The Magic improved their win total for the fourth straight year though the playoffs again remained out of reach. Head coach Scott Skiles stepped down in the offseason, paving the way for Frank Vogel. The front office continued to look for ways to improve, trading for Serge Ibaka and signing Bismack Biyombo. They resigned Evan Fournier and will hope the team can continue to develop under Vogel.
Aiding the development will be head athletic trainer Keon Weise and the Orlando medical staff. Last season the team did a successful job minimizing impactful injuries as CJ Watson and Nikola Vucevic were the only two Magic players to miss more than nine games to injury. As a result the team finished below the league average for games missed for the fifth time in Weise’s six years at the helm.
Unfortunately Orlando starts the year with one significant injury already working against their total. Veteran guard Jodie Meeks underwent his second surgery on his fractured fifth metatarsal just weeks after being acquired from Detroit. He’s not expected back until December at the earliest.