3 Things Magic Fans Should Be Thankful For

3 Things To Be Grateful For This Season

Lately, things have not been going the Magic’s way, but there is still plenty to be thankful for this thanksgiving. For starters, the team has a new front office, players that are buying into Frank Vogel’s system, and plenty of young talent to build around. Let’s take a look now at the three things Magic fans should be grateful for this Thanksgiving.

One of the biggest things Orlando should be thankful for is a new front office. Gone are the days of an inexperienced GM trying to cut his teeth in the league. They have also been able to move on from the infamous marker board incident that appeared to reveal the franchise’s wish list. Now, the Magic are led by the veteran pair of Jeff Weltman and John Hammond. Already they are responsible for bringing in Jonathon Simmons in free agency and the drafting of Jonathan Isaac. They also did a decent job of filling out the roster with free agents Mareese Speights and Shelvin Mack. Now, Weltman and Hammond just need a little more time for their young talent to develop along with another strong draft or two.

Next, this year’s Orlando Magic squad has a much different attitude than some recent teams have had. All too often players were resistant to buy into what their coach’s philosophy was. Whether that was ‘run and gun’ or simply playing the best defense possible. This season the players are on board with Coach Vogel’s philosophy, and it has shown, at least at the beginning of this season.

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) drives to the basket between Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson (0) and forward Justise Winslow, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. The Magic won 116-109. Photo: AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack.

Finally, Orlando is filled with plenty of young talent on their roster, including some players that could potentially become All-Stars. Those players include the high-flying Aaron Gordon, the very raw rookie in Jonathan Isaac, and Elfrid Payton, who is still only 23 years old. Payton is starting to embrace his role as a facilitator and is dishing out dimes left and right when he has been healthy this season.

Overall, this is a much-improved team from the last few years, and the expectations should continue to grow as the season goes on. Which is why Magic fans have plenty to be thankful for this season despite the current 6-game losing streak.

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Kip Michalak is a former 3-sport collegiate athlete who has been covering the NBA as an Orlando Magic Insider for the past 3 seasons. Kip has also covered high school sports in Tampa Bay for 5 years. In addition to his basketball reporting Kip has covered a handful of major sporting events, which include: 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final 2016 NCAA Frozen Four 2016 Outback Bowl