Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic: '09-'10 NBA Finals Preview?

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IJuly 24, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 11:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers react during Game Four of the 2009 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on June 11, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  The Lakers won 99-91 in overtime.  NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

Most of you must be saying, "No way, you can't predict an NBA Finals preview when we have not even reached the midway point of offseason yet."

But hey, wouldn't it be fun to entertain the situation?

 

Los Angeles Lakers Vs Orlando Magic

Instead of flat out stating who I think is the better team and which will ultimately win the '09-'10 NBA Finals, I am going to breakdown each organization from head to toe and let you decide.

 

Orlando Magic

The Bench

With the recent signing of SF Matt Barnes, the Magic's bench is surely deeper than ever before. Going back to last season, Orlando's bench consisted of Mickael Pietrus (missed 28 regular season games), J.J. Reddick, Marcin Gortat, Tony Battie, and Anthony Johnson.

With those players as the backups (and Jameer Nelson missing half of the season), the Magic enjoyed a 59 win season, ending the year with the fourth best record in the league and third best in the Eastern Conference.

Fast-forward to right now, and the Magic's bench looks a little something like this.

Anthony Johnson at the PG (possibility of obtaining C.J Watson), Mickael Pietrus/Matt Barnes at the SG/SF, Ryan Anderson at the PF, and Marcin Gortat at the C.

Orlando's bench has improved so drastically this offseason that they could literally be the starting five for an organization and actually win games.

 

The Insurance Policy

Let's say anyone of Orlando's starting five goes down with a sudden injury and is potentially out for a few weeks. The Magic are lucky enough to have such productive bench players that basically any player on the roster can hop in and immediately begin to make an impact.

 

Comparing last season to this upcoming season

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