2018-19 Season Preview: Orlando Magic

Aaron Gordon is a rising star, but will he be enough to lift the Magic to good things this season?

Coach: Steve Clifford (first season with Magic, sixth season overall, 196-214, .478).

Last Season: 25-57, did not make playoffs.

Key Returnees: Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier, Jonathan Isaac, Terrence Ross, Arron Afflalo, D.J. Augustin.

Key Additions: Mo Bamba (rookie, Texas), Jerian Grant (Chicago), Jarell Martin (Memphis), Timofey Mozgov (Charlotte).

Key Losses: Mario Hezonja (Knicks), Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte), Shelvin Mack (Memphis).

Outlook: To say things didn’t go well for the Magic in Frank Vogel’s second, and final, season at the helm would be an understatement as a 1-15 stretch early on pretty much sealed the deal for Orlando, not to mention Vogel’s fate. Steve Clifford takes over after being given the gate in Charlotte after last season and inherits a team that signed young, rising star Aaron Gordon to a four-year, $84 million extension. The Magic drafted center Mo Bamba out of Texas with the sixth overall selection and combined with 6-foot-10 Jonathan Isaac, the Magic’s top pick in 2017, and veteran Nikola Vucevic, Orlando has depth in the middle. With Gordon and Evan Fournier, the frontcourt has potential. The backcourt? There’s no reason for even guarded optimism, unless Clifford, who took a leave of absence last season with the Hornets to address some health issues, finds a bag of, well, Magic, beans.