Last season was a breath of fresh air for the Orlando Magic as drafting center Dwight Howard with the number one overall pick a few years ago finally paid off and the franchise was able to get back to the NBA Finals.
Everyone was on the Cleveland Cavaliers bandwagon last season as no one thought any team in the Eastern Conference could get the best of LeBron James and company in the playoffs. The Cavs were dominant on their home floor all season long and at times they just looked like they couldn’t be beaten.
Even though this was the consensus around the league, Dwight Howard and company believed in their squad and absolutely dominated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals and advanced to the NBA Finals against the eventual NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.
Coming into this NBA season the Orlando Magic had a chip on their shoulder as they believed they were the best all around team in the league. Unfortunately, the Cavs became the number one overall seed in the East once again and the Magic will have an uphill battle for the second straight year.
Despite being the second seed in the Eastern Conference heading into the playoffs, the Orlando Magic might have one of the easiest paths to the second round as they face the inexperienced Charlotte Bobcats in the first round.
All season long the Charlotte Bobcats have exceeded expectations with future hall of fame head coach Larry Brown calling the shots on the sidelines. This isn’t a surprise for Brown as he has been able to do this with multiple NBA franchises during his career, but it was a surprise for the rest of the league as the Bobcats have been arguably one of the worst teams in the league ever since the team was created.
Along with heading into the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, the Charlotte Bobcats went through some other drastic changes throughout the season by getting a new owner in hall of famer Michael Jordan and brining in scoring machine Stephen Jackson from the Golden State Warriors via trade.
Fortunately, the gamble to bring in Jackson and allowing North Carolina native Jordan to buy the team has been nothing, but a step in the right direction. As a result, the Bobcats are in the playoffs and the future looks bright in Charlotte.
Even though everything seems to be heading in the right direction for the Charlotte Bobcats, I believe they will be going home earlier than expected as I can’t see them winning even a single game in this series with the Orlando Magic.
The Bobcats have one thing going for them right now as they are arguably one of the best home teams in the league, but the Magic just have too many weapons and are extremely tough to contain. Charlotte might be able to give Dwight Howard and company a run for their money on their home floor, but ultimately the Magic will advance 4-0 in my opinion.