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Win-Loss Prediction: 23-59
This season is this very first chapter in a long rebuilding process for the Magic. Not only is Orlando very youthful, but the experienced holdovers are far from stars in their own right. Simply put, a rookie coach with an inexperienced and starless roster will struggle to put wins on the board.
However, for Orlando this season will not be judged purely on the win-loss ratio.
Instead, coach Vaughn and his team will be judged on the development of their rookies and their application on the court. Provided the effort and desire is there, fans will remain loyal.
In what will be a long journey, the 2012-13 season marks the first point of transition for this once-elite team.
How The Season Will End
Orlando's season will end on a somewhat positive note. Despite severely struggling up to the All-Star break, the Magic will find some cohesion once the injured players work their way back into the team.
Vaughn will develop a nice chemistry with his younger players. They will buy into his vision, given that he's a fresh face as well.
Although the season will start in doom and gloom, the development of Nicholson and Harkless in particular will be a bright spot, while a few late wins will show that hope still remains in Orlando.
However, once the season concludes and Orlando's path becomes clearer, the futures of the Magic's experienced players will be in genuine doubt.
Points-Per-Game Leader: Glen Davis—18.5 PPG
Davis relished moving to center in Dwight Howard's absence for the Magic's playoff series against Indiana last season. With Howard now gone for good, expect Davis to be a focal point for this new look team.
Despite being undersized, Davis uses his strength and hustle to outwork his opponents, while a solid relationship with Nelson saw "Big Baby" find some easy buckets at the rim on the pick-and-roll. Combined with his solid mid-range game, Davis' tireless work in the paint will see him rewarded on the scoreboard.
Assists-Per-Game Leader: Jameer Nelson—5.1 APG
As the starting point guard, Nelson will likely be the team's leader in assists. However, that number won't be high, given how important Nelson's scoring will be to the team.
Always considered a scoring point guard, Nelson will be relied upon even more this year to light up the scoreboard, given Howard's departure. While he needs to ensure his younger teammates are found at the appropriate moments, Nelson will likely head into this season with a score-first mindset.
Rebounds-Per-Game Leader: Glen Davis—9.2 RPG
Much like his scoring, Davis' rebound numbers are a result of his work-rate. His affection for low-post tussles will ensure that Davis is the leader on the glass for the Magic.
Leading this category will also be made easier by the lack of another robust presence.