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The Orlando Magic finished with a very respectable record of 37-29 in 2011-12, good enough for third place in the Southeast and a sixth seed in the playoffs. However, don't expect the 2012-13 Magic to come even close to matching that 56.1 winning percentage.
Not only did the team trade the best center in the league and a definite top-five player in Dwight Howard for a returning package whose best player was Arron Afflalo, but they also signed and traded away their second best player, Ryan Anderson, to New Orleans.
The Magic finished 21st in PPG last season, and they will enter the 2012-13 season not returning three of their top four scorers (Howard, Anderson and Jason Richardson). Needless to say, don't expect this team to consistently top 100 points. And when they face off against Miami's stout defense, forget about it.
Simply put, with a starting lineup possibly consisting of Jameer Nelson, Afflalo, Hedo Turkoglu, Glen Davis and Nikola Vucevic, there is a severe lack of talent on this Magic roster.
The Magic have absolutely no chance of competing with the Heat for a divisional crown, and instead, they will likely be competing with the Bobcats for the top lottery odds in next year's draft.