The Magic had a pretty brutal year but in a lot of ways, that was part of the plan. Problem is, they're not the only ones with that plan. Thunder, Rockets, and Pistons fans are having similar conversations today about how they feel about where they are in the rebuilding process, and if we're honest, all 4 have a reason for optimism.
The Rockets feel like they're furthest away but they also have the flashiest (potential) star in Jalen Green. Cade Cunningham started a little slow for Detroit, but he emerged as a definitive "guy you can build around" in the 2nd half of the season. OKC doesn't really feel like an organization with a plan that's anything but - COLLECT ALL THE DRAFT PICK - Yet, they have couple of guys to feel good about. Josh Giddey was the 6th pick off the board in the 2021 draft, a selection that looked to many as a bit of a reach, but he was terrific. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander dealt with injuries this year, but he's electric when he's on the floor, and I'm not really sure what else to be ecstatic about there other than their bevvy of picks.
The Magic don't feel like they have that bonified "star" but they do feel like they are primed to add one and that when they do, they can sky-rocket quicker than these other teams because of their foundation. Wendell Carter Jr. proved that he's a force at center, Franz Wagner more than outplayed his 8th overall status, and Markelle Fultz shined upon return from injury. I'm still hopeful, as are many Magic fans, that Jalen Suggs can be a healthy contributor to a good NBA team...it just feels like this team is missing a piece before they can really accelerate this thing.
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