If there’s one thing teams are learning about the Orlando Magic during Summer League play in Las Vegas, it’s that the young up and coming club will have plenty of length to defend against anyone. Last year’s first round pick Jonathan Isaac, who spent most of his time last season with the Orlando’s minor league affiliate, the Lakeland Magic, will see plenty of floor time with the club this fall.

Isaac, who stands at 6-foot-10 and has a lanky frame being only 210 pounds, his wingspan on the perimeter can bother even the game’s best shooters. Throw in the addition of this year’s first round pick Mo Bamba, who is 7-foot and was well known for his shot blocking abilities at the University of Texas, and the Orlando Magic now seemingly have a formidable defensive unit they can throw onto the floor at any time.

It will be up to first year coach Steve Clifford, who comes over after several years being the lead man with the Charlotte Hornets, to put it altogether for the Magic and he’ll certainly have a capable group of young talent to work with. Add in youthful players like shooting guard Evan Fournier, power forward Aaron Gordon and newly acquired point guard Jerian Grant and Orlando looks to be on the come up in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.

There’s no denying with LeBron James leaving the Eastern Conference and heading over to the Western Conference’s Los Angeles Lakers that the former of the conferences now seemingly is up for grabs. Though Orlando doesn’t have any illusions of being a conference title contender in just one season, having some key two-way building blocks in Jonathan Isaac and Mo Bamba definitely points the needle in the right direction for the Magic. Training camp for the 2018-2019 season is just a couple months away and the Magic are heading in the right direction in terms of a quick turnaround.

About The Author

Andy Villamarzo has covered high school and youth sports for the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune as a correspondent since 2008. He is a native of Holiday, FL, who graduated from Gulf High School and studied at St. Petersburg College. He has covered various prep, collegiate and professional athletes throughout his writing career, including Josh Johnson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) and currently writes for other publications like The Suncoast News, Friday Night Football Magazine and TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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