When the Dwight Howard saga started in Orlando, few thought the Magic would walk away from it with anything less than a king’s ransom.
Nobody predicted they would be dealt a steaming pile of elephant dung for the best center in professional basketball.
What the Magic turned into after that trade was a team the Bobcats could compete with and possibly win a season series against.
At point guard, Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions will beat Jamier Nelson and Orlando’s mismatched options at back up PG like Ishmael Smith, E’Twaun Morre and Armon Johnson.
Gerald Henderson and Ben Gordon against Aaron Afflalo and J.J. Redick will be a fun position battle to watch this year and it will probably even out as a push when the season’s over.
Even though the Magic are loaded at small forward with guys like Al Harrington and rookies Moe Harkless and Andrew Nicholson, but I’d still take my chances with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeffrey Taylor defending them. Another probable push, but the Bobcats could win this one.
At power forward, the Magic win by default. There might not be a worse set of PFs in the league than the crew the Bobcats will send out to the court on a daily basis. Plus, Glenn Davis is probably going to be the face of that franchise next year.
Finally, at center, the Bobcats finally have a team they can use Brendan Haywood to push around. The Magic will play three guys at center, even though they don’t technically have a true five on their roster.
The seven-foot Nikola Vucevic is the biggest guy the Magic can throw at Charlotte, but Glenn Davis and Gustavo Ayon will see time at the position as well.
If there’s any team in the league the Bobcats have a chance to beat on a consistent basis, it’s the Magic.