Comprehensive Long-Term Blueprint for Rebuilding the Orlando Magic by 2015-16 Season

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Feb 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Team Chuck center Nikola Vucevic (9) of the Orlando Magic dunks over Team Shaq forward Andrew Nicholson (44) of the Orlando Magic during the second half of the rising stars challenge during the 2013 NBA All-Star weekend at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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Topics: 2013 NBA Draft, 2014 NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Kevin Love, Lamarcus Aldridge, Marcus Smart, Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic, Tobias Harris

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