It will be hard not to look back on the Orlando Magic's 2012-13 campaign as being similar to an expansion season.
It certainly resembled one on paper.
From a roster filled with first- and second-year players, to far too many lopsided losses to count, and ironically the exact same 12-29 home record as in their inaugural season, the only thing that seemed missing in Year 1 of the post-Dwight Howard era was a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
A deluge of injuries also had a role in the stark regression following Howard's offseason departure. Still, following a league-worst 20-62 finish, in many ways the Magic go into the offseason viewing the year positively in regards to their on-going rebuilding process.
''We won 20 games, so I can't really give myself a pat on the back,'' general manager Rob Hennigan said Thursday regarding the state of the team. ''We feel good about how we're positioned for the future. We feel good about the players we have. But every man knows that we have a lot of wor...