5 Preseason Predictions For The Orlando Magic

Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) drives against Memphis Grizzlies forward James Ennis III (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball preseason game Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. Photo: AP Photo/Brandon Dill.

Five Projections for the 2017-2018 Magic

We are on the verge of another season for the Orlando Magic so its time now for our preseason predictions. And unlike last season when there was a real chance of reaching the playoff, this year the post season is completely out of the question. Orlando is in the middle of a re-build with a new front office and only a few building blocks for the future already on the roster. But with that said, there will still be plenty of fireworks this season as fans will get a glimpse of the future in promising rookie Jonathan Isaac, not to mention all the high-flying dunks from Aaron Gordon. Here are this year’s predictions:

Wins: 25-35 Now depending on if this year squad overachieves or falls flat, I can see the win total being 25 on the low end and 35 on the high end.

MVP: Nikola Vucevic. Last season the big man had an off year offensively but there is no reason that he cannot average 18 points and 10 + rebounds once again this season. One the main things holding Vucevic back was sharing minutes with Serge Ibaka.

Trades: The Magic swing a trade to acquire some 3-point shooting which continues to be an area of need.
Leading Scorer: Evan Fournier averaged a career best 17.2 points a game last season, and he appears ready for an even bigger season this year.

Orlando Magic guard Jonathon Simmons slips off the rim after a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball preseason game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. Photo: AP Photo/Brandon Dill.

6th Man: Jonathon Simmons, he may have taken an unconventional route to the NBA, but Simmons has shown he can score when given the chance. Simmons elevated his game in the playoffs putting up double figures in all four games against the Golden State Warriors.

Most Improved: Jonathan Isaac, the rookie should experience some ups and downs during his first season, but by the second half of the season most of the growing pains should be behind him. Look for Isaac to establish himself as a rising star before the season is over.

Kip Michalak is a former 3-sport collegiate athlete who has been covering the NBA as an Orlando Magic Insider for the past 3 seasons. Kip has also covered high school sports in Tampa Bay for 5 years. In addition to his basketball reporting Kip has covered a handful of major sporting events, which include: 2015, 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final 2016 NCAA Frozen Four 2018 NHL All Star Game 2016-2020 Outback Bowls