The word of the week for the Orlando Magic in NBA Power Rankings? Panic.
When your only wins are against the Cavs, Knicks and Grizzlies, and when you are last or close to it in nearly all key offensive categories, it raises questions and concerns about the team’s long-term viability.
The Magic, who have lost five of six games to drop to 3-7, are second to last in offensive rating at 99.8, just barely edging out the lowly Knicks at 99.3. They are last in effective field goal percentage (46.8) and three-point percentage (28.2), and third to last in free throw attempt rate (22.1).
Points have not been easy to come by. The numbers and record are ugly. And the power ranking writers are panicking.
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ESPN - Magic at 21
The Magic have dropped five of six, with their lone win coming as a home blowout of the Grizzlies on Friday. Orlando’s bright spot during this stretch was third-year forward Jonathan Isaac, who is starting to live up to his sixth overall pick status from two years ago. Since the calendar flipped to November, no player has more blocks per game than Isaac’s 3.2. -- Andre Snellings
NBA.com - Magic at 21
The Magic had a 72-minute stretch of efficient offense, clobbering the Grizzlies on Friday and then scoring 60 first-half points against Indiana two nights later. But they returned to form in the second half on Sunday, scoring just 42 points (on 36% shooting) and blowing what was a 13-point lead. That tied the Magic (3-4) with Chicago (2-4) for the most losses after leading by double-digits. Turnovers haven’t really been the issue with the league’s 29th-ranked offense - the Magic rank third with just 13.4 turnovers per 100 possessions - but with multiple opportunities to win their game in Dallas on Wednesday, Aaron Gordon committed two offensive fouls in the final 35 seconds before Nikola Vucevic missed a good look at a three for the win. Both Vucevic (9-for-37) and Terrence Ross (6-for-28) rank in the bottom six in catch-and-shoot 3-point percentage among 109 players with at least 25 attempts. -- John Schuhmann
CBS Sports - Magic at 24
Time to panic in Orlando? The Magic have failed to build off the success of last season, going 1-3 this week despite breaking the 100-point threshold in three consecutive games, after failing to do it in their first seven. The offense is just slightly better than the league-worst Knicks, which has prevented them from winning games despite their stout defense. They’re last in the league in 3-point shooting at 28.2 percent. -- Colin Ward-Henninger
Sports Illustrated - Magic at 22
The Magic may be the ugliest watch in basketball. They’re one of two teams with an offensive rating under 100 (congrats, Knicks!) and no team has a worse eFG%. D.J. Augustine has fallen back to earth and the log jam of forwards is problematic. Perhaps an increased pace (currently No. 29) could provide a spark, especially with Markelle Fultz as a starter. -- Michael Shapiro
Bleacher Report - Magic at 21
Jonathan Isaac engulfed Kristaps Porzingis and anyone else unlucky enough to enter the danger zone that is the 10-foot radius surrounding the Orlando Magic’s superstar defender on Wednesday. His long-limbed brand of defensive destruction couldn’t net the Magic a win, but it did produce a stat line—13 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks, five assists, four steals and one made three—never seen before.
Orlando got a badly needed victory in Memphis on Friday, a 118-86 walkover behind 23 points, 16 rebounds and six assists from 2018-19 All-Star Nikola Vucevic. The rebound total was a season high for Vucevic, and the 118 total points were 12 more than the Magic had managed in any other game this year.
The Grizzlies aren’t a great metric against which to measure offensive potency, but Orlando will take a big point total however it can get one. The Magic are still comfortably last in offensive efficiency. -- Grant Hughes
Rotoworld - Magic at 24
The Magic have yet to win a road game this season (0-4). In fact, their only victories have been home games vs. the Cavs, Grizzlies and lowly Knicks. -- Tommy Beer
UPROXX - Magic at 21
Orlando is no longer in the NBA’s basement when it comes to offense (shouts to the Knicks) but the Magic are really struggling. It’s too early for full-fledged panic but, even in the East, there is a threshold that playoff teams have to meet and Orlando isn’t doing it right now. -- Brad Rowland
The Athletic - Magic at 19
We’re… not supposed to panic about the Orlando Magic, I guess? After what happened last season, I guess we have to trust this group a little and trust coach Steve Clifford to get everybody on the same page. But it’s the same broken record with this group through the first three weeks of Power Rankings. It can’t score and it’s not getting any better. Only the New York Knicks being entirely pathetic on offense keeps the Magic from having the worst offense in the NBA. But both teams are below 100 points per 100 possessions as an offensive rating. Even with 72 games to go, Magic fans have to be a little concerned that their offense is on par with the Knicks. Believe I’m overlooking this team and its capabilities all you want, but being in the same breath as the Knicks when it comes to offensive potency is terrifying as a basketball fan. -- Zach Harper