The Orlando Magic exited their season with a touch of optimism.
The team was so young that there were not many — if any — expectations for the team to win. Everyone understood this was a rebuilding season and it would not be about wins and losses. The Magic themselves made this clear.
And so a 22-60 season followed.
It was one that brought plenty of hope — Markelle Fultz’s return and the emergence of Wendell Carter and Franz Wagner — but also plenty of concern. Any time a team has one of the worst records in the league — even when it is expected — there are plenty of reasons for concern.
The Magic still have a lot of work to do to climb the ranks of the NBA. It may not be as far as anyone thinks, but it is still a big jump for the Magic to get from here to the playoffs.
Still, there were a lot of really good moments for the Magic throughout the season. The team is selling its fans on hope and the way this team could play. And so it was important to have big moments and good moments to build on.
The Orlando Magic did not have the best season by record this year. But there were still plenty of memorable games and big moments to build on.
The best games of the season are hints of what the team can be. And they are all signs of what the Magic are trying to build. They are not anything that should be ignored or pushed aside so quickly.
As we continue our recap of the season and reflect back on the 2022 season, we are here to rank the top-10 games of the season that just got completed.
In it, you see plenty of things to be excited about and plenty of things to hold onto as the Magic begin to look ahead to their future ahead.
Here are our top 10 games of the 2021-2022 season.