All indications point to this youthful Jonathan Isaac, Orlando Magic core being ahead of schedule.
Following a 22-win campaign two seasons prior, the team was given the top overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draught, using which Paolo Banchero was eventually chosen as the Rookie of the Year.
Orlando’s turnaround, which included ending 34-48 and above.500 over the final 57 games, was even more startling.
And with the playoff ramifications for the upcoming season, could the Magic be a feisty trading partner to fulfil those expectations?
NBA Analysis Network writes.“Both of these teams may be rebuilding. Don’t make the mistake of assuming they’re in the same boat. The Pistons were the worst team in the NBA last year. By contrast, the Magic showed a lot of progress. With that in mind, it could be time for this team to consolidate some assets and shift into win-now mode. Between Paolo Banchero, Franz Wagner, and others, they may have their core moving forward.
Why not add some shooting to it? Sure, Bogdanovic is older than their core. If the Magic are ready to start winning games, that’s less relevant. When Bogdanovic ages out of his prime, they’ll need to replace his skillset. Basically, they’ll need someone who can put the ball in the basket.”
Isaac, who was selected with the No. 6 overall choice in 2017. Averaged 2.3 blocks and 1.6 steals over 34 games in 2020–2021 until an ACL tear abruptly ended that promise. He played in 11 games last year, yet despite that, trade rumours have surfaced frequently this winter.
While adding Bogdanovic’s accurate shooting, which contributed 21.6 points on 41.1 percent of his long-range attempts. He might fill a critical gap right away for this youthful Magic core.
And while paying a hefty price for this multi-season rebuild by giving up an original piece would be difficult. It might be necessary to do so in order to compete.