With the first half of the season in the rear-view mirror, the Orlando Magic have a lot of work to do if they want to make a playoff push.
In Jacque Vaughn's first season on the bench, the Magic have compiled a 14-28 record. The poor record doesn't reflect the decent start the Magic got off to, as they have dropped 15 of their previous 17 contests.
Injuries have played a role, with Hedo Turkoglu, Glen Davis and Jameer Nelson all missing time due to various ailments. Al Harrington, who was acquired in the Dwight Howard mega-trade, has yet to suit up for the Magic.
As tough as it is to hear, losing is an integral part in GM Rob Hennigan's plan. The Magic are attempting to follow in the Oklahoma City Thunder's footsteps, which means losing in hopes of acquiring a lottery pick is in the cards.
Hennigan doesn't want this team to make the playoffs, as he fears falling into NBA purgatory with a completely average team with no championship ambitions.
However, if for some reason the direction the team is taking changes, the following would aid in a playoff push.