The Magic might have lost the series, lost the NBA Finals, to the Los Angeles Lakers, but the upside was much bigger than the down. That was the end of 2009 season, a season that seems so far away from Orlando Magic fans.
Dwight had carried the Magic to the finals beating league MVP, Lebron James and his Cleveland team, coming back from a blown game 5 to beat the Boston Celtics, and proving Dwight was indeed a playoff superman. The Magic were magical only because of Dwight. Role players and spot up shooters made up the Eastern Conference Champs, and it seemed like a bright future ahead.
The Magic are a small market franchise. Orlando isn't New York or LA, but with a new stadium built, The Amway Center in 2010, it seemed that Dwight had built a home in Central Florida.
Flash forward to present day, post Dwightmare Saga, less than a month before camp opens, and you don't have any star players to fill the seats of the house that Dwight left. The Magic took Victor Oladipo with the 2nd overall pick in the 2013 Draft, and the rest of the roster doesn't have any All Star Caliber players.
They are coming off the worst record in the NBA last year, 20-62, they have traded away Dwight for little to nothing, and building out of the draft is a long process. The Magic are preparing for another rebuilding year, but rebuilding doesn't fill seats. Rebuilding a team is a hard process, and with superstars bolting for bigger cities how can they keep up?
That is where the Orlando Magic sit right now, wondering. They don't have time to say what if or to enjoy the what was with Dwight jumping center. They have to rebuild, and do so quickly.
Over the next few weeks before camp, I will break down the current time and give some solutions to the major problems the Magic face. Stay Tuned.