As the Orlando Magic stumble past the midpoint of the season, it’s time we take a look at the various aspects of the front office and grade their performance this year. No one thought this team would be contending for a playoff spot this season, but their 12–32 record is still a disappointment. Is it the players’ fault? Or the front office? Let’s examine below.
General Manager Rob Hennigan – Incomplete
After a 2013 season where he miraculously won both the Dwight Howard trade and the JJ Redick deal, 2014 has been surprisingly quiet. Drafting Victor Oladipo has to be qualified as a success, even if his performance so far has been inconsistent. Compared to the rest of the busts in the top five of that draft class, Victor Oladipo has a definite future in the NBA. Whether he’s a star or a defensive specialist remains to be seen, but so far the Magic should be happy.
The Orlando Magic roster is currently a collection of mismatched parts. While coach Jacque Vaughn definitely deserves some blame for his wacko rotations, it’s clear that Hennigan has been collecting assets, not building a basketball team. There’s talent there but the pieces don’t fit. Right now he is content to sit back and evaluate what he has before making any more moves. The 2014 draft will go a long way to determining the shape of the Magic roster moving forward.
Still, it is surprising that there hasn’t been more chatter surrounding potential roster moves. No one seems interested in Jameer Nelson or Glen Davis, and that’s not Hennigan’s fault. But the rumor mill has been quiet about Arron Afflalo as well. Perhaps most surprisingly, the Magic have so far refused to fill their two empty roster spots. For a rebuilding team like the Magic, using ten-day contracts to scout fringe prospects seems like a no-brainer. Of course the Magic want to maintain roster flexibility for a trade, but those non-guaranteed contracts won’t be a limiting factor. If this hesitation is part of a bigger move, then great, but for now Hennigan gets an incomplete.