Magic at a glance

Updated: October 26, 2004, 12:50 PM ET
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Fantasy tip
Dwight Howard
The Franchise and Mobley are big-time fantasy contributors. Looking for a sleeper? Try rook Dwight Howard.

Orlando had the league's worst record last season. Ancient history.

Stevie Francis has a new franchise to lead, and will put up plenty of points. But he could get frustrated if things go south early.

Grant Hill is the X-factor. He's played 47 games the past four seasons. If Hill can stay on the court and provide the near triple-double average of his (distant) past, the magic in Orlando will be a playoff berth.

Roster analysis
The starters: Athletic group will put up points. Can they stop the other guys?
Pos. Player Comment Grade*
PF Dwight Howard In HS, earned comparisons to Garnett. This ain't HS 6
SF Grant Hill We'll believe this when we see it. We hope to see it 7
C Kelvin Cato Can block shots. Can't do much else 6
SG Cuttino Mobley Came over with his partner-in-crime 7
PG Steve Francis Orlando looks sunny after playing for Van Gundy 9
BENCH Pat Garrity and Hedo Turkoglu can stretch defenses with their shooting. Tony Battie can bang low. Keith Bogans can run the O, but is rook Jameer Nelson better? 7
*-out of 10