May 2, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson (14) drives to the basket during the third quarter of game three in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Amway Center. Indiana defeated Orlando, 97-74. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
The Orlando Magic have a lot of questions to answer before the 2012-13 season begins.
The Orlando Magic announced they will open training camp on Oct. 1.
With all of the changes to the Orlando roster in the offseason, the Magic will have a lot of questions to answer before camp's conclusion.
The most important question involves Orlando's roster. After agreeing to a contract with former Boston Celtics guard E'Twaun Moore, the Magic have 17 players under contract and that doesn't include DeAndre Liggins, Orlando's second round draft pick in 2012 (Orlando's potential roster decisions were profiled here).
Of course, Al Harrington is likely to be traded at some point and J.J. Redick, who is in the last year of his contract, is a very attractive asset. However, the Magic will likely enter the season with both players on their roster.
Orlando will have to spend a large amount of time implementing its new system. At Arron Afflalo's introductory press conference on Aug. 16, he didn't know what kind of system Jacque Vaughn would run. Of course, being that Vaughn has been on Gregg Popovich's staff in San Antonio for the past two seasons, there is some indication of what Vaughn may run.
Figuring out a rotation, including a starting lineup, will clearly be a priority as well. With just two point guards on the roster, veteran Jameer Nelson, who inked a three-year deal this offseason, is the starter.
At shooting guard, Orlando has both Afflalo and Redick, two solid players who can start in this league. Starting Afflalo and bringing in Redick, who is familiar with the sixth man role, seems logical. The Magic also have Moore and Eyenga, who could give them minutes at the two.
At the three, the Magic return veteran starter Hedo Turkoglu and added the 15th overall pick of this year's draft, St. John's forward Moe Harkless. Harkless averaged 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds in his only season with the Red Storm and was named the Big East Rookie of the Year. Eyenga and veterans Quentin Richardson and Harrington could also spend some time at the three.
Up front, there is a logjam. Glen Davis has primarily been a power forward, but played much better when he was filling in for Dwight Howard at center last season. The Magic used the 19th overall pick to select Andrew Nicholson and he looks like he is ready to contribute. Harrington averaged 14.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game mostly coming off the bench for the Denver Nuggets last season. Orlando dealt starting power forward Ryan Anderson to the New Orleans Hornets in a sign-and-trade, netting Gustavo Ayon in return. The 6'10 Ayon averaged 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in his rookie season last year.
If the Magic decide not to use Davis at center, Nikola Vucevic will likely be the starter. Vucevic, 21, put up 5.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in 51 games for the 76ers last season. Like Ayon, Vucevic will be entering his second season. The Magic also decided to keep Kyle O'Quinn, who they selected with the 49th overall pick of the draft. O'Quinn, who played all four years at Norfolk State, was impressive during summer league and should fight for playing time.
The Magic have a lot of questions entering the 2012-13 season and we're less than a month away from beginning to get some answers.