Predicting the Magic's perfect starting lineup after ideal offseason

The Magic must fill their biggest need this offseason.
Orlando Magic, Paolo Banchero
Orlando Magic, Paolo Banchero / Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports
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PF: Paolo Banchero

Banchero is on his way to superstar status. The number one overall pick won Rookie of the Year and became an All-Star in his first two NBA seasons. He continues to improve. In year two, Banchero averaged 22.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 0.9 steals in 35.0 minutes per game. He showcased an improved jumper and could be one of the league’s best players in a few years.

The Magic should focus on optimizing the team around their 21-year-old star. He needs a point guard to get him easier shots and draw defensive attention. If Orlando plans to go with a traditional big man, they need Banchero to continue expanding his shooting range. Floor spacing is important, and the Magic cannot expect to win with multiple non-threats from 3-point range.

Banchero's improvement is part of their ideal offseason. The third-year leap is real in the NBA. Look no further than the gains of Anthony Edwards over the last two seasons as what Orlando hopes Banchero can do. Going from All-Star to MVP candidate is not easy, which is why the Magic must maximize the pieces around their 6’10 star.

Paolo Banchero is not the only keeper from their current core. Orlando is not letting this player leave, but his shooting must return next season.