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Discussion: What should we expect from the Magic this season?

With more questions than answers, it’s time to do a little guessing

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After a 25-57 season in 2017-18, the Orlando Magic clearly have a ton of improving to do. Brighter days are on the horizon, but how much of that improvement will come this season?

With the season fast approaching, let’s turn to you, the fan, to take inventory of where the Magic will be in 82 games.

First off, Vegas sets the Magic win total at 30.5. If you had to bet a substantial amount of your own money, would you take the over or the under?

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Over/under 30.5 wins

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  • 67%
    Over
    (102 votes)
  • 32%
    Under
    (50 votes)
152 votes total Vote Now

Next, let’s take a shot at predicting the team’s leading scorer. Last season, it was Evan Fournier, who narrowly edged out Aaron Gordon’s 17.6 points per game by tallying a career-best 17.8. That was Evan’s second-straight season leading the Magic, with Nikola Vucevic taking the title the two years previous. Will this be the year that Aaron Gordon leads the pack?

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Who will be the Magic’s leading scorer?

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  • 8%
    Evan Fournier
    (13 votes)
  • 71%
    Aaron Gordon
    (113 votes)
  • 12%
    Nikola Vucevic
    (19 votes)
  • 6%
    Jonathan Isaac
    (10 votes)
  • 1%
    Other
    (2 votes)
157 votes total Vote Now

Now let’s talk about rebounding. With Vucevic likely taking on a lesser role as No. 6 pick Mohamed Bamba is eased in, this title may be up for grabs for the first time since his arrival. There’s plenty of length on the team, so this one’s anyone’s game.

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Who will lead the Magic in rebounds per game?

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  • 50%
    Nikola Vucevic
    (80 votes)
  • 25%
    Mohamed Bamba
    (41 votes)
  • 10%
    Aaron Gordon
    (17 votes)
  • 13%
    Jonathan Isaac
    (21 votes)
159 votes total Vote Now

This one will be fun. Last season, the official Magic Twitter account got trolled into oblivion when they highlighted Shelvin Mack’s 3.9 assists per game. With Mack gone, however, who will carry on the proud tradition as the Magic’s APG leader?

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Who will lead the Magic in assist per game?

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  • 60%
    D.J. Augustin
    (89 votes)
  • 8%
    Evan Fournier
    (13 votes)
  • 23%
    Jerian Grant
    (34 votes)
  • 2%
    Isaiah Briscoe
    (3 votes)
  • 4%
    Other
    (7 votes)
146 votes total Vote Now

Arguably the hardest category to sort out: blocks. The Magic core of Bamba, Isaac, and Gordon are all athletic freaks, but each has his own limitations. Who will be the leading shot-swatter in pinstripes this season?

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Who will lead the Magic in blocks per game?

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  • 53%
    Mohamed Bamba
    (86 votes)
  • 36%
    Jonathan Isaac
    (59 votes)
  • 5%
    Aaron Gordon
    (8 votes)
  • 4%
    Nikola Vucevic
    (7 votes)
160 votes total Vote Now

Steve Clifford has plenty on his plate this season. But what should he be prioritizing in what will likely be another rebuilding season?

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What is Steve Clifford’s most important job this season?

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  • 14%
    Improve the defense
    (21 votes)
  • 69%
    Develop the Magic’s core players
    (100 votes)
  • 15%
    Win games
    (23 votes)
144 votes total Vote Now

Jeff Weltman and John Hammond have drafted Mo Bamba and Jonathan Isaac, signed Jonathon Simmons, dealt Bismack Biyombo, acquired Jerian Grant, hired Steve Clifford and made other moves. How would you rate their job so far on a scale of 1 to 10?

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On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the job Weltman and Hammond have done so far?

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  • 10%
    9-10
    (16 votes)
  • 45%
    7-8
    (67 votes)
  • 34%
    5-6
    (50 votes)
  • 9%
    Less than 5
    (14 votes)
147 votes total Vote Now

It’s well documented that the Magic don’t have great options at point guard. D.J. Augustin is expected to start on opening night with Jerian Grant and Isaiah Briscoe fighting for minutes. Who will be the Magic’s starting point guard by the end of the season?

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Who will be the Magic’s starting point guard by the end of the season?

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  • 37%
    D.J. Augustin
    (53 votes)
  • 39%
    Jerian Grant
    (55 votes)
  • 5%
    Isaiah Briscoe
    (7 votes)
  • 17%
    Other
    (25 votes)
140 votes total Vote Now

What does the future hold for Mo Bamba in his career?

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Mo Bamba will be....

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  • 6%
    A Hall of Famer
    (10 votes)
  • 52%
    An All-Star
    (80 votes)
  • 37%
    A solid player/starter
    (57 votes)
  • 3%
    A bust
    (5 votes)
152 votes total Vote Now

And finally, nearly every Magic season in recent memory has come with a wild plot twist.

Comment below and add your craziest theory, and remember, don’t be too quick to judge on these. If someone had told you that Victor Oladipo and a pick would be traded for Serge Ibaka in 2015, you would’ve asked Zach to ban them for trolling.

Alas, here we are, so take a shot!