Orlando Magic’s future really rests on Jonathan Isaac’s progress

With the NBA season now over, everyone’s attention has already turned to the 2022 season. A slew of gambling odds have already popped up with championship predictions and over/unders.

Predictably, the Magic are near the bottom.

After tearing down the roster and banking on some Lottery luck to provide a clearer path to the future — and coming up short — the team is not projected to do much. It is likely as they begin to come out that they will have the Magic among the worst teams in the Eastern Conference.

ESPN released its offseason power rankings and had the Orlando Magic 28th ahead of only the Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets — how things finished in the standings.

To say the least, even with the potential of adding two top-10 picks in this loaded draft, everyone is going to be skeptical of the Magic until they prove themselves on the court.

It is likely to be another rough year for the Magic’s record as the young team grows under a new coach and improves individually. Anything can happen, and no one should write the season completely off. But in all likelihood, the Magic will be back near the top of the Lottery to start next season.

There are not likely to be any major free agents — the Magic’s cap room is limited and the trade exception is only effective for certain contracts — and the Draft will…

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