Orlando Magic Roster 2021-22: Has Trading Off The Veteran Core Resulted In Any Exciting Prospects For The Magic?

Published 09/20/2021, 10:55 PM EDT
Feb 2, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) drives to the basket as Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony (50) defends during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Orlando Magic traded their veteran core last season in Evan Fournier, Nikola Vucevic, and Aaron Gordon. As a result, Terrence Ross is the most experienced starter for this franchise now. Therefore, the upcoming season will most likely see several combinations of starting line-ups used by the Magic. Considering that most of the roster is below the age of 25 with almost no experience in the league, we do not predict this roster to finish very high on the final standings. However, they will be exciting to watch considering the athleticism and skill on this roster. This season they had two picks in the top 10 of the first round in the NBA Draft. And they drafted two powerful pieces to add to their roster. They picked Jalen Suggs at the number 5 and Franz Wagner at number 8. So what does the roster look like with these additions?

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Apr 3, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jalen Suggs (1) celebrate making the game winning shot against the UCLA Bruins in the national semifinals of the Final Four of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Orlando Magic Roster Movements

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Incoming Players

1. Jalen Suggs (Number 5 pick in the Draft)

They drafted the exciting young point guard from Gonzaga University. Highly predicted to be a top-4 pick, Magic will feel like they have a steal in the form of Suggs. The athletic point guard led his team to the NCAA Finals. He showed sparks of brilliance in the Summer League.

2. Franz Wagner (Number 8 pick in the Draft)

The brother of the NBA player, Moritz Wagner, Franz was drafted from the Michigan Wolverines. He is a big wing with a versatile game whose improvement as a sophomore helped lift Michigan to an Elite Eight appearance.

3. Robin Lopez (Signed as a free agent)

The veteran center and brother of current NBA Champion, Brook Lopez, Robin has not had as successful a career in terms of statistics as his brother. However, his impact on the floor is still significant enough for him to eventually contest to be a starter for this team.

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4. Mo Wagner (Re-signed)

5. E’Twaun Moore (Signed as a free agent)

Outgoing Players

1. Dwayne Bacon (now plays for New York Knicks)

The most consistent starter for this team last season, Bacon has now moved on to a career with the Knicks. He averaged 10.9 points a game in all the 72 games he played last season.

Orlando Magic: Full Roster

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Backcourt

  • Cole Anthony
  • Michael Carter-Williams
  • Markelle Fultz
  • Jalen Suggs
  • RJ Hampton
  • Gary Harris
  • Jeff Dowtin
  • Hassani Gravett
  • Terrence Ross
  • Chasson Randle
  • Sindarius Thornwell

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Front Court

  • Mo Bamba
  • Ignas Brazdeikis
  • Wendell Carter Jr.
  • James Ennis III
  • Jonathan Isaac
  • Chuma Okeke
  • Robin Lopez
  • Jon Teske
  • Franz Wagner
  • Moritz Wagner

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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