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Topic Title: NBA season starts Magic first game tonight.
Topic Summary: Do we care?
Created On: 10/23/2019 11:05 AM
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 NBA season starts Magic first game tonight.   - Central Floridave - 10/23/2019 11:05 AM  
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They made the playoffs last year for first time in forever. I won't watch them until see them winning again and after football season. But, here is write up on espn on the magic:

Orlando -- and former No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz -- will try to improve on last season's 42-40 mark to try to make back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since 2011 and 2012.

What they did this summer
While the Magic's offseason mostly revolved around re-signing All-Star center Nikola Vucevic, Terrence Ross and Michael Carter-Williams, Orlando did add Al-Farouq Aminu from Portland in free agency. Markelle Fultz came over in a trade-deadline deal in February, but it's almost a new acquisition considering he never suited up in Orlando. The former No. 1 pick averaged 6.7 points and 4.0 assists in the preseason, showing flashes of the player he was coming out of college.

BPI's best-case scenario (48-34) and how they get there
Fultz struggled from the floor (17 of 54 overall, 0 of 6 from 3) in the preseason, but for the Magic to reach their best-case scenario, he has to be more efficient to give Orlando a boost off the bench with Ross. Aaron Gordon (34.9% from deep in 2018-19) and Jonathan Isaac (32.3%) both need to continue to develop from 3-point range. And another All-Star-like performance from Vucevic -- who had 20.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals per game -- wouldn't hurt, either.

One big question: Forward progress
Aside from the question of whether the Magic and Knicks can have a lineup featuring 10 forwards on the court at the same time, Orlando has to figure out how to get the most out of multiple players perhaps better suited as small-ball 4s. Gordon and Isaac will likely share starting duties with Vucevic -- meaning Isaac is the small forward. As for the backups, Aminu and Mo Bamba have better fits at the 4 and 5. But Gordon or Isaac -- or both -- have to get better at shooting from beyond the arc.

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/...ions-all-30-teams#orl

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