The NBA Playoffs have moved to the conference semifinals and the real contenders for the championship have emerged. These are the teams that have the formula locked down that have the pieces to the puzzle figured out. Whether that gets them to the ultimate goal of winning a championship is something to be determined in the next month and a half.
There are certain things that each of these teams have in common. Certain types of role players that become necessary to winning a title.
The obvious thing that each of these teams have, with some exception, is a superstar player. The Heat have LeBron James. The Spurs have Tony Parker. The Warriors have Stephen Curry. And the Thunder have Kevin Durant.
These are all players that can change the game just by their very presence on the court. Orlando had that in Dwight Howard. And having one of these players makes life all the easier as Howard made even teams of also-rans relevant in the Playoff race.
Orlando is banking on the Draft at the moment to get that kind of a player. More specifically, the 2014 Draft since it does not seem that there is that franchise-altering player in this year's draft.
That does not mean the Magic should not be looking for or have found the pieces that will fit the final puzzle and vision Rob Hennigan sees.
Already, Orlando has some intriguing young players that could easily become part of the Magic's long-term plans if they continue on their upward trajectory.
So what are these secondary pieces, so to speak, the Magic could amass as they wait for their next superstar to really kickstart the drive back to a championship? When you look at the teams that are still left in the eyar there are several similarities.no comments