5 reasons the Orlando Magic will surprise in 2019

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Aaron Gordon’s potential leap to stardom

Despite making a significant jump in his game last season which netted him a massive contract extension, Aaron Gordon still has work to do. If the Magic are going to make noise around the Association next year, Gordon needs to become a number one option.

Defensively, Gordon seems to be on the right track. He has the athleticism to switch on guards on the perimeter and has the frame when bigger forwards try to work him in the post.

His emergence into the team’s star player will be with a jump in his offensive totals. If Gordon can improve his ball handling and outside shot, he will become a dynamic threat to Orlando’s offense.

It is no secret Orlando’s offense will have issues next season. Although Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier remain on the roster, past seasons have proven they are solid offensive players but cannot carry an offense. Not for an 82-game season.

While the Magic roster features another pair of talented young players, neither Jonathan Isaac or Mohamed Bamba can provide much offensively yet.

Which leaves Gordon as the only player on the roster who can potentially carry the scoring load next season.

Perhaps Gordon does not have what it takes to be the primary option. But it could be the only way the Magic’s offense can keep up with the conference’s elite teams.