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Orlando Magic

Summary

Keon Weise was named the head athletic trainer for the Magic prior to the 2010-11 season. During this time, the Magic have lost the 10th fewest total number of games to injury in the NBA. Last year was more of the same as Weise and his staff minimized significant injuries and emerged as one of the top-rated teams in the Eastern Conference.

Veteran Jodie Meeks was the only Magic player to miss more than 18 games to injury, doing so on two separate occasions. He started the season sidelined after offseason surgery to address a lingering problem with his previously fractured 5th metatarsal. He went on to miss 19 games recovering, only to miss additional time after with a thumb dislocation. This injury would also require surgery and cost him an additional 25 games.

The 2017-18 season has started off smoother with the team successfully managing a handful of minor injuries. A broken hand for Adreian Payne has been the only significant setback, though the former Minnesota forward is not on the primary roster after signing a two-way contract. If the Orlando medical team can build on the nice start, the team could progress forward under a new front office.