3 players whose stock is rising, 3 who are falling for the Orlando Magic's playoff chase

The Orlando Magic are gearing up for their first playoff chase in a decade. Which players have solidified their spots in the rotation and which players are at risk of a decline in minutes?

Feb 14, 2024; Orlando, Florida, USA; Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony (50) celebrates a three-point
Feb 14, 2024; Orlando, Florida, USA; Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony (50) celebrates a three-point / Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports
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Stock Up, Stock Down for the Orlando Magic's Playoff chase

Stock Up -- Jonathan Isaac

Jonathan Isaac's impact on the Orlando Magic is massive and people are finally starting to notice.

There are a few obvious indicators of just how impactful Isaac is for the Magic starting with his unbelievable 101.7 defensive rating and +10.9 net rating when he is on the floor. That includes scoring 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting and two blocks in Wednesday's win over the Brooklyn Nets as his offense starts to round into better form.

Isaac also has a plus-minus of 3.0 points per game, which is the highest on the entire team.

Isaac is also one of the only players on Orlando's roster who has playoff experience. He has been a calming voice in tough situations for this young team.

Isaac has been working for a long time to finally have this chance at a playoff chase as part of a team on its way up. He will be rewarded with as many minutes as his body can handle.

It is going to be hard to keep him off the floor with his energy and defensive acumen.

Isaac is one of Orlando's two most impactful players on the defensive end. He embodies the versatility Orlando's front office values perfectly. He is able to guard any position 1 through 5, even logging some minutes at center in Wednesday's win.

In the playoffs, his generational talent on the defensive end will be unleashed against the opponent's most dangerous offensive player for extended stretches. This could give Orlando's offense stretches either to catch up or to separate while the opposing team's best player is occupied with getting around Isaac's 7-foot wingspan.

Isaac has a skill set that will undoubtedly be utilized down the stretch and in the playoffs.