After two straight trips to the NBA playoffs, each of which ended in a quick first-round exit, the Orlando Magic started off with four straight wins last season and looked like they would be in the postseason mix again. Instead, they soon collapsed and later made the decision to tear everything down and go full rebuilding mode.
The Magic traded Aaron Gordon to the Denver Nuggets, Nikola Vucevic to the Chicago Bulls and Evan Fournier to the Boston Celtics. In return they acquired a number of interesting young players and picks, including R.J. Hampton, Wendell Carter Jr. and the pick that they used to take Franz Wagner in this year's draft.
As a result they now have 14 former first-round picks and one of the youngest rosters in the league with an average age of 25.1 years. There's no question there's plenty of talent, but at the same time there's plenty of questions. So many of these young players -- Jonathan Isaac, Markelle Fultz, Wendell Carter Jr. and Chuma Okeke -- have been injury prone to start their careers, and the roster is not well balanced.
The one thing that does seem certain is the Magic are not going to be very good in 2021-22. Other than that, we'll see. Here's a look at the Magic's roster along with four reasons to pay attention to Orlando this season.