Along with Vucevic, the Magic will also be bringing back a very similar roster situation compared to what they had during last year’s breakthrough with the only notable offseason acquisition coming when they signed veteran forward Al-Farouq Aminu to a three-year deal. Aaron Gordon, considered one of the better young prospects in the league, actually saw a drop off in his scoring compared to the previous season. However, the improvement in his shooting percentages across the board suggest that he may be due to have a breakout year. Scoring wings Terrence Ross and Evan Fournier will be brought back into the fold after each averaging more than 15 points per game a season ago, and their contributions on the offensive end will play a critical role in how high the ceiling is for this team.
There is also plenty of young talent on this roster that could begin to blossom after another year of NBA experience under their belt. Jonathan Isaac took a big step forward during his sophomore season, and his advanced metrics suggest that he can produce even more if given the opportunity. It will be interesting to see how Mo Bamba is utilized this season after missing a majority of last year due to injury. Bamba is certainly a unique prospect whose size and length will make him an immediate factor on defense around the rim, but it remains to be seen how much playing time he will get coming off the bench behind Vucevic.
Perhaps the biggest question on the roster lies at the point guard position. DJ Augustin did a serviceable job running the offense last season, but perhaps Orlando will look at other options with Augustin set to become an unrestricted free agent after the upcoming season. The Magic took a flyer on Markelle Fultz by acquiring from Philadelphia, but the status of his health and his game are still questionable at best. If the Magic begin looking like a threat to make the playoffs again, don’t be surprised if they look to the trade market to try and provide some additional strength at the position.