NBA Up-and-Comers: Orlando Magic

The Magic lost in a tough overtime battle to the Nuggets at home on Wednesday.

And while a loss is a loss, it’s apparent that the Magic are a competitive ballclub this season.

They played neck-and-neck with a very good Denver team (sans Gary Harris) on the second night of a back-to-back.

Having Terrence Ross healthy is making a big difference for their offense. Jonathan Isaac is still coming in to his own, but having him healthy is a boon defensively.

Nik Vucevic is playing out of his mind, and Aaron Gordon has clearly taken another step.

All due respect to DJ Augustin, but Orlando has arguably the worst point guard rotation in the League, and they’re still playing good basketball.

This is a team that could hover around .500 this season, and if a few things go their way, could be in the hunt to make the playoffs.

A postseason berth would be huge for this young team. While the prospect of adding another lottery pick next season sounds enticing, this long-suffering franchise needs to prioritize building a winning culture this season.