The Orlando Magic's 2012-13 season will be remembered as a transitional year.
After five consecutive winning seasons, the franchise started a massive rebuilding project led by a new general manager and a new coach and featuring a revamped roster.
Here's a look at the good, the bad and the ugly.
The 5 best wins
1. On Dec. 2, in their first game against Dwight Howard, the Magic beat the Los Angeles Lakers 113-103 at Staples Center. The victory generated enormous goodwill from Magic fans and provided a significant morale boost for the entire organization.
2. One night later, the Magic avoided an emotional letdown and downed the Golden State Warriors, an eventual playoff team, 102-94 in Oakland.
3. The Magic defeated the Denver Nuggets 102-89 on the Magic's opening night. The victory gave the Magic momentum.
4. On Jan. 12, Orlando snapped a 10-game losing streak when they upset the Los Angeles Clippers 104-101 in L.A.
5. On April 10, the Magic beat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-103 in overtime after Tobias Harris sank a game-tying 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining in regulation.
The 5 worst losses
1. On March 12, the Lakers beat the Magic 106-97 at Amway Center as Howard made 25 of 39 free-throw attempts. The 39 free-throw attempts tied his own NBA record.
2. The Magic fell at home to the lowly Toronto Raptors 123-88 in late December.
3. The Magic's 107-68 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 9 was Orlando's most lopsided loss of the season.
4. On Feb. 4, the Philadelphia 76ers routed the Magic 78-61 in Philly as Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, Glen Davis and Arron Afflalo missed the game with injuries.
5. The Boston Celtics dominated the Magic 120-88 in Orlando on April 13.
The 5 best individual performances
1. Nik Vucevic scored 20 points and grabbed a franchise-record 29 rebounds in the Magic's 112-110 overtime loss to the Miami Heat on New Year's Eve.
2 (tie). In the win over the Lakers, Afflalo scored 30 points and added five rebounds and five assists, while Davis scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Nelson added 19 points and 13 assists.
5 (tie). Redick made several crucial plays down the stretch of the Jan. 12 win over the Clippers. On Feb. 26, in his first game back from a knee issue, Al Harrington made key fourth-quarter contributions in a 98-84 win over Philly.
The 5 key points in the season
1. Davis' left-shoulder dislocation set off an unwelcome chain reaction. On Dec. 19, the night he was injured, the Magic were 12-13. They went 8-49 and struggled on defense after that.
2. The Feb. 21 six-player trade with the Milwaukee Bucks accelerated the team's youth movement and yielded Harris, a high-upside player, as Redick, a fan favorite, was traded away.
3. The Magic lost 12 consecutive games from Jan. 18 through Feb. 8, a stretch that included Davis' season-ending foot fracture on Jan. 30.
4. From March 12 on, Orlando posted a 2-16 record.
5. From Dec. 2-Dec. 19, the Magic went 7-3.
The 5 most positive developments
1. Vucevic exceeded everyone's expectations, even his own, as he scored 13.1 points per game and finished with 11.9 rebounds per game, the league's second-highest rebounding average.
2. Maurice Harkless made significant improvements during his rookie season.
3. The Magic finished the season with the league's top chance to win the draft lottery.
4. Coach Jacque Vaughn and his staff kept a positive attitude, which maintained team morale.
5. Harris played well after his trade to the Magic.
The 5 most negative developments
1. The Magic recorded the second-highest loss total in franchise history.
2. The team received a black eye when Hedo Turkoglu tested positive for an anabolic steroid.
3. Although the Magic will have at least a top-four draft pick, this draft is widely considered to be a weak draft.
4. Magic players lost a total of 205 games to injuries.
5. The Magic had sold-out 131 consecutive regular-season games before this past season, but recorded just eight sellouts in 2012-13.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun