Sure, the franchise has experienced a setback of epic proportions, as the departure of "Superman" and the little value in return for his services will not bode well for the organization moving forward, but the team shouldn't be labeled bottom dwellers next to the lowly Charlotte Bobcats.
This roster isn't void of talent, even though the franchise is entering a complete rebuilding mode. Instead, the Magic should be considered quite the tough opponent, if not a borderline playoff berth contender.
With a fantastic blend of promising prospects and established veterans, this roster may be one of the deepest in the entire league. The starting lineup has left much to be desired, though, and the talented, spry bench will be the key to the development of this squad.
Nonetheless, this team should definitely not be counted out, even without their former All-NBA talent. After all, Dwight Howard wasn't the only reason this franchise has consistently been one of the top organizations in the past five years.