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Don’t look now, but the grumbling and moaning over front office moves have ceased in Orlando, at least temporarily. Even throughout a laughable, disastrous season for the Magic, fans have generally voiced optimism, most aptly regarding the young pieces on the roster.
This is a new look for Orlando, especially considering the recent history of less-than-desirable personnel decisions by previous regimes. The bottom line right now is that the Magic fanbase has no reason whatsoever to distrust general manager Rob Hennigan, which is worth its weight in gold as Orlando enters the first of what will probably be several rebuilding drafts.
There is no question that at least part of the excitement over the budding talent in Orlando is based on the lack of star power to fuel the fire. Because of the quasi-pathetic effect this season has had on Magic fans, a collective voice is trying to make lemonade out of lemons. Maybe that is what makes Orlando a great basketball town.
Or maybe the silver lining — in the form of five very promising players — is truly a testament to Hennigan’s eye for talent. It is difficult to judge these things in small sample sizes, but we’re no longer talking about one strategic move that brought in one value player. Hennigan is responsible for Nikola Vucevic, Maurice Harkless, Andrew Nicholson, Kyle O’Quinn, and Tobias Harris.