The Orlando Magic are a team full of seeming contradictions. This is a team fighting for the playoffs but still a team trying to grow players. The team acts like the present matters (and it does) but is still more focused on a long-term vision and future.
The Magic’s best players are still incredibly young. Aaron Gordon, everyone has to remind themselves, is still just 24 years old. Jonathan Isaac, Mohamed Bamba and Markelle Fultz are each just 21. Even the veteran players are still south of 30 — Nikola Vucevic just turned 30 this year.