Orlando Magic’s 2022 Offseason Needs
Among the skills the Orlando Magic must add to their roster is 3-point shooting.
The team finished 29th in offensive rating and 28th in 3-point field goal percentage (33.8-percent). The Magic did this despite modernizing their offense in a lot of ways. Most notably, the team ranked 11th in the league in 3-point attempts per game.
Do not expect this to change. The Magic will still want to take a lot of 3-pointers and make that a key part of their offense moving forward. There is no going back from this style.
The trick and the question is whether the team can shoot it more efficiently.
With the Magic’s current roster make-up, pretty much every non-center the team acquires should have the ability to shoot from the outside. The Magic need to find outside shooters.
Orlando certainly could look to add a shooter in a trade for Ross — perhaps the Miami Heat sell low on Duncan Robinson, although those four years topping off at $19.9 million in 2026 feels far too steep to entertain. There will be other shooters that come on the market. There is a team out there seeking a veteran flamethrower like Ross.
The Draft is not going to provide a lot of hope for shooting either. The best shooter would be late-Lottery pick Malakhi Branham from Ohio State. Otherwise, it could be slim pickings to find shooting in the draft.
Retaining Gary Harris would help the team in a number of ways (more on that in a bit). But the free-agent class is also short on shooters. Players like Taurean Prince, Jeremy Lamb or Tyus Jones could fall in the Magic’s price range.
It is easy to see how slim the pickings are and the urgency in which the Magic find shooting — and the right shooter — to find measurable success this season.