Orlando Magic

Roster (14)

Nikola Vucevic C
Aaron Gordon PF
Evan Fournier SG
Terrence Ross SG
Markelle Fultz PG
Al Farouq Aminu F
DJ Augustin PG
Jonathan Isaac PF
Mohamed Bamba C
Khem Birch C
Michael Carter-Williams PG
Wesley Iwundu SF
Melvin Fraizer SF
DaQuan Jefferies SF (Unguaranteed)
Hassani Gravett G

Two Way

Josh Magette PG

Starting 5

DJ Agustin PG
Evan Fournier SG
Al Farouq Aminu SF
Aaron Gordon PF
Nikola Vucevic C

Players Lost (3)

Timofey Mozgov C (FA)
Jerian Grant PG (FA)
Jarell Martin PF (FA)

Players Added 3

Al Farouq Aminu SF (FA, POR)
Hassani Gravett G (FA, Undrafted)
DaQuan Jefferies SF (Undrafted, Unguaranteed)

* Chuma Okeke the Magic’s 16th pick has not yet been signed

2018-19 Final Regular Season Standing: 7th Eastern Conference (42-40)

2019-20 Projected Regular Season Standing: 8th Western Conference (43-39)

The Orlando Magic are one of few teams that didn’t make dramatic changes during the offseason, staying put and adding on a few complimentary players. They have yet to sign draft pick Chuma Okeke, and probably won’t till next season, to let him heal from a ACL injury that occurred while he was playing in the NCAA tournament with the Tigers. It will be worth the wait, as the young Power forward has vast potential, and may be one of the steals of the draft. He is a force on both ends of the floor, especially the defensive end. He is the ideal stretch four for the Orlando Magic.

DaQuan Jefferies will likely take the 15th spot on the team for the season. An athletic 3 and D wing out of Tulsa, more than proved his worth in summer league. He is a high IQ player, who can pass and facilitate as well as score and defend. He is a hell of a defender. A guy with that kind of engine belongs on a NBA roster.

The Magic signed forward Al Farouq Aminu in the dawning hours of free agency. Portland played him near exclusively at power forward and he could still play some 4 behind Aaron Gordon, but he will likely start at the 3 and split minutes between the forward positions, pushing Fournier back to shooting guard.

The Magic not only made the playoffs last season, but surprised many by winning game 1 in their series with the future champion Raptors, led by point guard DJ Augustin. All Star center Nikola Vucevic struggled in the playoffs, but resigned in a lucrative contract with the Magic anyways. How much does adding Aminu and perhaps Jefferies move the needle? A little twinge…a couple wins tacked on probably and another playoff spot. But, they will have to fight for it.

The Magic have given away so many Jewls like Victor Oladipo and diamonds in the rough like Maurice Harkless and Shabazz Napier, but they are holding tight to guys like Jonathan Isaac, Wesley Iwundu, and the capable Mohamed Bamba. Maybe keeping those cards close to their chest will pay off. We should see an uptick in their level of play this season…or so the Magic hope.

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