5 Orlando Magic games that should have been on national TV
Feb. 8: vs. San Antonio Spurs
The battle of the first selection in the last two NBA drafts seems like a no-brainer for national TV (the NBA is featuring the top four of the top five picks in a single night, this seems like a good choice too).
Victor Wembanyama will be traveling to Florida to take on the Orlando Magic only a week after the same matchup happens in San Antonio. San Antonio will be looking to prove Wembanyama and company are further along in their rebuild than Orlando. Or at least the Spurs have the more coveted foundational piece.
The hype around Wembanyama is very real with the Spurs receiving 19 national TV games (including NBATV). The league wants to feature Wembanyama a ton this season.
It seems nearly impossible for Paolo Banchero not to hear the Wembanyama noise so far since his arrival into the league. He may look to prove a point.
Banchero does not shy away from competition and this attribute is one of the reasons Magic fans should be excited for the future.
He wants to take the last shot or have the ball in his hands. He wants to be the best player on the court and will do everything in his power to show that he is the better player than Wembanyama.
The Magic’s home game against the Spurs takes place on a Thursday against TNT’s early broadcast of the Dallas Mavericks taking on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Their matchup in San Antonio takes place against the same night as a midweek ABC game between the Phoenix Suns and Brooklyn Nets. The Magic are not quite ready for an ABC game nod.
There is a lot to like about the Magic as a young team. But there is also plenty to like about what the Spurs are building around Wembanyama.
Wembanyama is surrounded by young, athletic wings in Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell and Malaki Branham who can run the floor, shoot and defend at a high level. Jeremy Sochan is another long, athletic player who will continue to develop alongside Wemby building a formidable frontcourt duo.
Both teams will be fun to watch this season. They are fast-paced teams who are trying to find an identity to build on. What each team lacks in experience and discipline they will balance the scale with effort.
The Spurs match up well with the Magic and these two young teams could potentially face each other in the NBA Finals in years to come. At least this is the hope from both organizations.