The Magic rank 11th in points allowed per possession and 28th in points scored per possession, but that doesn’t fully explain the disparity.
Over the previous 25 days, they rank even better defensively – first in the league, in fact – and even worse offensively.
So, Orlando is considering a move.
The Orlando Magic will sift through the trade market in an effort to add a scorer, a league source with knowledge of the situation told the Orlando Sentinel.
But those are all offensive-first players anyway.
The Magic’s top defenders are:
- Serge Ibaka (acquired just last summer in a franchise-defining move)
- Bismack Biyombo (signed long-term just last summer)
- Aaron Gordon (whom Orlando should be building around)
- Elfrid Payton (a management favorite)
It’s tough to see Magic general manager Rob Hennigan parting with any of those four. They’re too integral to his record.
Mostly, it’s interesting 10-13 Orlando is seeking to plug its biggest immediate hole rather than building for the future. Clearing a frontcourt logjam that has killed spacing and submarined the offense might be done most effectively by dealing a superfluous player for a draft pick. But in Hennigan’s fifth year, he could be feeling pressure to make his first playoff appearance.