Gone is Dwight Howard. The Magic are going to go young to try to replace him in 2012-13. 21-year old Nikola Vucevic is the likely starting center for the Magic in 2012-13. He played in 51 games (15 starts) as a rookie for the 76ers last year and he averaged 15.9 minutes, 5.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game. If he gets 30 minutes per night in 2012-13, he could average around a double-double. 27-year old Gustavo Ayon will be Vucevic’s caddy in 2012-13. Ayon played in 54 games (24 starts) as a rookie for the Hornets last year and he averaged 20.1 minutes, 5.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steal per game. 22-year old rookie Kyle O’Quinn was a second round pick in last June’s NBA Draft. O’Quinn played in 129 games in his four years at Norfolk State and he averaged 27.5 minutes, 12.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 2.2 blocked shots per game.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CENTERS IN 2012-13: C