It’s easy to write off the Orlando Magic. Real easy.
They lost Dwight Howard, who is arguably the best center in the league. He gave them 20 points per game. He gave them 14 rebounds per game. He gave them championship hopes.
But now that he’s gone, well, the magic seems to be gone, too.
It didn’t help that the team looked like it was trying to get even worse after the trade, and made what looked to be some poor personnel decisions.
The Magic got rid of Ryan Anderson who scored 16 points per game and grabbed just under eight rebounds per game for them last season. Though, granted he played pretty poorly in the playoffs. His scoring and rebounding was nearly half of what it was in the regular season.
But they weren’t trying to get first-round draft pick bad, apparently.
They gave their point guard Jameer Nelson a rather large salary. He’s getting paid $25.2 million over the next three years. Perhaps too large for an aging player who’s often injured.
Are the Magic going to be a good team this season? Absolutely not.
But fear not, Orlando fans, for as the title of this article explicitly suggests, there is reason to be optimistic for the future.