We're at the fourth part of a five-part series breaking down the 2013-14 Orlando Magic by position and we've hit the power forward spot. It looks to be Orlando's most uncertain position, but at the same time, perhaps its most veteran. As the Magic look to improve on the worst record in the NBA and the second worst in franchise history, here's what can be expected from Orlando at the four-spot:
Should he be ready to go by the start of the regular season and still on the Magic roster, Glen Davis will likely get the nod as Orlando's starting power forward. Davis brought energy to the Magic and served as a team leader early on last season as Orlando got off to a better than anticipated 12-13 start. Before missing the remainder of the season with a foot injury, Davis averaged better than 15 points and seven rebounds in 34 games with the Magic.
Davis was also the leading playoff scorer the year before for the Magic and has become somewhat of a fan favorite especially with J.J. Redick now in Milwaukee. Davis also has the ability to play center and stretch the floor with a good mid-range jump-shot, but his role with the Magic for the upcoming season remains largely unknown.
A pair of players that will split time between the power forward and center positions will be veteran offseason acquisition Jason Maxiell and second-year man Kyle O'Quinn.
Maxiell has a very limited offensive game, but despite being undersized at 6'7", has always been an excellent post defender and usually against bigger competition. Last season with Detroit, Maxiell averaged a career-high 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks-per-game in just under 25 minutes of action per-contest.
O'Quinn will likely spend the majority of his playing time as Orlando's backup center, but will see some time on the floor at the power forward position when the Magic go big. O'Quinn, at 6'10", started five games for the Magic a season ago and finished the season averaging just over four points and just under four rebounds in a little more than 11 minutes-per-game.
Like Davis, O'Quinn has decent range and can help stretch the floor when playing at the center position. Despite limited minutes a season ago, O'Quinn shot better than 51 percent from the field and 67 percent from the free throw line, not bad for a guy 6'10".
Also contributing at the power forward position could be rookie from Oklahoma and second round pick, Romero Osby. Osby despite being a bit undersized himself at 6'8", led the Sooners in both scoring and rebounding a season ago. Osby has good range and is a scrapper inside and on the boards. With the Magic crowded at small forward, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the rookie get some time at the four-spot.
The power forward position definitely presents a lot of questions for the Magic this season with the biggest being the health of Glen Davis. It will also be interesting to see how second-year head coach Jacque Vaughn uses the veteran Maxiell and the youngsters, Osby and O'Quinn. If Davis is able to return to form, he should provide a veteran presence and some much-needed leadership to a young Orlando squad. If not, that will present an opportunity for the younger Magic players to step up.