Why Orlando Magic Are Actually Much Better Than Anyone Expected Them to Be

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Why Orlando Magic Are Actually Much Better Than Anyone Expected Them to Be
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Jameer Nelson

In remarkable fashion, the Orlando Magic are actually in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race, which is quite the shock, considering all of their head-scratching transactions last summer. Despite losing Ryan Anderson and Dwight Howard, the Magic have managed to win 11 of their 24 games to start the season.

Not bad for a team that is just starting their rebuilding process.

On the respective backs of guards Arron Afflalo, J.J. Redick and Jameer Nelson, the Orlando Magic look competitive every single night, avoiding being labeled one of the worst teams in the NBA. After all, this squad has already taken down the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets this season.

The NBA community had better watch out for this underdog team, as there is no denying the Magic are in solid position to acquire a playoff berth.

*All statistics and records are accurate as of December 19, 2012.

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