10 Reasons Orlando Magic Shouldn't Despair in 2012-13

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10 Reasons Orlando Magic Shouldn't Despair in 2012-13
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Jameer Nelson

The Orlando Magic have finally rid themselves of the formerly disgruntled Dwight Howard, freeing the organization from a saga that has truly tortured the franchise.

However, he general consensus is that the city of Orlando is not looking forward to the upcoming season due to the rather weak return from the blockbuster trade that saw the All-NBA talent shipped to Los Angeles.

But the fans of the Magic shouldn't despair in 2012-13, as the team's new direction is sure to bring around much excitement. It has been quite a bit of time since the Magic were focused on a rebuilding phase.

In fact, the last time was in 2004 when the team drafted Howard, ironically, and shipped a lackluster Tracy McGrady to Houston. Since that new beginning, the city of Orlando has experienced tons of playoff success, including a magical run to the NBA Finals in 2009.

Behind "Superman," the Orlando Magic have been one of the more consistent forces of the past decade, but that time is now officially over. It seems as if the Magic have once again been spurned by a star player, and have returned to being bottom-dwellers.

Magic fans should be thrilled, though.

A fresh start is exactly what Orlando needs. In a deepening Eastern Conference, which boasts the champion Miami Heat, taking a few years off will hopefully allow these contenders to fall from grace once Orlando builds a solid core.

The present forecast isn't too dismal, either. From the development of the prospects to the production of the new players in the rotation, the Magic have a nice blend of experience and youth.

So, here are 10 reasons Magic fans will be pleased next year...

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