The Orlando Magic find themselves in an impossible situation. They’re in playoff contention, yet need to capitalize on their current assets. What will they do?
The Orlando Magic are 20-29. They are only 3.5 games out of the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
Had you told the Magic faithful prior to the season they would be in this position heading toward the trade deadline, fans would probably have been pretty happy. But the way the Magic have gotten here has been frustrating and turned what seemed to be easy decisions into excruciating choices.
Nikola Vucevic has blossomed into a legitimate All-Star. His offensive game is out of this world. He has extended his range to the 3-point line and that threat has opened up his entire game. His passing has been excellent and his defense, while still below average, has improved significantly.
Ross is a streaky volume scorer. He can score from anywhere and when he is locked in he is probably the best scorer the Magic have.
But Ross often finds himself in small ruts where he will shoot 4 for 13 and shoot Orlando out of the game. That said, Ross has proven himself an important player to the team and has carried them to multiple victories.
Both Vucevic and Ross are vital to any Playoff hopes the Magic might have. But those dreams are slowly slipping away.