Believe it or not, we are about a month away from Opening Night. Orlando opened training camp on October 1 and have opened the preseason. So how will we get ready? By counting down to the beginning of the season on November 2 against Denver. Let's continue:
The All-Star Game in February is a very long ways away. Like a super long way away. And the Magic likely are not sending anyone to the big game.
But it would hardly be an All-Star Weekend without a Magic player in some form.
Andrew Nicholson and Maurice Harkless have a fair shot of playing in the Rookie-Sophomore Challenge for sure. That is probably where Orlando will see its representation in Houston if they play as expected.
I would suspect that J.J. Redick will make a run at the 3-Point Shootout, a contest he has long hoped for an invite to but just has not cracked in. Last year, Ryan Anderson got the home-town nod to compete over Redick. Anderson certainly deserved it with his ability to put the ball in the basket from long range last year.
Redick will likely be the best 3-point shooter on Orlando's roster. This would be his year to get in. Of course, the Magic are not shooting so great from long range in two preseason games. Orlando is 7 for 33 from beyond the arc, good for 21.2 percent. To know the change in strategy on threes, opponents have 40 attempts through two games.
Of course, it is just preseason.
So who do you think could represent the Magic in Houston this February?