Orlando Magic PR Lead: "We would like to thank everyone for coming out to our Season Preview Conference! Thank you all in attendance. We'll bring Head Coach Jeff Van Gundy to the podium as well as the players along with Magic General Manager Willyjakkz. After Coach Van Gundy gives us some insight on the players we will open the floor to questioning."
JVG: "Thank you for that introduction. I'll just say we look forward to this season with a group of talented players and firstly I'd like to acknowledge the veterans that chose to sign with us such as Isaiah Thomas, Nikolai Vucevic, Reggie Jackson, and Ryan Anderson who will be very important to us as well as the younger guys like Seth Curry, Caris LeVert, Josh Hart who we acquired last season, and our own 2nd round pick Wes Iwundu. I'll be brief about the starters etc then we can get into the questions. Thank you..."
G Donovan Mitchell
JVG: "When we found out Donovan Mitchell was available during this past draft we decided to move our pick to get him and no doubt we have been thrilled with his Training Camp and preseason performance as well. He put up efficient stats while adjusting to his new role as the lead guard for us and feel he did an outstanding job of scoring and facilitating."
GF Andrew Wiggins
JVG: "Andrew has been the staple of the offense and has been rock solid as a lead on our defensive side of the ball. He can score from anywhere on the floor and we feel this will be another great season from him especially with the type of offense we will now play in effect leading to more uptempo scoring opportunities for him."
SF Josh Jackson
JVG: "Josh is the type of player who can go out there and defensively shut down the opposing wing and also get easy steals and layups on the break. He loves to press guys for the entirety of the game and he can also spot up and knock down 3's for us which is an integral part of what we do."
FC Derrick Favors
JVG: "Derrick is a powerhouse and workhorse for us. He's a very solid vet who goes out there and performs at a high level but doesn't disrupt the offense. He'll rebound, defend, block shots, and do all of the dirty work without a complaint and still get his numbers. We are very fortunate to have him back this season."
C Joel Embiid
JVG: "With our offense shifting we are now able to truly feature Joel even moreso than before and he has been great this preseason. He got more touches and was also able to score more efficiently and effectively with our new acquisitions. We expect him to go out there and show why he was the Number 1 pick from a "gaudy stat perspective" and why we acquired him and Andrew to lead us to a championship."
C Hassan Whiteside
JVG: "How could we say "No" to gaining an elite rebounder and shot blocker like Hassan? We feel he will be a huge determining factor on how our season plays out and we look forward to him being able to become an important part of what we do."
F Robert Covington
JVG: "Robert is the quintessential glue guy who can come in and facilitate our offense while also having a huge impact on the defensive side of the ball. He spreads the floor for us and is a do it all player who continues to be a very very important part of our club."
Orlando Magic PR Lead: "Thank you Jeff, we will now take questions...."