The Orlando Magic will have to manage without their starting forward Rashard Lewis for the first ten games of the '09-'10 season.
Lewis played in four of the eight preseason games, helping his team compile an undefeated record of 8-0 to complete preseason.
Head coach Stan Van Gundy will now get an opportunity to mix and match with his new set of players that were acquired this off season to determine who should be placed into the starting lineup and who should come off of the bench.
News has been announced that forward Ryan Anderson will get the starting power-forward nod in Lewis's absence, but with four-year man Brandon Bass making a splash in the preseason, nothing is permanent from the looks of things.
Orlando's First 10 Games of the Season (Shard-less)
1. Magic vs Sixers - Win
This should be an easy win for Orlando as they enter their first game of the season at full strength. Their back-ups will be able to receive an ample amount of minutes due to Lewis's suspension.
2. Magic @ Nets - Win
New Jersey heads into the season as arguably one of the worst Eastern Conference teams in the league. They are composed of a bunch of young and inexperienced talent.
3. Magic @ Raptors - Win
Vince Carter will be playing against his old team, while Turkoglu makes his first appearance against his beloved Magic. This should be an exciting game watching Chris Bosh and Dwight Howard go at each other.
4. Magic @ Pistons - Win
Detroit lacks in the front court, so Orlando should be able to maximize in that aspect and ultimately win this game.
5. Magic vs Suns - Win
The Suns are back to their run and gun ways, but that shouldn't stop the Magic from preventing them from scoring. Orlando enters the season as a tremendous defensive squad and that should help them capture a win.
6. Magic vs Pistons - Win
Another matchup against the Pistons, but this time is will take place in Orlando. This is another easy win for the Magic if they just stick to their game and consistently feed D-Howard in the post.
7. Magic @ Thunder - Win
This should be a great game to watch as Kevin Durant and the Thunder attempt to steal a victory from Orlando. Since the Thunder are not a great defensive team the Magic will definitely take that to their advantage.
8. Magic @ Charlotte - Win
Charlotte is the one of the worst, if not the worst team in the East. With injuries always infesting their roster this should be a simple pick-up game for Orlando.
9. Magic vs Cleveland - Win
Will LeBron and the Cavs be able to maximize against an Orlando team without Rashard Lewis? During the regular season last year the Magic destroyed Cleveland by close to forty points. With Shaq defending D-Howard we can expect to see another handful of flops and ultimately the Magic's ninth straight victory on the season.
10. Magic vs New Jersey - Win
This will be one of those games when the back-ups end up playing more minutes than the starters. Gortat, Barnes, Bass, and Williams will all get the chance to play starter minutes during a game like this just because of how bad the Magic's starting five will beat up the Nets in the first half.
Orlando's 10-0 record to start off the season without Rashard Lewis should definitely get ESPN talking highly of the Magic!