Surprise of the NBA Playoffs: The Orlando Magic?

Alex IdleContributor IApril 18, 2009

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 8:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic reacts in the final moments of a game against the Boston Celtics at the TD Banknorth Garden on March 8, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics lost 86-79. 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)

The NBA Playoffs have officially begun.

I love the postseason, because this is when the teams really try their hardest to prove they're the best. Each team in this "second season" has multiple studs and not just one superstar.

Let's face it: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Dwyane Wade are arguably the best three players in the league. I absolutely agree that these are the tguys that will be up for the MVP of the league, but I'm not solid on the construction of their respective teams.

Out of the trio, I believe that the best one is the Black Mamba (Bryant). He is the best pure basketball player in the world, in my opinion. Still, he isn't my favorite dude in the Playoffs; that title belongs to a man named Dwight Howard.

The thing about Howard is that he fits in with his squad, and the unit as a whole just clicks. I think the Orlando Magic have a great chance of shocking the league and winning the Eastern Conference and maybe even the NBA title.

The Magic took a hit when Jameer Nelson went out for the season; that is something every basketball fan knows. Still, Stan Van Gundy and company made up for it by picking up Rafer Alston. He may be 32 years old, but "Skip To My Lou" can still run with the best point guards in the league (especially in the East).

When you look at a rotation that includes Alston, Howard, Rashard Lewis, Hedo Turkoglu, Michael Pietrus, Courtney Lee, and even J.J. Redick, can you seriously not give them at least a chance at the 'chip?

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The Celtics are already off and to a slow start against the Bulls, and KG is out for the remainder. The Cavs have no big man to run with Howard (I will not buy it that Big Z or Anderson Varejao can handle him), nor do they have anyone who, in my opinion, would be able to handle Courtney Lee.

Think about it: LBJ will have his hands full with Lewis, Mo Williams will be chasing Alston, and Wally Szczberiak is too slow.

Delonte West? That's possible, but I think Lee could run past West even.

So after Boston and Cleveland, is there anybody else in the East that could challenge the Orlando?

I understand this is a stretch of a prediction, but when you think about it, it isn't too far-fetched. The Lakers could handle them out of the West, maybe even the Spurs, but out of the East, I like the boys in blue.

Let me know what you think, basketball fans. I am no NBA genius, and maybe you could teach me a lesson or two.

Or maybe you'll see that I'm on to something here.

God Bless, Alex Idle

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