Next week I will do my yearly review of "What Went Right" and "What Went Wrong" for the Magic this year. That will be our more in depth review of the season that ended last night.
Until then, while the ink is still drying on the season, we are going to reflect and look at where we have gone this season and where we are going. There is a lot that is going to happen in the Magic Kingdom this offseason including key decisions about veterans, development of the young players on this year's roster and the drafting of a top-4 pick. A lot can and will happen.
The Magic filed out of Amway Center and had their exit interviews with Rob Hennigan and Jacque Vaughn today before meeting the media. There was plenty of uncertainty in those meetings for several players.
Let's keep the focus on this season first though before we get too far ahead of ourselves.
A lot happened this season more than just 20 wins and 62 losses. Colby Huggins of The Magic Wire put together this nice retrospective video of the season that was that, I think, tells a good story of the season:
Fox Sports Florida also had two nice highlight packages in the last two games of the season highlighting a lot of the great plays this Magic team had even when the wins were not coming in droves.
Here are some other highlights from the year, after the jump!
It seems like opening night was just a few days ago:
J.J. Redick saved the day in Detroit to get the Magic's third win . . . and then about a week later, they went on a 25-0 run to beat the Pistons again:
That win over the Pistons also came with a Thanksgiving treat for Glen Davis.
In what was probably the biggest win of the year, the Magic went to Los Angeles and defeated the Lakers to kick off a West Coast road trip. They toppled Dwight Howard, sending him to the line on purpose and watching him miss free throw after free throw.
Just so you knew this was not a fluke, they went to Golden State the next night and won again.
The season turned on Dec. 19 when Glen Davis went down with a shoulder injury late against Washington. The team was 12-13 at that point in the season. They would go 8-49 the rest of the way.
After that injury — and other injuries — playing time began to grow for Maurice Harkless.
And Nikola Vucevic set a record for rebounds in a single game.
Jameer Nelson set the franchise record for career assists.
The Magic upset the Clippers for a Staples Center sweep.
Ish Smith showed us his hops in January.
Nikola Vucevic and Andrew Nicholson went to the All-Star Weekend in Houston for the Rising Stars Challenge.
Al Harrington made his debut in February and made a big impact in a win over Philadelphia.
Despite a strong effort in nearly toppling the Heat again, the Magic could not hold in Miami.
Dwight Howard returned in an emotional night for Magic fans in mid-March.
Tobias Harris got some manner of revenge as J.J. Redick returned to Orlando.
Thank you Magic fans for a memorable season!