The problem is T-Mac is playing awful. He has to put up big numbers for them to win. He has to average close to 28-29 points a game. Howard and Gooden can help get rebounds and maybe 10 or so each a game. But they can't lead the team anywhere.
Another problem is Grant Hill is using up too much of their money that they could use to get a good free agent to help them, instead they have to pay him to sit in a suit at the end of the bench and not play. He needs to stop being selfish, do what's best for the team and retire already, I know he might love the game, but his playing days are over...if he really loves the game then he will retire from the Magic, and ask to become an assistant coach for them or something.
Here's who they have starting: (this is another reason why they are facing difficulties)
Howard should be a PF, they are going to have major problems guarding teams that have big men. Gooden should be Howard's back up, this would give them depth. Garrity shouldn't be starting, but has to because of injuries, and Hill is stealing all their money that they could use on a good SF. T-Mac is the only person that should be staring or should be staring in that position. Lue should be a 2nd string pg, that's where he thrives.
So this season or next summer they really need to look for a starter at the following positions: C, SF, PG....if they got someone to fill each of those positions then they could be a serious contender for the finals, until then they are stuck in the first, maybe second round of the playoffs.
If they signed a few of the remaining free agents, then they could be a lot better this season.
Rod Strickland-would give them a good starting pg, and would improve their bench by allowing Lue to come off it
A. Mason, Caffey, or Oakley-they would be a good power forward addition to a team that lacks decent big men
Cherokee Parks-could play center for them
Walt Williams or DerMarr Johnson-a small forward that plays...what a concept, either of these guys would be an improvement of what they now have
Isaiah Rider-last I check this guy could still score, something ORL will need a lot of this year, if they could over look his attitude and problems he brings, then he could be a very good addition