NBA Primetime: Orlando Magic 2010-11 Season Preview

Brandon RibakSenior Writer ISeptember 18, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 28:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic gestures as he runs up court against the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 28, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.  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 Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Last Season's Record: 59-23 (.720), Second in East

2010-11 Season Record Prediction: 57-25 (.695) 2nd in East

Team Strengths 

The Magic enter the upcoming season with minimal tweaks to their roster. The additions of point guard Chris Duhon and shooting guard Quentin Richardson, along with role players such as J.J. Redick, Marcin Gortat, Ryan Anderson, Brandon Bass, and Mickael Pietrus, make Orlando one of the deepest teams in the league. 

While head coach Stan Van Gundy has yet to declare it, the Magic could be switching sharpshooter Rashard Lewis over to his natural small forward position, creating an opportunity for Brandon Bass to start at the four spot.

Last season Bass averaged just under ten PPG and 3.2 RPG in 23 minutes per contest during the first nine games of the year (when Lewis was suspended).

With Bass and Dwight Howard dominating the paint and the league's biggest three-point shooting threats surrounding the arc, the Magic will be in for another solid season.

Team Weaknesses

Vince Carter was expected to lead Orlando back to the NBA Finals last season after being acquired during the offseason.

Carter, 33, had one of his worst seasons in his career, shooting just 42.8 percent from the field and averaging only 16.6 PPG (career-low).

In addition, Rashard Lewis posted just 14.1 PPG (lowest since his sophomore season).

Without Hedo Turkoglu around to create mismatches at the top of the key and to distribute the ball to Rashard Lewis, it seems as if the Magic failed to find a way to get their shooters consistent open looks.

Orlando needs to figure out a way to get the ball into its shooters' hands more often (Lewis averaged only 11.2 shots per game last season, Carter only 13.5, a career low) in order to be a serious threat against the elite teams in the league.