NBA Beasts Of The East: Orlando Magic Edition

TJ ZwarychSenior Writer IAugust 20, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic looks down in the fourth quarter as the Magic trail the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  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.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic did a good job improving their team for this season, but I think these moves hurt them in the long run. First, let's focus on this season. The biggest losses for the Magic this off season were Hedo Turkoglu, Courtney Lee and Rafer Alston. The biggest of course was Hedo Turkoglu.

Hedo signed with the Toronto Raptors which really hurt the Magic. They were hoping to get him back, but he ended up signing with the Raptors because well, they could pay him a lot more money. Alston and Lee both left to New Jersey, as they were shipped away for Vince Carter, which brings me to the additions.

Vince Carter is hated by many, many people, but not Magic fans. Carter more then makes up for the scoring and ability to make clutch plays that the Magic lost with the departure of Turkoglu. Carter has only had two seasons under 20 ppg, and those were his rookie season and the year with the Raptors where he just decided he didn't want to play anymore.

Which is the biggest problem with Carter, when he is sick of playing somewhere, you will definitely know. 

Vince Carter's attitude is the reason I say this was a bad move long term for the Magic. Courtney Lee is an up and coming player who has shown many flashes that he could be a future star. Vince Carter could decide halfway through the year that he doesn't want to play anymore, and in that case, the Magic would be screwed.

What I think will help the Magic the most this season, isn't really an addition. A healthy Jameer Nelson is the most important piece of the Orlando Magic puzzle. Nelson is a fantastic up and coming point guard, but had his year decimated last season do to injury.

Should Nelson stay healthy this campaign, the Orlando Magic will have a great season, and go far in the playoffs.

The Magic also added Matt Barnes and Brandon Bass. Both of these are very key additions and should help them be a contender again this year. These two and Vince Carter could fit in nicely with Dwight Howard's Magic. Bass and Barnes finally give the Magic some more size at PF to help Dwight Howard with some of the rebounding responsibility.

With these new players and the one's they have, the Magic will be a serious championship contender for the second straight year.