5 Biggest Questions for the Orlando Magic Heading this Offseason

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Orlando Magic guard Gary Harris will likely play a key role as a veteran for the Orlando Magic next year. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports /

What should the expectations be for next season?

It is unfair to put playoff expectations on the fourth-youngest team in the NBA, but the Memphis Grizzlies have proven that rebuilds should not take forever. The Grizzlies missed three postseasons following the departure of Mike Conley and Marc Gasol before battling the first seeded Utah Jazz this postseason.

Like Memphis, Orlando has also kick-started their rebuild by trading the foundation of their playoff team and getting a high-level draft pick that reset the team’s culture and expectations.

Orlando certainly hopes whoever the team drafts can supercharge the team in the same way Ja Morant did in Memphis.

The Magic need to ensure they understand who they want to lead their franchise by the end of next season. The three most important players should be defined and the coaching staff should focus on their development the most.

Establishing expectations should be determined early and be reciprocated to the team. Having a framework could help the young players understand what they need to do to help lead the franchise into a new era.

Orlando shot a league-worst 42.9-percent team field goal percentage. Steve Clifford would be smart to help develop offseason programs for Mohamed Bamba, Dwayne Bacon (if the team brings him back), Cole Anthony and Chuma Okeke to improve their 3-point shooting.  Those four combined for a 32.8-percent field goal percentage from behind the arc this season.

But more importantly, as the team develops they need to carve out specific roles. A team with too many young players can often clash as they all try to make their mark in the league.