Orlando Magic 2012-13 Schedule: Monthly Breakdown and W-L Predictions

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Orlando Magic  2012-13 Schedule:  Monthly Breakdown and W-L Predictions
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Magic fans are prepared for some drama this year...

The Orlando Magic are a team clearly in transition.  This summer, they not only fired Stan Van Gundy in an attempt to please the indecisive Dwight Howard, but also sent GM Otis Smith packing.

New GM Rob Hennigan inherits a complete mess.  He's saddled with the responsibility of trading Dwight Howard, and he recently brought in a new coach in Jacque Vaughn.  Fans and analysts alike have already criticized Hennigan for his lack of decisiveness in finding a deal for the three-time Defensive Player of the Year.  But that is to be expected.  

There have been numerous appealing packages offered to the Magic, but none of them seem to be exactly what Hennigan wants, and he realizes patience may in fact pay off if he holds onto Dwight until the trade deadline in February.  The fact that we don't know when Dwight Howard will be traded makes an analysis of their wins and losses difficult, since it is difficult to predict such a vast change at the drop of a Magic hat.  

What kind of rabbit will Hennigan pull out of that hat?

I'm not sure he even cares.  He's more interested in compiling draft picks than acquiring someone like Andrew Bynum, and he seems determined to run the team into the ground for a true and complete rebuild, to make a series of moves that would render the team so poor that they would have a shot at the No. 1 overall draft pick, with the opportunity to land the likes of Cody Zeller, Nerlens Noel, Shabazz Muhammad and James McAdoo, all of whom are projected to be the top four picks according to popular draft site NBADraft.net.

Nonetheless, we're going to proceed under the following assumption: Dwight Howard will get traded the 23rd of February, as that is ordinarily around the time of the trade deadline.  

That said, let's take a look at how this season may pan out for the Magic.

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