There is a mere 70 days until the start of the Orlando Magic’s training camp.
Not that anybody is counting.
With Summer League in the rearview mirror and all the activities for the offseason essentially over, that is all anyone has to look forward to. And the reality of the upcoming season only seems to make that wait longer.
This is a season a lot of Magic fans are very clearly looking forward to. It is a season that seems like it could deliver on the first of a long playoff run. And that is not a hope the team has had for much of the last decade. This feels like something big is starting for the Magic.
Of course, they have to take it one step at a time. There is no putting the cart before the horse.
The Orlando Magic are looking ahead to a big season with the potential for a lot of growth. There are still a lot of choices to make as the team prepares for the 2024 season.
For as much excitement as seems to be building for the 2024 season, there is still work to do. And there are still a lot of questions to ask about this team.
Orlando had a strong finish to the season. But the team still has to put together an 82-game season. That is at the center of what the team’s goals are for this season.
The Magic kept much of the same roster — only adding their two rookies in Anthony Black and Jett Howard and veteran forward Joe Ingles — together. This is a major chance for this team to prove itself. And, perhaps more importantly, prove which players the team should truly build around and develop and which ones the team should move beyond.
This is a season for development once again. This is a season to grow and “level up” into a postseason team. One that can make several postseasons in a row. This is a season to figure out what the Magic need to reach that goal and continue to “level up” as they climb the Eastern Conference standings.
And that leaves a lot of questions. There will be a lot of time to ponder some of these questions as the year goes on. There are indeed some immediate questions the Magic have to answer.
We have a lot of idle time to think about these things right now. And these debates and choices may very well define the team’s season and its future.