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The Magic’s bench is flawed, but dramatically improved

Despite an overall lack of shooting, the bench should benefit just by replacing some of the worst reserve players in the league.

How to not ruin free agency in three easy steps

A step-by-step guide to keep Orlando from ruining everything

A look at the Magic’s war chest

What future assets does Orlando own following Thursday’s flurry of trade activity? Aaron investigates.

Grading the Magic’s draft

How did the Magic fare on Thursday night? Aaron hands out his grades.

Why did the Magic trade the 25th pick?

Orlando’s return for their 25th pick was confusing, confounding, and perhaps troubling.

Analyzing Jonathan Isaac’s fit on the Magic

Isaac has one of the highest upsides of any player in the draft, but realizing that potential could be a challenge on this roster

Diving for Draft diamonds: Guards edition

Dotson and Sindarius Thornwell top our list of potential diamonds in the rough

Terrence Ross helps Magic zig with the rest of NBA

The Magic adding Ross made sense, especially from a play style standpoint.

Three ways the Serge Ibaka trade helps the Magic

In swapping Ibaka for Terrence Ross, Orlando made a move with an eye toward the future.

How the Aaron Gordon experiment succeeded, and how it failed

Against popular opinion, the Magic ushered Aaron Gordon into the small forward position. What’s worked, and what needs to change?

How to trade Serge Ibaka

Orlando needs to cut bait with its veteran big man. Here are some trade scenarios that make sense.

What’s hindering Aaron Gordon’s development?

Two peers from Gordon’s draft class have taken a leap in their third season, so what has held Gordon back?

Magic’s biggest positional needs based off statistics

Some of the Magic’s needs seem obvious, but what do the numbers say?

Should the Magic trade Aaron Gordon?

Gordon may be the only means of acquiring a true star, but is that a worthy price for the Magic’s brightest young talent?

Going big continues to cost the Magic

The Magic were the first to really push pace and space. Now they’re the opposite, and it’s hurting them.

How sustainable is the Magic offense?

The suddenly competent, offense, gauging playoff odds, and a block party in O-town

Rob Hennigan’s 2016 Year in Review

2016 was an eventful year for Rob Hennigan and the Magic.

Orlando Magic Progress Reports Volume Three

Aaron takes a look at who has performed well, and who hasn’t over the last 10 games for the Magic.

The myth of depth in the NBA

Depth is often cited among the Magic’s biggest assets, but how does a scoring bench impact a team’s record?

Notebook: Gordon comes up big against Clippers

The Magic got a career night from Aaron Gordon, but it wasn’t enough as the defense continues to falter without Nikola Vucevic.

The mystery of the missing defense

A hunt for the missing defense, adding a sub-star, and Mario in the D-League

Five Magic Observations: The “Dumb Trade Ideas” Edition

Trade Machine nonsense, five-man lineups, and some more Jeff Green vitriol

How to Fix the Magic’s Offense in Five Easy Steps

Orlando’s offense is broken. Let’s try to put it back together.

Lineup changes send Magic defense downhill

The Magic made a big lineup change ahead of Sunday night’s game, and it hurt them.

Five Magic Observations: The “Plus-Minus” Edition

An advanced stats roundup, passing to Vucevic, and some grumbling about Jeff Green

Serge Ibaka’s migration away from the basket

The once fierce defender has become a shooter over the years, and it appears to be getting worse.

Third quarter plagues Magic despite win

The Magic have been one of the worst teams in the third quarter this season.

Five Magic Observations: The “Shot-making” Edition

Historically bad field goal shooting, lineup changes, and rooting for the Lakers

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Magic

The “Bad” Magic stick around a lot longer than the “Good” Magic.

Five Magic Observations: The “Rim Protection” Edition

Defense, funky stats, and a murderous block.

Bench unit giving the Magic a big boost

Do the Magic’s best lineups rely on four bench players?

Gordon sparks defense against Kings

Rudy Gay got going early, then Aaron Gordon shut him down in the second half.

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