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The Magic land at the No. 1 spot on this list even though they won 30 more games than the Bobcats last season.
This is made on the honest assumption that as they both stand, the Bobcats are actually ahead of the Magic in the rebuilding process.
The whole Dwight Howard trade situation was a mess. Orlando did too much to try to appease their star center by dealing for bad contract after bad contract, which ended up handicapping the franchise of adding any true additional talent.
What little talent and assets they got back in the Howard trade was truly astounding.
After holding off a trade to Brooklyn and then to Los Angeles for months—instead of landing Andrew Bynum, a high first-round pick or a potential young star—Orlando got back a couple of overpriced veteran players and some marginal young talent and picks.
They should have pushed harder to package Hedo Turkoglu in any potential deal, as his career has taken a nosedive the past few seasons and he still carries $24 million on his contract.
By getting Al Harrington and Arron Afflalo, the Magic did the Nuggets a huge favor by freeing up their cap space. Afflalo is a fine player, but he's definitely not worth $30 million over the next four years.
Also, with a chance to possibly have a little bit of cap space themselves, Orlando decided to pick up the $6 million option on J.J. Redick's contract and give the 30-year-old Jameer Nelson a new three-year, $24 million deal.
If Orlando thinks they can be a contender in the East with their current roster, they are sadly mistaken.
They need to scrap what veterans they have now for whatever they can get and begin to rebuild around Maurice Harkless, Andrew Nicholson and their likely very-high 2012 first-round pick.