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It is no surprise that there would not be much national interest in the Orlando Magic right now.
The team lacks a true star to attract eyeballs and attention, it will not be winning a ton of games this year (sorry, Glen Davis) and its coach is still developing the identity and culture he wants to build for the franchise.
All that creates a lot of uncertainty for the League Pass-viewing public. As much as they want to see Victor Oladipo, he is not (yet) a draw on his own and Maurice Harkless and Tobias Harris are nice but not sure things quite yet.
Last year, as the season approached, watchability rankings came out and the Magic were at or near the bottom. Too many veterans and unknown young players to be worth the time it seemed. And while the Magic played hard at the beginning of the season and were surprisingly entertaining, those predictions proved to be correct until the Magic totally and completely embraced the youth on the roster.
With that in mind, the growth and development of this roster will be an intriguing storyline. At least more intriguing than it was last year with some more known commodities.
That is why the Magic have climbed a bit in "watchability." USA TODAY's Sean Highkin ranks the Magic No. 26 in the league in terms of watchability. With a lot of losses and growing pains likely to come, and flashes of the rewards, it is hard to argue with the ranking:
There are a handful of players on the Magic roster who are fun to watch on an individual level, but look elsewhere if you're concerned with wins and losses. After all, you can't put yourselves in a position to land a talent like [Andrew] Wiggins without bottoming out.
Remember, this is for a national audience. We will be watching the Magic each and every day because we are cool like that.
Orlando is scheduled for just one national television appearance and it will come earlier in the season. Nobody is expecting much from the Magic and it still feels like the team does not have the centerpiece player to begin really rebuilding around.
That spells this year as another foundational season and another long slog through the 82 game schedule.
We will be watching it all though.no comments