The Orlando Magic are in stage I of a multi-year rebuilding project, and determining the path that GM Rob Hennigan should take is difficult to project. Even with the second-worst record in the NBA, the Magic are not a team without strengths.
Nikola Vucevic is one of the best and most promising young centers in the league. Tobias Harris is showing himself to be a versatile combo-forward who compares favorably to Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.
Maurice Harkless is developing into the kind of glue guy and defensive stopper that contending teams crave. And Andrew Nicholson is an old-school power forward whose game brings memories of Willis Reed.
Aaron Afflalo is entering his prime and is a fine NBA 2-guard, but his biggest value may be in a potential trade down the road.
Outside of Afflalo and the quartet of frontcourt young players, the Magic really have no one else on their current roster who warrants much consideration in a blueprint for rebuilding the team.
Jameer Nelson is 30, and on a contract most teams would not have tendered to him facing the prospect of rebuilding.