Yes, the 1995 Magic with Shaq, Penny, 3D, Nick Anderson and Ho Grant were my favorite team as a kid. Yes, I still have the Magic locker at my house that I obtained in 1995. Oh and yes, I am currently sporting an NBA Jam jersey with Shaq and Penny on it. Unfortunately, all of those guys are retired, and while some say Orlando is the happiest place in the world, the Magic were a pretty sad team in 2020-21. They struggled with injuries starting with Jonathan Issac, who didn’t play a single game. Starter Markel Fultz played just eight games before tearing his ACL, and the boys in the regular rotation Cole Anthony, Michael Carter-Williams, and Terrence ross he played a combined 126 out of 216 possible games. The Magic finished last in FG%, 26th in 3PM, 28th in assists, and traded two-time All-Star Nikola Vučević to Chicago on the deadline. All of this led to a 21-51 record and the resignation of head coach Steve Clifford.
The Magic were a bad team, but a bad team can have great fantasy value. Orlando played with fewer than 10 guys multiple times and some games with a minimum of eight. That translated into significant minutes, huge usage increases, and a lot of value. Magic players became DFS regulars due to their high projected minutes and low prices. Boys like In Bamba and RJ Hampton averaged 33 and 31.7 fantasy points per game during the last 10 of the season. It was a fun team to watch during a few games.
How will they do in 2021-22? We’ll see.
Jamahl Mosley (first season as head coach)
Jalen Suggs, G – 5th pick in draft, 14.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 4.5 assists per game at Gonzaga
Franz wagner, F – 8th pick in draft, 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3 assists per game at Michigan
Robin lopez, C – Free agent, 9 points, 3.8 rebounds, in 19 minutes per game last season with Washington
Jonathan Isaac, F – Returned from ACL surgery, 11.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game during the 2019-20 season
Projected depth table:
|M. Fultz *||J. Suggs||T. Ross||C. Okeke||W. Carter Jr|
|C. Anthony||RJ Hampton||J. Isaac *||F. Wagner||M. Bamba|
|E. Moore||G. Harris||M. Carter-Williams||M. Wagner||R. López|
Fultz and Isaac will return from ACL injuries at some point, but we don’t know when. A rookie (Suggs) will start in SG. Carter Jr, who finished 58th in defensive win action among qualified players, will start in center and there is a rookie head coach. This computer is in bare metal mode and it will be a while before the magic happens.
Prediction 2021-22: 22-60, 15 in the East
Fantasy Outlook / guys I am addressing in rotisserie drafts:
J. Suggs (90), In Bamba (120), T. Ross (167), C. Anthony (190)
I like it Jalen Suggs as you will get great minutes and probably a high usage rate, but that will come with a low% firing. In Bamba he averaged 1.3 blocks in just 15.8 minutes per game last season. He is only 23 years old and entering his fourth season as a professional. I’m looking forward to ~ 25 minutes per game this year, which gives his block rate a very high ceiling. Terrence ross He’s a solid scorer and will hit a ton of 3s, having averaged 2.4 on 6.6 attempts over the past three seasons. Finally, Cole Anthony He is entering his second season and averaged 12.9 points and 4.1 assists per game in his rookie season. With more experience and a few more minutes, he has the talent to increase his numbers to 15 points and six assists this year, making him a good value in the final round.
I hope Orlando limits the number of times the city pride uniforms are worn because that orange color just doesn’t work for me. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you every Thursday for DFS analysis and advice right here on Razz!
– Cousin Timmy
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