General Manager Rob Hennigan knew when he came on board that rebuilding the Orlando Magic would be a long-term process. After firing coach Stan Van Gundy and essentially being strong-armed into trading former franchise player Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, no one was expecting the Magic to recover instantly.
After a respectable start to the season where the Magic were 12-13 after 25 games, Orlando has since fallen off badly and currently stand at 18-53. This young team has predictably taken many lumps along the road and will continue to do so. Having said that, there is a bright future ahead.
Jacque Vaughn seems to have been the correct coaching hire as players have responded well to his calm style and play hard every night. There is also a decent amount of young talent moving forward. Nikola Vucevic has blossomed into a solid NBA center and is one of ten players averaging a double-double in points and rebounds this season.
Tobias Harris is showing promise as a capable scorer in this league averaging 14.9 points a game since being acquired via trade from the Milwaukee Bucks. Harris can score inside and out and is a nightly match-up problem because of his versatility.
Maurice Harkless has potential as a lockdown defender and compares similarly to Trevor Ariza with his length and elite athleticism. Though Andrew Nicholson has been lost in the shuffle of late, he is a smooth shooting big man who can stretch the floor.