NBA preview 2014: How Magic develop their youngsters is key to their success, analyst says

Maurice Harkless - Jonathan Daniel

Orlando faces a challenge in bringing Maurice Harkless, Tobias Harris, and Victor Oladipo along.

The biggest question facing the Orlando Magic in the 2013/14 season, according to ESPN Insider analyst David Thorpe, pertains to how they develop their young talent. "How do the Orlando Magic successfully develop Victor Oladipo alongside Maurice Harkless and Tobias Harris?" Thorpe asks in his feature about the "burning questions" with which teams in the Southeast Division must contend.

As Thorpe notes, the Oklahoma City Thunder, from whose front office Magic general manager Rob Hennigan hails, managed to develop four youngsters simultaneously, but Kevin Durant, James Harden, Serge Ibaka, and Russell Westbrook all play different positions. In contrast, Thorpe says, "Harkless, Harris and Oladipo play the wing spots, and unless they allow Harris to play some power forward (a likely plan), at any one time, one of them will have to sit on the bench." Finding enough minutes for all three players will be a challenge for coach Jacque Vaughn.

I outlined five questions facing the Magic in my season preview for Sheridan Hoops.

If you were Vaughn, how would you balance the minutes for Harkless, Harris, and Oladipo? Which player do you think is the biggest key for Orlando's long-term success?

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