On the final day of October, the Orlando Magic find themselves with the second best record in the Eastern Conference. Not many would have been able to predict this type of start for such a young team. In fact, many thought this franchise was destined to compete for ping-pong balls, rather than being atop the standings. With this teams early success, the real question now becomes whether or not they can actually maintain this type of production over a full season.
Through the first few weeks of the season, Orlando is being led by three different 20+ point scorers. Evan Fournier, Nikola Vucevic, and Aaron Gordon all have shown to be efficient options on a top offense in the NBA. These three are leading the Magic to the second highest scoring offense (116.9 ppg), second only to the Golden State Warriors.
Of the three scoring leaders on the team, Aaron Gordon’s production has to be considered the best surprise of the year. He is currently averaging a near double-double with 21 points a game, while pulling down 9 rebounds each night. Even with those numbers being surprisingly effective, even Gordon’s shooting percentages have been insanely good. The 22-year-old shoots just over four attempts a game from beyond the arc, and he is connecting on .591% of those shots.
With impressive wins over teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs. Orlando is now on track to compete at a high level in a somewhat weaker Eastern Conference. Right now, head coach Frank Vogel’s roster is made up of all the key components that are necessary for a winning team. They are lead with star-like power at the top of the rotation, solidified by a deep bench, to go along with young talent.
What is the ceiling for this surprise team?