Orlando Magic finish 2021-22 season dead last in Eastern Conference & 2nd worst record overall, but potential to improve with NBA Draft lottery pick

Create: Fri, 04/15/2022 - 09:49
Author: Sera King
Headline Surfer graphic / ABOVE: Cole Anthony, PG, led the 2021-22 Orlando Magic in scoring and assists, Wendell Carter Jr., C, in rebounds, Chuma Okeke, PF, in steals, and Mo Bamba, C, in blocks. BELOW: Jeff Weltman, the president of basketball operations, said the potential for the Magic to improve is based on continuing team personnel adjustments and the upcoming NBA Draft where Orlando has a top lottery pick.

By SERA KING / Headline Surfer

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Only the Houston Rockets finished with the worst record in the NBA this season with the Orlando Magic just ahead of them. But the Magic will have one of the top lottery picks in the upcoming NBA Draft. 

The Magic were 22-60, just two games better than the Western Conference Houston Rockets, which finished 20-62. The Magic were dead last in tje Eastern Conference.

The Magic had a slightly better record at home than on the road, but not by much. 

Orlando was 12-29 at Amway Arena and 10-31 and away from Amway.

The Magic last made the post-season in 2019-20, losing to the Milwaukee Bucks in five games in the opening round as the final seed. But the team was gutted at the NBA trading deadline last year: NBA SHOCKER: Orlando Magic trade All Star Nicola Vucevic to Chicago Bulls, Aaron Gordon to Denver Nuggets & Evan Fournier to Boston Celtics in biggest mid-season teardown in franchise history.

Jeff Weltman, president of Orlando Magic basketball operations, continues to preach patience to Magic fans, recognizing even the prize of getting a lottery pick in the NBA Draft, possibly the overall No. 1 draft selection, likely won't be enough to turn Orlando's's fortunes around next season.

Orlando Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman / Headline SurferJeff Weltman, president of Orlando Magic basketball operations, continues to preach patience to Magic fans, recognizing even the prize of getting a lottery pick in the NBA Draft, possibly the overall No. 1 draft selection, likely won't be enough to turn Orlando's's fortunes around next season.

“We’re not content, we’re not satisfied,” Weltman told Open Mike host Mike Bianchi on 96.9 FM's The Game earlier this week. “Our goals remain the same which are to develop these young guys. Everybody says you need stars in this league. sometimes stars don’t always reveal themselves instantly. We’ve had guys who had tremendous growth on this team. I think this team right now has tremendous potential. This is a young, young team with everything in front of it."

Weltman continued: “I don’t really think that we recalibrate our goals going into the season. We ramp them up. We challenge our guys to get better. From a team-building standpoint, we’ll look to add more.”

Weltman told Bianchi the Magic have the potential to get better, especially with the lottery pick, but nothing is guaranteed.

“There’s never a guarantee that you turn that corner,” Weltman said. “That’s always the risk. But there is also a risk in keeping a group together that doesn’t feel like it has the momentum to break through to another level. I believe that it’s all in the relationships, it’s all in the work, it’s all in the character of the players and the connectivity of the coaches to the players. Those are obviously elements we have our antenna up for.”

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Sera King bio / Headline SurferAbout the Byline Writer: Sera King is associate publisher of Headline Surfer, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet in Lake Mary, FL serving greater Orlando, Sanford, and Daytona Beach via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. She's also a byline writer (business, community & sports features), a videographer, and a cartoonist for the media outlet. King received her bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Metro Orlando Campus of Ana G. Mendez University in 2008. Headline Surfer is published by Henry Frederick, Central Florida's award-winning journalist.