The Orlando Magic were one of the NBA’s expansion teams of the 1980’s, when the league was looking to branch out into new markets that nobody had ever really considered before for a basketball team. The Magic were founded in 1989, and have had some moderate success already. The Magic have won their division five times- 1995, 1996, 2008, 2009, and 2010. They have also won the Eastern Conference twice- 1995, and 2009. After missing the playoffs in each of their first four seasons of existence, the Magic made the playoffs in eight of the next ten seasons. A 21-61 finish though in the 2003-2004 season led them to drafting Dwight Howard number one overall. Howard led the Magic back to success in the late 2000’s before being traded in the Summer of 2012.
The Magic entered a rebuilding phase the moment they traded Howard and are actually farther along in their rebuild than some of their current rebuilding counterparts. The Magic currently sit at 21-43, and seven games back of the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. Now nobody expects them to make a run, but still, they aren’t technically “out of it” yet. In the 2013 NBA draft the Magic selected Victor Oladipo with the second overall selection. In 2014 they selected Aaron Gordon with the fourth overall selection. Both appear to be good choices and the Magic, maybe as soon as next season, will make the playoffs again.
The Orlando Magic did a bit worse than expected in their 2015-2016 season. The Magic hoped to contend for a playoff spot. They finished the season with a record of 35-47, nowhere near the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Magic have added a ton of young talent in recent years, and they entered the off-season believing that they simply needed to let that young talent grow and get better. Other than re-signing Evan Fournier, they had a very quiet offseason. So far this season, they are off to a start that was expected of them. To this point in the season, the Magic have a record of 15-18, one game off the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.