Around the Association: 2009-2010 Orlando Magic - Are they Vinsane? You be the judge.

I have to be honest, for a team that made it's way to the NBA Finals last year, the Magic have made some major moves beyond expectations. I'm not saying that the direction that Orlando is heading is bad, but it's clear that they are making their move for the ring now - potentially leveraging longevity  for a shot at it all. At the end of the day, it comes down to the two options in the philosophy of building a professional sports team. Design a team that can win a championship or design a team that can win a string of championships?

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"Okay Vince, if I win this thumb war, you come over and play for us next year."

While the Magic seemed to have taken advantage of the feeding frenzy of next years' Uber draft they have indeed acquired an aging Vince Carter in exchange some potential future producers (Alston and Courtney Lee most notably). Now, this isn't to say that Vince doesn't have anything left in the tank; he did just come off of a season of 20.8 points per game and 4.7 dimes per game.

Let's just say that the clock is officially ticking for the Magic to grab that trophy.

 

JUMP!

Vince Carter. Dwight Howard. Jameer Nelson. Rashard Lewis. Those are four extremely potent bullets in a now fully loaded gun. Even for a team that made the NBA finals last year, it's tough to argue that they didn't get better with the addition of Vinsinity.

The only issue I see is the loss of the depth of their bench. In order to get Carter over, Orlando dealt away Rafer Alston, a solid backup to Jameer Nelson. (To their credit on this hole, they did sign Jason Williams away from the Heat) Additionally, they moved away Courtney Lee, their rookie guard who showed the league that he can play with the elite in last years' postseason. Add to all of this the fact that Orlando did not succeed in keeping Hedo Turkoglu, a key cog in their success in their 2008-2009 season and one is left wondering if having Carter is truly greater than the potential holes they have created in their already proven roster.

Can Orlando get it done this year?! Despite some of these issues, I don't see why not. This will definitely be a team to watch.

 

2008-2009 Rewind

  • Finished Season 59 and 23
  • Beat Cleveland to win the Eastern Conference Championship
  • Lost to the Lakers in the NBA Finals

Offseason Moves

Recent Ex Warriors on current roster:

For more on the Orlando Magic check out Third Quarter Collapse:

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2009-2010 Around the Association


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