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Orlando Magic Stats, Odds, Standings and Schedule for 2023-24 NBA Season

Orlando Magic Last Season Performance

Suddenly, it seems like the Orlando Magic are trending in the right direction. After a season in which they outperformed their over/under win total, set at 26.5, by winning 34 games, NBA odds are shifting slightly heading into 2023-24.

A massive reason for the potential change in their NBA lines is last season’s Rookie of the Year, Paolo Banchero. Banchero immediately impacted the team, leading the Magic in points per game.

However, Banchero was far from the only young player to leave a lasting impact from last season. Franz Wagner and Wendell Carter Jr. averaged over 15 points per game alongside Banchero, moving the team in the right direction. Orlando also has a deep guard room featuring Markelle Fultz, Cole Anthony, Jalen Suggs, and two new rookies.

It might be too soon in the rebuild to bet on the Magic’s NBA playoffs odds, but last season did show that the team is going in the right direction with a clear plan for the future.

Offseason Changes

Key Additions

Despite having a lot of cap space, the Magic probably made the right decision not to go after any big-name free agents. Instead, Orlando settled on having a good draft and signing one reliable veteran in Joe Ingles.

With two lottery picks, the Magic selected Anthony Black sixth overall and Jett Howard 11th. Both should be able to make an impact right away. Despite not being a shooting threat from deep, Black is the combination of all the other guards on the roster. He is tall, great defensively, can get to the paint at will, creates for others, and has a solid midrange jumper. Howard then fills a critical need, being a legit threat from behind the 3-point line.

Key Losses

The good thing about a young roster is that the Magic have contract control over most of their players, who are still in their first or second deals. Plus, the advantage of not being extremely good on the court is players don’t often leave in free agency.

Bol Bol was the only player to get legit minutes last season to leave in free agency. However, he had been removed from the regular rotation by the end of the season.

Coach: Jamahl Mosley (34-48)

In Jamahl Mosley’s second season as the head coach of the Magic, he increased the team’s wins from 22 to 34. That is pretty good, given the lack of expectations for the Magic heading into last season.

There will likely not be a big jump in wins this season, but it is clear that Mosley is leading Orlando in the right direction. He has the size and defensive players to keep games close, but the next step now is to improve the offense.

Orlando Magic Strength: Core Building

After last season, it has become clear that the Magic are building a solid young core. Banchero averaged 20 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game in his first NBA season. Wagner was not far behind, with 18.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game in only his second season. The two clearly showed they can be a part of a winning season for the Magic when the time eventually comes.

The core is finished out by Carter, with 2023-24 being his sixth season in the NBA. He is still only 24 years old, well within the time frame for the Magic. Carter was pretty solid last season, averaging 15.2 points and 8.7 rebounds.

The four guards that the Magic have selected in the last three drafts are Black, Howard, Suggs, and Anthony. All of them are still question marks. Anthony struggles on defense, and Suggs’s scoring ability has not transferred to the NBA from college. Orlando drafted Black and Howard to try to be potential upgrades, but they are still rookies. The Magic could have a decent lineup if all four could figure something out to provide support for the three known productive players.

Orlando Magic Weakness: No Experience

In the core that the Magic are building, out of the seven players that seem crucial for the team’s future, Carter is the only one not born in the 2000s. This young group has not played many NBA games, which means the Magic will not have the advantage in close matchups.

Fultz is the only player projected to have impactful minutes that has played in the playoffs. Gary Harris is another player who at least has some experience in the NBA, entering his 10th season and twice going to the playoffs, but he might not get many minutes in 2023-24. The same thing can be said about Ingles, who has made the playoffs six times in nine seasons. The signing of Ingles could be more about bringing a veteran leader into the locker room.

Orlando Magic Predictions

The Magic are heading in the right direction. It seems like the front office did not want to expedite things this offseason. Instead, they decided to double down on youth, adding more lottery picks to a team filled with young talent.

Eventually, the Magic will need to turn towards trying to win games and add veterans, but that does not seem to be the case this season. Orlando’s pathway is to keep developing the young talent on the team, hoping it can lead to a few more wins.

Orlando Magic FAQ’s

Are the Orlando Magic still rebuilding?

The Orlando Magic are still rebuilding but are nearing the end, having built out a young core.

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When did the Orlando Magic last make the playoffs?

The last time the Orlando Magic made the playoffs was in 2019-20, losing in five games in the first round.

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Can the Orlando Magic make the playoffs this season?

The Orlando Magic are still rebuilding and are very young, which will make it very hard for them to make the playoffs.

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