The Magic are a ship lost at sea. They have a good coach who has turned a young and jammed roster into a great defensive team, but one that still struggles on offense. Their best young player (Aaron Gordon) is playing out of position (at small forward). There are two starting caliber centers, a point guard whose performance vacillates wildly and very little in the way of shooters.
Still, their front office is full of hope. Magic CEO Alex Martins recently said that he thinks the team will win a title, sometime in the next 14 years.
"I certainly believe by 2030 we will have won at least one championship," Martins said. "And I say 'at least.' I firmly believe we're going to get there and once you get there, you got the kind of team that hopefully can come back.:"
"I believe we will have won a championship."
That is such an odd statement. What are the odds Martins will be with the team in 14 years? The Magic have a relatively stable front office, but that's a long time to be in the same position, let alone with a sports team, one Martins has been with since 2005. He was clearly asked about 2030 in the column; he gives several other "by 2030" predictions, but forecasting a championship in that window is tough.
Think about the fact that by 2025, Aaron Gordon will be a 12-year veteran, Elfrid Payton in his 13th season. This core could be long gone and the veterans will be retired. They're at least five years away currently, barring some sort of Black Swan event where they either draft, sign or develop one of the league's top five players. So that's out.
But hey, at least the guy's confident. Glass half-full and all that. The Magic (10-15) are riding a three-game skid after a 121-113 loss to Denver on Saturday.