The biggest areas the Magic should address this offseason
With the NBA Draft Combine starting Monday and the draft lottery on Tuesday, greater external attention will shift toward the Orlando Magic’s offseason.
Between June’s draft and free agency that starts in July, the Magic will have multiple opportunities to bolster their roster and improve on their 34-48 record from 2022-23 — a 12-win increase from the previous season.
“We have a lot of needs,” president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said. “We want to play clean basketball. Fewer fouls. Fewer turnovers. Right spots defensively. Understanding how each player’s role moves our team forward. A level of consistency, maturity, shooting. All of those things are going to lift us up.
“We have a lot of talent on this team. We have a lot of togetherness. We have a lot of character. It’s going to be more of what we did this year next year. We’re going to bring it forward. There are a whole lot of things we need to get better at. I wouldn’t say I have one thing in mind.”
Here are the areas the Magic should prioritize addressing the most over the next couple of months
The Magic have been one of the league’s worst-shooting teams over the past few years.
Their 34.6% 3-point accuracy and 31.1 3-point attempts per game this past season were both bottom-six marks in the league. Orlando also finished in the bottom four of 3-point accuracy compared to the rest of the league in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons.
The Magic understand they’ll need to improve their perimeter shooting.
There will be multiple options in the draft and free agency to address this need. They also understand internal growth will be required to make the most significant growth.
“Every team is looking at shooting these days — it’s just become too important part of the game,” Weltman said. “For sure, we need to get better [at] shooting the ball. But that can come from a lot of different avenues. That can come from internal growth over the summer, working individually with our players. It could come from the draft. It could come from discussions with other teams. It could come from shot selection. These are all parts of a growing team.
“The real challenge of winning with a young team has a lot to do with role orientation and knowing the difference of time/score. These are the kind of things you need reps, experience and togetherness to gain a full understanding of. That feeds into the types of shots you’re getting, what’s your objective and all of these numbers all of a sudden start to look a little better. We have a lot of capable shooters on this team who will be good shooters. But we’re young. It doesn’t always happen right out of the gate.”
The Magic seem to have their starting frontcourt of the future with Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Wendell Carter Jr.
But most of the reserves behind them bring their own set of questions regarding whether they’ll be part of the team’s long-term plans.
Among Jonathan Isaac, Bol Bol, Chuma Okeke, Moe Wagner, Admiral Schofield and Goga Bitadze, there’s uncertainty about who’ll play prominent roles for Orlando in the next phases of this team’s development.
This summer could be an opportunity for the Magic to answer some of those questions.
This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email Khobi Price at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @khobi_price.