Frank Vogel is going to be a great coach for this franchise. It’s just too bad his reign as the 12th Head Coach in Orlando Magic team history is off to a very sluggish start. The 43-year-old is already the owner of a not-so-great record: Worst points differential 2 games into a Magic coaching career.
With the 12-point loss in the home opener against Miami, and the 26-point loss in Detroit, that puts this ’16-’17 Magic squad at a -38 point differential two games in.
That dethrones Johnny Davis. Davis took over for Doc Rivers after he got canned with a 1-10 record to begin the eye-gouging 2003-2004 season. After two games and losses in the head chair, Davis’ team was at a -37 point differential.
So it’s not just you if you feel like this Magic season has oddly gotten off to a disastrous 0-2 beginning.
Rewinding a bit, the 12-point opening defeat for the Frank Vogel era was almost the worst for a Magic head coaching debut. Doc Rivers’ 1999-2000 Heart ‘N Hustle group lost by 14 points in Charlotte to open that campaign. That’s the worst point differential so far for a new Orlando coach.
Looking ahead, the Magic are in Cleveland on Saturday. I’m going to be pretty honest, it would take a minor miracle to beat the defending champion Cavaliers. The Magic are staring at an 0-3 start. Others to begin their Magic coaching career with that record and the point differentials:
- 2003-2004: Johnny Davis at -48 point differential (was 0-9 before first coaching win)
- 2015-2016: Scott Skiles at -9 point differential (won fourth game)
That’s it. In Brian Hill’s second head coaching stint in the 2005-2006 regular season, the Magic were also 0-3. That point differential was -29 before that squad won their 1st game in their fourth contest of that campaign. B-Hill’s team lost that first contest on November 2, 2005 at home against the Indiana Pacers by 12 points, tying Vogel’s opening night defeat. But since we’re not talking about B-Hill’s first stint as coach, the ’05-’06 days can’t technically be counted in this discussion.
Here’s to this current Magic bunch getting out of this funk very fast.