The Orlando Magic front office, led by Jeff Weltman, has improved the Orlando Magic franchise for six years.
The commitment with the resources from the Devos family in backing up the front office has shown the highest level of experience and talent to an organization to bring the Magic back to contention. The Magic continues to invest in their basketball operations at a level they have not before.
The 2023 Magic team is the fruit of their labor and will continue to blossom.
Currently, the Magic are the team to watch in the Eastern Conference. They are fun and bring curiosity.
Curiosity here is how Orlando will manage its talented guards. Markelle Fultz was impressive in his first entire season back from an ACL injury. Cole Anthony had the team’s best assist-to-turnover ratio. Jalen Suggs was more efficient in his second season. Gary Harris, fully healthy, was back to being the solid player he was in Denver. The Magic added to the mix in June when they spent two first-round picks on guards Anthony Black and Jett Howard.
Here is the fun part of the Magic: contributions of Paolo Banchero, Frantz Wagner, and Wendell Carter Jr., to name a few on this young roster.
Banchero and Wagner have to raise their game higher to make the Magic a playoff contender instead of a play-in bid. Wagner, as a rookie, caught the NBA by surprise; however, the league caught up to it. He maintained his contribution to the team. Banchero is the team’s star but will need to continue to improve his shooting; his physicality in his game helps cover his weakness.
The Magic, if healthy, should have 37 wins this season or over. They will be worth the price of admission, but if they struggle, not making it at least as a play in team will paint a rough image for the front office.