The Orlando Magic exited their season feeling pretty good about where they stood.
They saw their young team make some important strides toward the end of the season as the team started to get healthier and gel. Their defense took important steps forward and seemed to find their groove and the team played at the breakneck pace that you would expect a young team to play at.
If the team’s goal in the first year of their rebuild was to get the outline of who they can be, they started to see it later in the year. The Magic ended the season seemingly surer of who they are and what they can be.
Of course, any team can play well for 20 games. And even that still did not see the team pick up wins — the Magic were just 9-13 after the All-Star Break. It was a significant stretch, but still one that left the Magic pretty far behind.
No one is hiding from the fact the Magic have more work to do. Coach Jamahl Mosley sent his team to the offseason with the directive to “level up,” signaling perhaps that the team expects to do something more than sink to the bottom of the standings.
The Orlando Magic entered the offseason with the second-worst record in the league, but hope they can continue growing into the offseason as they prepare for next year.
Obviously, there is a lot that is going to happen this offseason. Orlando will get another top-six pick to add to the fold, adding a highly talented player to the roster. The team will have nearly max cap space to spend in free agency if the team wants to. And they are expecting to get Jonathan Isaac back in time for training camp next year.
As former coach Steve Clifford liked to say at the beginning of every training camp: Every team is different. It is impossible to expect to pick up right where you left off. Training camp is a reset and all the team’s foundations and principles will have to be re-established.
To current coach Jamahl Mosley’s credit, he did an incredible job this year keeping the team together and focused on the big picture of their development throughout the season — even through tons of losses. Everyone on the team is excited about what is in store for the future.
The Magic have a lot of questions to answer this offseason when it comes to the roster as constructed. Yes, the biggest question for the offseason is who the team will take in the top-six of this draft. But those are not the questions we are interested in for this post.
Here, we want to ask the questions about the current roster and what they face heading into next season.