On the floor, it's been an exhaustive effort for the Magic faithful, who stuck with the franchise during its nightmarish one-year divorce from its former star. Orlando will need to win two of its final seven games to avoid the second-worst season in franchise history.
But this season was never one focused on wins and losses.
First-year Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan made that abundantly clear when he returned a package for Howard largely built around young, raw talent and draft picks.
Player development trumped Eastern Conference standing gains. Moral victories became a tangible goal, both for reinforcing coach Jacque Vaughn's positive message (via Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel) and for keeping the Magic well-positioned in the upcoming draft lottery.
But what's next on Hennigan's to-do list? What does he need to do put the emphasis back on the floor?