The Orlando Magic have played much better than the NBA community anticipated, but there is no denying that this franchise has a serious need for both a rebuilding movement and a true identity. Sure, this organization nearly has the same record (7-10) as former franchise cornerstone Dwight Howard's new team, the Los Angeles Lakers, but this early era success does not indicate that this squad is on the rise.
In fact, many of the team's main contributors, including Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, Arron Afflalo and Glen Davis, are far from prospects and are currently in the primes of their respective careers. There is only one direction from the peak, and that is down.
Plus, I wouldn't consider any of the Orlando Magic's promising young talents anywhere close to All-Star capable. That's not to say that I don't foresee them possessing value in the future, but instead look for Moe Harkless, Nikola Vučević, Andrew Nicholson, DeQuan Jones and Kyle O'Quinn to develop into solid bench contributors/fringe starters.
The Magic's competitiveness each and every night is something to be admired, but this franchise is far from completing the job of building a contender.