last season?

The Orlando Magic dived deep into the rebuilding basin last season, and the results are about what you’d expect. They have lost the second most games in the NBA behind them Houstonand 14 of 60 losses were 20 points or more, which tied them for fourth place with Detroit For the largest number of losses 20 pips. Orlando was trying to figure out how to develop her young talents under first-year coach Jamal Mosley. We saw surprise fights from a young starting lineup, but it rarely gave the Magic a real chance to win most nights. variety Cole AnthonyAnd the Galen SuggsAnd the Franz WagnerAnd the Wendell Carter Jr. And the I am Bamba He played the eighth most minutes in the NBA and was only outdone by 1.1 points per 100 possessions. For a team that finished with a net rating of -8.1 last season, this was an incredible success for the main lineup. He defended well, but couldn’t score.

Suggs struggled with injuries during his junior campaign, and we saw him struggle a lot in attack. But he still had a positive impact on the team. Fellow rookie Wagner was a revelation. He was one of the most impressive players from the very good rookie class, and we’ve seen Wagner appear time and time again to give Magic fans some excitement. The Magic were actually very competitive defensively, but they faced the worst attack in the league. Both Bamba and Carter had seasons to bounce back. In the end Markel Fultz He made his debut after recovering from a knee injury the previous season. The Orlando team was looking for a star and captain, especially in attack.


position changes

We may have some quirks about players who belong to specific groups, but I just go with my general impressions of where they belong and where they will likely belong next season. They are not arranged in the expected depth chart. Also, a lot of deals are made on draft night as the player is drafted by one team for a deal that is directed by their trading partner. So we’re including players earned on Draft Night as drafted by their current team. It’s easier this way.

Be sure to check out David Aldridge’s off-season rankings with Magic scoring 11.

Changes to the lead guards in Orlando

bullet guards 2021-22 players 2022-23 players

1

Cole Anthony

Cole Anthony

2

Galen Suggs

Galen Suggs

3

Markel Fultz

Markel Fultz

4

Devin Canada

Devin Canada

(The main guards are the main initiators from the rear area position.)

Transactions: no one

Has Orlando improved here? There is no real improvement here from the point of view of the team members because the players are pretty much the same. Where you’ll hopefully see an improvement if you’re a fan of magic or a fan of magic is with the health/development of both Suggs and Fultz. Suggs had moments as a rookie but eventually struggled to take shots while playing only 48 games. Fultz was recovering from a ruptured ACL and made it to just 18 competitions.

Changes to the Orlando Wings

wings 2021-22 players 2022-23 players

1

Franz Wagner

Franz Wagner

2

Gary Harris Jr.

Terence Ross

3

Terence Ross

RJ Hampton

4

RJ Hampton

Caleb Hostan

5

Ignace Bradikis

Admiral Schofield

6

Admiral Schofield

Kevin Harris

7

x

Drake Jeffries

8

x

Gary Harris Jr.

(Wings will do some game making, but they’re mostly there to get their stuff done from the ocean in different recording or 3D roles.)

Transactions: Re-signed Gary Harris Jr. (2 years, $26 million) | coined Caleb Hostan With check 32 | Admiral Schofield fell in two directions | Occurred Kevin Harris two-way | Occurred Drake Jeffries (Fig. 10)

Has Orlando improved here? I don’t think you can say they have improved after Harris’ injury off season. After signing a two-year extension with the team, Harris suffered a meniscus tear that would keep him out for a while. We hope to return this season. Love picking Houston early in the second round. Everything else is just hoping Wagner gets better in his impressive rookie season and RJ Hampton can pull some good moments together on both ends of the floor.

Changes to the Orlando strikers

attackers 2021-22 players 2022-23 players

1

Shuma Okeke

Paulo Banchero

2

was was

Jonathan Isaac

3

Jonathan Isaac

Shuma Okeke

4

x

was was

(Larger players who don’t have wings across the board, but don’t play consistently big enough to get a full-time “big” distinction.)

