Their expectations are high but not high enough. The Carter-Alston trade weakened their defense which was the reason they made the Finals last year. They also traded away Courtney Lee who was a pretty good defender and good scorer. They won't make it past the semifinals this upcoming season. Now, Detroit Pistons are back in the mix in the East with the additions of Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva. The Magic will be a high caliber team but they're are other teams that are better like the Cavaliers and Celtics. I know Cavs lost to the Magic, but they won't meet in the playoffs. I personally, don't like the Vince Carter trade though. They lose a huge part of their defense and they also get older. They also lost Hedo which was a main part of their offense and the Carter-Alston trade wasn't the answer to Hedo not coming back. The Magic will be a 3 or 4 seed next year and lose in the semifinals to the Celtics.
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Top 4 teams in the East
1. Cleveland Cavaliers- ThaCritic's prediction: The Finals
2. Boston Celtics- Eastern Conf. Finals
3. Orlando Magic- Semifinals
4. Detroit Pistons- Semifinals