Howard was traded to Los Angeles last August. Gone too in offseason trades are power forward Ryan Anderson and shooting guard Jason Richardson, which means the Magic are without three of the four top scorers from last season.
In fact, the only holdovers from last year's regular season rotation are guards Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick and forwards Glen "Big Baby" Davis and Hedo Turkoglu.
Throw in rookie head coach Jacque Vaughn, who brings a new style of play, and it's easy to understand why no one knows how the season will unfold.
(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)