Prediction: Orlando Magic will NOT Make it Past the First Round
August 25, 2007
The Magic just acquired Adonal Foyle, which makes the Magic’s frontcourt one of the most powerful in the league. Although Foyle had a weak season in ’06-’07, he is still capable of being a solid frontcourt partner of Dwight Howard and Rashard Lewis. This was a terrific addition for the boys in blue, but is in enough? I know I ask this question quite a bit, but when you look at the rest of the east, you have to ask yourself if you think that this powerful frontcourt is really enough to get the Magic deep into the playoffs. The answer is no! I don’t even believe these guys will make it past the first round. I solely place the blame for my prediction on the Magic’s lack of backcourt. That’s where it all starts. Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu are as weak of a backcourt as the league has seen in recent years. Nelson has yet to prove he is a good point guard in the league, and Turkoglu’s inconsistency will only become more significant as he gets less shots with Rashard Lewis in town. With Carlos Arroyo and J.J. Redick coming off the bench, there’s just not much depth for the coach to dip into! If these guys make it past the first round of the playoffs, I give everyone that has just read this to rub it in my face, but I have a feeling I won’t be getting any comments come that time of the season.