2012 NBA Playoffs: Orlando Magic Team Preview
SB Nation - almost 5 years
Note: This post serves as a general playoff preview for the Orlando Magic, not a specific look at their forthcoming series against the Indiana Pacers. It's designed for the casual NBA fan who (soundly) decided to follow other teams during the regular season. - Ed.
Team Record: 37-29, third in the Southeast Division, sixth in the Eastern Conference
How would you describe the Magic in the regular season? Up-and-down and ultimately disappointing. The Magic had to deal with the constant drama surrounding Dwight Howard, which was supposed to end when he made the surprise decision to waive his right to become a free agent in 2012. Instead, the drama continued when coach Stan Van Gundy confirmed to the media that Howard had asked team management to fire him. And then Howard hurt his back and missed the rest of the season.
But more than the drama, Orlando just isn't as good a team as it used to be. Otis Smith's moves have robbed the Magic of their depth, a
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