The contents of the NBA's Southeast Division are the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards, and the Charlotte Bobcats. During the 2007-08 season, the Magic proved to be the most stable among the four and were awarded the Division title.
Sadly for blue-and-white believers, its all going to change this season and the success was short-lived.
Why? Because of this:
The Miami Heat drafted a Swiss army knife in Michael Beasley, got back perennial star Dwyane Wade, and championship point guard Mario Chalmers. They also have versatile small forward Shawn Marion in their starting line-up-- a stellar defender, rebounder, and a subpar scorer.
The Heat still posses one of the NBA's resurging fan bases and the respect of their Head Coach, Eric Spolestra--the league's youngest.
The Washington Wizards are also not to be taken skimpily with resigning of their superstar core in the offseason—translating into envied team chemistry.
True they lost Brendan Haywood and Gilbert Arenas for separate portions of the upcoming season but it only created opportunities for exciting Sixth Man Nick Young and rookie sensation Javale McGee.
Even the Charlotte Bobcats' who hasn't registered a 35 win season to date are beginning to embark on better days thanks to the draftings of D.J. Augstin and Alexis Ajinca--co-oped with the hiring of legendary coach Larry Brown.
After compiling these factors, it was lenient for me to refute any idea that the Orlando Magic will finish atop the Southeast Division.
Orlando did not adhere or did not sop up any holes on their roster such as in the reserve unit, while the the other three teams in the division re-enforced theirs'.
If money was the culprit then perhaps the correct draft choice in June would’ve been appropriate instead of selecting shooting guard Courtney Lee when JJ Redick and Keith Bogans already accounted for the amount of Magic two-guards.
The Magic had the 22nd pick in the draft and selected Courtney Lee, when a barrage of gifted centers were available-- Kosta Koufus, Deandre Jordan, Sausha Kaun, Omer Asik, Devon Hardin, and Joey Dorsey among others.
All Centers that the Magic desperately could've used instead of their current stock: Oft-injured Tony Battie, seldom used Marcin Gortat, offensively challenged Adonal Foye, and Dwayne Jones.
A PF would've been great too because Rashard Lewis is clearly playing out of position, averaging the lowest rebounding total of a starting power forward last season at 5.4 RPG.
The Magic also ignored power forwards at draft time-- Darell Arthur, Donte Green, Serge Ibaka, Joey Dorsey, Patrick Ewing Jr., James Gist, and Richard Hendrix.
All hopefuls averaged close to double figures and possess stellar strength that Orlando lacks and failed to view as a necessity in June.
In case you haven’t realized, I’m poking at the fact that Orlando has bar none the essentials in terms of toughness or size. Along with New Jersey and Indiana, the Magic are tied for the 3rd worst margin in the Eastern Conference in terms of weight and 6th worst in the NBA.
Still there is optimism in Orlando.
Magic fanatics still are adjoined to the belief of consecutive division titiles, the would be first Orlando's upcoming two decade existence.