Transactions: coined Paulo Banchero With the first choice | re-sign was was (2 years, $4.4 million)

Has Orlando improved here? Huge improvement in two ways. First and foremost, Magic took over Banchero with the top pick in the draft. He looks like a do-it-all prospect and someone who has the makings of being the franchise player he’s been searching for since the passing of Dwight Howard. Second, back Jonathan Isaac It should be a massive addition to the magic rotation. A knee injury has kept him off the field since August 2020. His defense alone can help turn a desperate Magic team for momentum.

Changes in Orlando Bigs

grown ups 2021-22 players 2022-23 players

1

I am Bamba

I am Bamba

2

Wendell Carter Jr.

Wendell Carter Jr.

3

Robin Lopez

Moritz Wagner

4

Moritz Wagner

x

(Great comrades; it’s pretty self-explanatory.)

Transactions: Mo Bamba re-signed (2 years, $20.6 million)

Has Orlando improved here? There are no changes here other than Robin Lopez Transfer to a new team in a free agency. The Magic re-signed Bamba to a very reasonable two-year deal. If he played the way he did for most of last season, it would be a good value game for them. His ability to pair up with Carter last season was encouraging. He will now need to demonstrate his ability to work with Banchero on both sides.



Jonathan Isaac has been out of action since 2020 due to knee injuries. (David Richard/USA Today)

Is the team improving?

It probably depends on what you think of Panchero as an immediate difference maker, but I’m a believer. I think Magic just got better, both in terms of talent and in terms of the direction of the franchise. It would be much easier to buy them as a team with a good mix of veterans and youngsters if Harris hadn’t hurt his knee. This was a quiet and delicate time for a team that ended up with the top pick in the draft. The additions for Banchero and Houstan were big for the future. Now we just wait and see how young people develop.

What does this mean for the upcoming season?

We can expect a lot of losses. While Banchero is the focus and exposure of this team right now, there are two other things to really watch as we head into next season. The first thing is the back area. Suggs’ inability to establish himself as the best goalkeeper on this team would be a huge disappointment. This isn’t an insult to Anthony or Fultz, but Suggs should be the guy to set the tone with Banchero. He showed flashes of him defensively, but he has to shoot. It’s that easy.

The other thing is what the Wings and Attackers are able to do, specifically how Wagner and Isaac work together. Wagner scored a big win for them in the draft as this selection came from Nikola Vucevic trade. Where does his game go, and how could Isaac be by his side? We haven’t seen Isaac play in two years so there will be some adjusting to get back on the field. If Isaac is the same defensive master we saw before the injury, then combining Isaac and Wagner with an edge guard behind them could be devastating to opponents. Throw Suggs as a hound on the ocean, and magic might have a top-10 defense faster than we suppose.


Three Quick Questions with Mike Vorkunoff, NBA Writer and Business Basketball Writer the athlete

Do we think Paulo Panchero will be an instant star?

I don’t know if I’m ready to say he’s going to be an All-Star next season – that’s a lot to ask of any rookie – but I think he’ll be really good on the junior curve and a productive player. I think it would actually be a surprise to this junior class because there was so little hype for Banchero before the draft, and the belief was that he wouldn’t be the first pick. But in the NBA Summer League, I was surprised by how big Banchero is, and I think it would help him easily transition into the NBA and do all the things magic would ask him to do.

Should Magic fans be more excited about Suggs or Wagner going forward?

It’s hard to say it should be Suggs. He got hurt, and his performance fell short of expectations as a rookie. However, Wagner was delighted. He and Banchero seem to be the bedrock of magic in their rebuilding. Why doesn’t Orlando like big, two-way wings? There must be a lot of excitement for Wagner, while Suggs remains a question.

Do we think Isaac will have an immediate impact on this team?

Is it possible to use emoji ignoring hands here? Isaac has played in two NBA games since sustaining a knee injury on January 1, 2020. There was an ACL tear in August 2020 and then another injury last season. It’s hard to predict what to expect from Isaac when availability remains a question even if it’s been two years since his ACL ruptured and he appears to be close to making a comeback. Isaac will be a wild card for magic, and it will be interesting to see how he fits into a talented front yard that includes Banchero, Wagner, Bamba and Carter.

Team state goal by the end of 2022-23: tired of rebuilding

(Photo by Paolo Panchero: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)