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Orlando Magic Playoff Run 'Definitely Possible,' Says Franz Wagner

"I think that's definitely possible," Franz Wagner said when asked about the Orlando Magic making the postseason.

ORLANDO - The Orlando Magic hopes to snap a four-year playoff drought this season, and the team believes it has a legitimate chance to do so.

"I think that's definitely possible," Franz Wagner said when asked about the Magic making the postseason. "I think everybody should think like that and try to get the most out of themselves. And I think if we do that and go day by day, and the season is so long, I don't think it makes sense to look too far ahead. So if we do go day by day, I think our talent is we have a really deep team and can have a really successful year."

The Magic finished with a 34-48 record last season, a 12-win improvement from the previous year. A similar step in the right direction would get the team over .500 with a great chance to crack the postseason picture.

Orlando hopes that the natural progression of the roster and the chemistry the team has built over the past few years will help get the team over the hump and into the playoffs.

Franz Wagner

Orlando Magic forward Franz Wagner

In order to get to the postseason, the Magic will have to finish better than five teams in the Eastern Conference. 

It's safe to say that the Magic will likely be better than the Washington Wizards this season after they jettisoned Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis this offseason. The Charlotte Hornets are another team the Magic is expected to be better than as they look to navigate through a rebuild as well.

It may also be safe to argue that the Magic could finish better than teams like the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers, two teams in a similar place to that of Orlando, hoping to improve from the year before and make a big jump.

That leaves just one more team for the Magic to be better than in order to make the postseason. There's reason to believe that teams like the Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls may regress from last season, and the Magic would have a chance to jump into those slots to make the playoffs.

However, like Wagner said, it ultimately comes down to what the Magic does within its own team ... and if Orlando improves, the standings will take care of itself.