The Orlando Magic currently sit down three games to one in their first round matchup versus the second-seeded Toronto Raptors.
The Magic were able to steal game one behind DJ Augustine’s heroic late-game three-pointer. Some would say it was magical (I’ll see myself out).
Since this shot, Orlando has struggled to even stay in the lead this series. In game three, the Magic led for a grand total of ten seconds. Once Orlando took the lead in game three, the Raptors would score twenty unanswered points to more than reclaim the lead.
One bright spot of this series has been the play of Aaron Gordon. In game three he scored 25 points and grabbed 7 boards, leading the team in scoring.
Vucevic and Fournier have shown their true colors this post-season, which leads to interesting discussions in the Magic front-office this off-season. Should you re-sign Vucevic or move on to Mo Bamba, who was drafted to eventually take over.
In my opinion, the Magic should move on from Vucevic unless he wants to take a team-friendly deal. He’s poised to get a huge contract after his All-Star level year, but the Magic are looking to build upon this year and have more post-season berths in the near future. Vucevic is not improving, but Bamba will be. Gordon looks poised to make an All-Star jump next season, and Jonathan Isaac will be a force to be reckoned with on defense.
This season was one of those, “It’s a year too early for them,” type of situations for Orlando. They’ll be back to the playoffs, but with or without Vucevic is the million-dollar question.