It's been a while since the Orlando Magic were one of the teams to beat in the NBA and truth to be told, other than Shaquille O'Neal, Penny Hardaway, Tracy McGrady, and Dwight Howard, they haven't had many superstars to brag about.
One of the main reasons why this team always seems to struggle is because of the fact that they give up on their good players to quickly, as they trade them away as soon as they have the chance to and it looks like they're going through a never-ending rebuilding process.
But, how would they fare if they had decided to keep their players instead? Why if Dwight Howard hadn't pushed a trade out to the Los Angeles Lakers? would they be in a position to contend? Let's take a look at the great starting five they could've had if they kept the players they drafted:
Guard - Victor Oladipo
The Orlando Magic took Victor Oladipo with the 2nd overall pick back in 2013. It took him a while, but he became one of the league's best two-way players. However, they didn't trust him enough as their franchise player and traded him away.
Oladipo struggled mightily at Orlando, first playing as a point guard, then coming off the bench. Now, he's the clear leader of the young Indiana Pacers. He's a great backcourt stopper, led the league in steals and even made it to the All-Star Game.
Guard - JJ Redick
JJ Redick was the 11th overall pick back in the 2006 NBA Draft, but he left the team following six seasons, as he just wasn't getting enough playing time and touches to prove he could be one of the best three-point shooters in the history of the game.
Notably, Redick has never missed the playoffs throughout his career, so perhaps his presence is a bit of a lucky charm. Also, his outstanding three-point shooter and ability to find the open guy would be quite welcome for the Magic right now.
Forward - Aaron Gordon
Aaron Gordon made it to the league as the 4th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft as the most athletic player of his class, bringing a lot of experience with Team USA as well. However, it took him a while to actually make an impact on the team.
Gordon is an athletic freak of nature that can score at will below the rim. He's got unlimited hops, has developed a nice shooting stroke, and is an underrated defender as well. He's still pretty young, so the upside is definitely there.
Forward - Domantas Sabonis
The Orlando Magic took Domantas Sabonis with the 11th overall pick in 2016, but immediately sent him to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now, he's one of the most efficient scorers in the post, an underrated passer, and a huge part of the Pacers' project.
Sabonis can score in bunches and dominate both sides of the glass. He has a nice shooting stroke but needs to be encouraged to take that shot more often. Also, he needs to put some work in the defensive end, but he's vastly talented.
Center - Dwight Howard
Early on his career, Dwight Howard became the most dominant big man in the league. He was a nightmare below the rim as a top-tier shot blocker and a guy that was just never going to miss on an offensive rebound regardless of who was guarding him.
Needless to say, he's not the same player he used to be, nor the competitor we all hoped he'd become. Still, he's one of the most talented and athletic centers this game has ever seen, and while people may not like him as a person, he'll definitely be in the Hall of Fame.