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The Rob Hennigan Project Makes Strides in Orlando 2.0: Orlando Magic Season Preview

Starting Five: PG Jameer Nelson, SG Aaron Afflalo, SF Moe Harkless, PF Glenn Davis, C Nikola Vucevic
Key bench players: SG/PG Victor Oladipo, SF/PF Tobias Harris, PF Andrew Nicholson, C Kyle O’Quinn, PG E’Twaun Moore
Notable offseason additions: Victor Oladipo (2nd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft)
Notable offseason subtractions: C Al Harrington, SF Hedo Turkoglu
FACT OR FICTION: One year removed from Dwight Howard’s departure from Orlando, it is clear that the Magic got the worst of the four-team, blockbuster trade of the 2012-2013 season.
“This deal stinks for the Magic. It’s great for the Lakers, though. Some things never change.”—Sports Illustrated
“The Magic traded the best player in a four-team swap and got the worst package. Amazing.”—SBNation
“They got the short end of the deal.”—ESPN
“Out of the four teams in this blockbuster, the Magic far and away come out the losers here…”—The Great Mambino
Those are obviously quotes from the Dwight Howard trade a year ago, including one from our very own KOBEsh on this blog. Now one year removed from the Dwightmare, it is clear that GM Rob Henningan was the winner in that transaction. The biggest moving pieces in the four team trade undoubtedly were Dwight Howard (who left the Lakers much worse off than the Magic), Andre Iguodala (who is now playing for Golden State), and Andrew Bynum (who not only doesn’t play for the Sixers anymore but also didn’t play a single game last year). Not only have the Magic acquired a core of young and talented players in that trade (as well as Tobias “Looks-like-a-chump-plays-like-a-champ” Harris in the lopsided JJ Redick deal), but they also will have a first round pick the following two years thanks to the Sixers and the Lakers. It is clear that Rob Henningan’s Sam Presti based rebuilding model is working. Slowly it surely, the plan is clearly in place in Orlando.… Read more...