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Ford and Hollinger: Orlando Magic Rank Seventh in NBA Future Power Rankings

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ESPN's John Hollinger and Chad Ford have once again teamed up to create the NBA's Future Power Rankings, which is a "projection of the on-the-court success expected for each team during the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons." Their outlook for the Orlando Magic has dimmed since the last time they performed the exercise, as Orlando has dropped from third to seventh this time around.

Teams are rated on their players (400 points), management (200 points), money (100 points), market (100 points), and draft (100 points).

Here's an excerpt of what they had to say about the Magic. Because the rankings are subscription-only, I am unable to post the full text:

The only major concern is the serious money the team is taking on. Orlando is a small market, but the team is well into the luxury tax and probably will remain that way for a while unless ownership demands a budget slashing. For now, it hasn't, and with that, solid personnel moves under GM Otis Smith and the exacting coaching of Stan Van Gundy, the Magic get good marks for management.

Hollinger and Ford add that the Magic are "stacked for the long term" thanks to Dwight Howard. They also advise paying attention to Ryan Anderson, "who could become a better version of Troy Murphy." Thanks to the attractive market and new arena, Orlando is "already near the top of Chris Paul's short list of future destinations and could pop up on other players', too."

They ranked Orlando fourth in players, 12th in management, 28th in money, fourth in market, and 26th in draft.

The teams with rosier outlooks than the Magic are, in order, the Miami Heat, L.A. Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, and Portland Trail Blazers.