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Sep 17

Are the Orlando Magic Still Title Contenders?

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Via Matt Moore of CBSSports.com:

As Courtney Lee hung in the air, anticipating the incoming lob for a last second shot in the NBA Finals, he likely didn’t know anything of what would happen as a result in the next 1.5 seconds. He would miss the alley-oop, a nearly impossible shot that he deserves credit for simply for managing to execute. He would wind up traded to New Jersey which would go on to be one of the worst teams in NBA history, then be traded to Houston. The [Orlando] Magic would swap out Hedo Turkoglu for an upgrade at shooting guard in Vince Carter. And the Magic’s best chance at an NBA championship would be snuffed out.

So the question has to be: Does Orlando still have a window open to win an NBA championship? [...]

Think of what they need in order to return to the championship if they don’t make a major trade this season. They need Carter to play better than he did last season, have everyone stay healthy, repeat last year’s performance, then overcome Boston’s defense and Miami’s starpower… just to make the Finals where barring a gigantic upset they’ll then face the same Lakers team that overwhelmed them two years ago. Orlando’s ownership group has commendably committed money to the team as it enters a new arena with a contending team. But unless it takes a major step back up the ladder, it may just be spinning its expensive wheels as the rest of the league continues to stay one step ahead of them.

Rest assured, I’m going to answer this question next week.

8 comments
Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@mentalmagic

I think it will. The Magic just don't have the revenue stream that teams like the Lakers and the Celtics do.

mentalmagic
mentalmagic

@Eddy Rivera
I was harsh. However, I'm glad you posted it because I liked learning about the concept of a "small market window" but I don't think it will apply to the Magic.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@capitalBOSS

Cap locks!

@mentalmagic

Moore knows what he's talking about, or else I wouldn't have bothered posting what he wrote. This isn't to say I agree with him because I don't know, but it's a topic that's still worth discussing.

@Ferric

A valid point.

Ferric
Ferric

I think the magic still have a real chance at a championship next year. What worries me is two or three years down the road when the heat have used their mid-level exception a few times to fill the holes in their roster. Then the rest of the leagues window, including the magic, could be close for a couple of years.

mentalmagic
mentalmagic

Every team needs all its players to play well and stay healthy to win a championship. I guess this guy didn't see the Magic in the first two rounds last year?

capitalBOSS
capitalBOSS

Clearly the Magic are pretenders, they aren't as good as teams they have to overcome and RASHARD LEWIS, not Vince Carter, WILL HAVE TO PLAY THE VALUE OF HIS CONTRACT IN ORDER FOR THE MAGIC TO HAVE THE SLIGHTEST CHANCE.