Sometimes, sports can be very underwhelming. People seem to root for the underdog more than they root for the teams and athletes that are actually better.
There's something about an underdog that captivates those that are unexceptional.
That may sound a little bit rude, but in a way its true. Just look at March Madness. Everyone always roots for the underdog story because it represents the little guy taking down the juggernauts. And while that's all awesome in it's own right, it ends up taking away from the better teams displaying a better brand of basketball for the world.
With a handful of better teams sitting behind the Orlando Magic, none of it matters now as they have clinched a playoff spot. Thus wasting a position in the playoffs that a better team or a team with better athletes could have had.
First of all, "congratulations" to the Orlando Magic on clinching their first playoff berth since 2012. Their fans are ecstatic and finally have a chance to enjoy some playoff basketball again.
But honestly, besides their fans, absolutely nobody wants to watch them in the playoffs. Whoever they end up matching up against will surely destroy them in four games. Best case scenario for the Magic is that they pull out a miracle in a game at home just to lose in five.
Maybe that's all they want. Just an opportunity to be respected and seen as a "playoff" team. Playoff sits in quotations because those bottom three seeds in the Eastern Conference shouldn't really be respected as such. As the current standings look with less than a week to go in the season, it's highly possible that all three of those teams will get into the playoffs without a winning record.
We can't blame them for this, the way the conferences are split up allows for a few teams who have no business in the playoffs get in. Teams with better records and better teams such as the Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Los Angeles Lakers would have easily made the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.
But it is what it is, as they say, and it can't be changed. So what can we look forward too with this Magic team?
Their head coach Steve Clifford deserves a lot of respect for this season. He has had a very underwhelming group of players come together and play well towards the end of the season. Big wins over the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics allowed them to play their way into the playoffs.
They have an All-Star in Nikola Vucevic, who is averaging a double-double on the season with 20.8 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 79% from the free throw line. He has been paired with fellow big man in Jonathan Isaac, who has made great strides in the defensive end as the season has progressed.
Their starting point guard is DJ Augustin, who finds himself in the playoffs for the fourth time in his career. He leads the team in assists with 5.2 per game, and just so y'all know thats not great. Evan Fournier is his counterpart in the backcourt. There's not much to say about this guy, but don't look up his last name on Google pictures.
If you're bored by now, you are not to be blamed. This team has little to nothing to offer. One cool thing about them is that they have one of the best dunkers in the NBA in Aaron Gordon. He should be good for a highlight or two in their four games in the playoffs.
Terrance Ross has been their "Clutch Guy" who seemingly comes in and hits big shots whenever they've needed them. But the best thing that has come from their roster this season is drafting Mo Bamba and having Sheck Wes make a major banger in his honor.
Listen, these guys stand no chance in the playoffs against any opponent. They are the worst team in the playoffs hands down, unless somehow the Charlotte Hornets sneak in.
Usually, we're pretty optimistic here at Under The Irrelevance and we usually can find the good in just about any situation. But these guys don't deserve to be a playoff team, and that's all there is to it.
But hey Orlando, you guys made the playoffs. Good job or whatever on your mediocre season that will result in a four game sweep in the playoffs. You'll never be better than this if you continue to root for an underdog squad, so more power to you.
Magicians are mostly phony, and so are the Orlando Magic.
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