The Orlando Magic look to carry the momentum of last season’s performance into their 2019-2020 campaign, evident in the way that they have handled their offseason so far. Re-signing all-star Nikola Vucevic was perhaps the biggest part of their foundation, and they accomplished this in late June, to the tune of $90 million over the next four years. Terrence Ross is the other major piece to fall into place, and the precedent set by the Vucevic contract seems to indicate that the Magic are keen on re-signing Ross as well. In addition to resigning key players, Orlando Magic has also sought out new talent to create an impressive roster.
New Key Players
In the 2019 NBA Draft this past June, the Magic used their 16th pick in the first round to draft Chuma Okeke, a forward from Auburn University. This is a fairly normal pick for Orlando, who already have a handful of players on the roster who fill similar roles—notably, Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac. Okeke has been a standout player in his college career, shooting nearly 40% from the 3-point range and playing strong defense that should translate well to the NBA. Okeke is currently dealing with an ACL injury that he suffered in the NCAA Tournament this past March, but he should be able to recover and contribute at the professional level.
Orlando also added another key asset this summer, signing forward Al-Farouq Aminu to a three-year deal worth $29 million. Aminu averages 7.7 points/game over his career, but has been trending upwards in recent years, averaging closer to 9.5 points/game in his past 4 years with the Portland Trailblazers. The Magic hope to see similar production from him this coming season, assuming he can successfully slide into his role with the team.
Orlando Magic Fan Power
Of course, one of the most important aspects of Orlando’s success in the 2019-2020 season will be the support from the fans. While the schedule has yet to be released, there will be several home games each month where the fans will be out in full force to cheer on the boys in blue. Will you be here to watch Magic happen this season during your vacation? Consider staying at Rosen Inn International, conveniently located within minutes of downtown Orlando and the Amway Center, home court of the Orlando Magic. Book your stay today by clicking the button in the upper right corner or by calling (407) 996-1600.