It’s no secret around the National Basketball Association about the rumors that are swirling about the future of Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel. In just his second season as the club’s head coach, many view his tenure in Orlando to be likely coming to an end as the Magic limp to the finish line of the 2017-2018 campaign.
Yes, it may be unfair to pin entirely all the blame on Vogel’s lack of success all to him but with some up and coming talent on the Magic, many wonder how the team took a nose dive to winning less than 30 games this NBA season. Injuries to key players like Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon throughout the season haven’t helped Orlando’s cause but there’s plenty of examples around the association of teams losing key guys and still winning games.
The Boston Celtics for one, with the organization losing prizes free agent acquisition Gordon Hayward on opening night due to a gruesome leg injury that’s kept him out the entire regular season. With Kyrie Irving’s bagging knee injury also being in the way, Brad Stevens has guided the C’s to the Eastern Conference’s No. 2 best record at 52-23.
Golden State has lost many of its top players throughout the season due to a myriad of injuries, but have still managed to stay atop the NBA’s upper echelon. Now not to confuse Orlando with either Boston or Golden State, but the Magic were expected to at the very least be in the hunt for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
Instead, Frank Vogel and crew currently sit at 22-54 and second to last place just one game ahead of the lowly Atlanta Hawks. Orlando at this point hopes to nab the No. 1 pick of this year’s talented NBA Draft but the Magic weren’t looking to notch the top pick when the season began.
It may not be Vogel’s fault for all of the Magic’s inconsistencies throughout the season, but he may end up taking the fall for what has been nothing but a disappointing season for Orlando and it’s fans.