Orlando Magic: How They Compare to Each of Their Division Rivals

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Orlando Magic: How They Compare to Each of Their Division Rivals
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With the 2012-13 NBA season less than a month away, it's time to start evaluating how the Orlando Magic stack up against their division rivals in the South East.

A tumultuous off-season that has seen a major reshuffling of the roster will significantly change the way Orlando lines-up this season, altering their match-ups against the four other teams in the division.

Gone from the roster are Dwight Howard, Ryan Anderson, Jason Richardson, Earl Clark and Chris Duhon. Stan Van Gundy will also be missing from the sideline.

No longer will the Magic defend shrewdly at one end and rely on a combination of Howard post play and three point shooting at the other. This team simply isn't built for that sort of one-two punch anymore.

The team is full of new faces, many with little experience in the NBA. The Magic will also be led by rookie coach Jacque Vaughn, whose primary job will be to identify which pieces of the roster Orlando can work with going forward.

After spending five seasons among the division's elite, Orlando are likely to now sit alongside Charlotte as South-Eastern battlers.

But if there's one advantage the Magic have, it's that they are an unknown quantity this season. After being as predictable as the sun rising for the better part of half a decade, Orlando now have some degree of surprise.

With that in mind, here's a breakdown of how the Magic will line up in 2012-13, and how the team will fare in the South East division.

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