Orlando Magic Roster 2019 Magic Roster

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The Orlando Magic have been down one too many rabbit holes in the past several seasons in an effort to return to contention. Players such as Elfrid Payton, who had been drafted as difference makers, have already been sent packing. Yet, the Magic continuously find themselves in the draft lottery time and again with no big free agents coming to town. At the same time, the Magic have watched players who they have given up on, like Victor Oladipo, flourish elsewhere. The Magic have drafted well recently, but now time will tell if they will have the patience to develop those players. Orlando has chosen to build around Aaron Gordon after locking him up to a contract extension. The Magic have brought in Steve Clifford to coach the team. Clifford had some success in reviving the Charlotte Hornets, and the Magic are hoping for similar results for this coaching stint.

Pos Name Jersey Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. College
PG D.J. Augustin D.J. Augustin D. Augustin 14
76
#28 PG 1 6' 0" 183 30 11/10/87 11th season Texas
PG Jerian Grant Jerian Grant J. Grant 22
73
#42 PG 2 6' 4" 205 26 10/9/92 4th season Notre Dame
PG Isaiah Briscoe Isaiah Briscoe I. Briscoe 13
66
#84 PG 3 6' 3" 215 22 4/13/96 Rookie Kentucky
PG Troy Caupain Troy Caupain T. Caupain 3
67
6' 4" 210 22 11/29/95 Rookie Cincinnati
SG Terrence Ross Terrence Ross T. Ross 31
75
#54 SG 2 6' 7" 206 27 2/5/91 7th season Washington
SF Evan Fournier Evan Fournier E. Fournier 10
78
#11 SF 1 6' 7" 205 25 10/29/92 7th season
SF Jonathon Simmons Jonathon Simmons J. Simmons 17
77
#28 SF 2 6' 6" 195 29 9/14/89 4th season Houston
SF Wesley Iwundu Wesley Iwundu W. Iwundu 25
69
2 6' 7" 195 23 12/20/94 2nd season Kansas State
SF Justin Jackson Justin Jackson J. Jackson
67
#76 SF 2 6' 7" 229 21 2/18/97 Rookie Maryland
SF Melvin Frazier Melvin Frazier M. Frazier 35
70
6' 6" 200 22 8/30/96 Rookie Tulane
PF Aaron Gordon Aaron Gordon A. Gordon 0
81
#12 PF 1 6' 9" 220 23 9/16/95 5th season Arizona
PF Jonathan Isaac Jonathan Isaac J. Isaac 1
76
#39 PF 1 6' 10" 210 21 10/3/97 2nd season Florida State
PF Jarell Martin Jarell Martin J. Martin 2
72
3 6' 10" 239 24 5/24/94 4th season LSU
PF Amile Jefferson Amile Jefferson A. Jefferson 11
66
6' 9" 222 25 5/7/93 Rookie Duke
C Nikola Vucevic Nikola Vucevic N. Vucevic 9
81
#17 C 1 7' 0" 260 27 10/24/90 8th season USC
C Mohamed Bamba Mohamed Bamba M. Bamba 5
76
#81 C 2 7' 0" 221 20 5/12/98 Rookie Texas
C Khem Birch Khem Birch K. Birch 24
70
#70 C 3 6' 9" 233 26 9/28/92 2nd season UNLV
C Timofey Mozgov Timofey Mozgov T. Mozgov 21
73
7' 1" 275 32 7/16/86 9th season

Orlando Magic Roster Top 3 Questions

Orlando is part of the bad teams stay bad club. After whiffing on numerous big names in the draft over the last few seasons, Orlando is looking at more of the same. Mario Hezonja has yet to surpass

Evan Fournier on the depth chart, but has started for any injured front court member. Elfrid Payton was shipped off to Phoenix, which was another failed draft pick. It is too early to tell on Aaron Gordon, but he is an athletic forward slowly progressing in his career. Gordon has had some injuries which is a concern. Nikola Vucevic is a productive offensive center, but lacks on the defensive side. It is surprising that he is still in Orlando, and will be on the block for the upcoming season Bismack Biyombo filled in nicely when Vucevic was injured, but his best abilities are rebounding and blocked shots. With no point guard in play for next year, it will be interesting to see what happens.

Can the Magic Play Stretch Ball?

The Magic have doubled and tripled down on the trend towards stretch fours in the NBA. The past two draft picks have been a part of the team's movement towards height and versatility. Jonathan Isaac played limited minutes as a rookie last season due to injuries, but promises to play a larger role this season. The Magic drafted Mo Bamba in the offseason. There is a large potential range of outcomes for Bamba, who impressed in the preseason. Bamba will likely be eased into action as a rookie with the Magic picking the appropriate spots for him. By the time the all-star break rolls around, the Magic will likely be giving Isaac and Bamba more prominent roles.

Can Jerian Grant Become the Starter?

The backcourt is where the bulk of the Magic's bad decisions have been made. Oladipo is a star in Indiana. In addition, the Magic have cut bait on Payton and Mario Hezonja. In the NBA, teams simply cannot afford to miss when drafting fifth overall like the Magic did with Hezonja. Orlando did get Jerian Grant as part of a swap of bad contracts, and Grant has been an intriguing player in his three seasons in the NBA who has not gotten a full chance to start. D.J. Augustin is decent, but nothing more than that. Augustin is 30 years old with limited upside and Grant hopes to force a decision at some time this season.

Can Aaron Gordon Continue to Grow?

Gordon is fresh off of an $80 million contract extension. Gordon increased his scoring to over 17 points per game last season after improving his outside shooting. The Magic are giving Gordon superstar money, and Gordon will need to earn it. Gordon began last season on a torrid hot shooting streak before tailing off later in the season. While that hot streak is difficult to sustain, Gordon must be closer to that player than to the payer he was when he went into a slump later in the season. Having Bamba and Isaac up to speed can take some of the pressure off of Gordon.