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Aug 25

Fact or Fiction Returns to Magic Basketball

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Last year around this time, I introduced a feature at Orlando Pinstriped Post — then known as Third Quarter Collapse — called “Fact or Fiction.”

For those that watch, or have watched, ESPN regularly on television, the premise is very simple — a statement is made about something (ex: the Orlando Magic will win the Eastern Conference this season), arguments and counter-arguments are given, then viewers decide on their own if they agree with one side or the other.

Since it was a popular segment at OPP, I wanted to conduct the same series at Magic Basketball as the beginning of training camp creeps closer.

The focus of the posts will be on the Magic, of course.

For today, I’m going to give the floor to you, the readers, so that y’all can come up with statements that you’d like to see analyzed. I only ask that the comment or e-mail you submit is in the form of a statement, as shown in my example.

Have at it!

Next week on September 1, the festivities begin.

10 comments
Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

Thanks for the submissions, everyone!

anders
anders

Ryan Anderson will win the NBA's Most Improved Player award.

Brad
Brad

Fact of fiction: 1) We can win an NBA championship with our current roster, 2) We can win an NBA championship with Jameer Nelson as our starting point guard, or 3) Vince Carter is untradeable.

Billy (slickw143)
Billy (slickw143)

Fact or fiction: Jameer Nelson will actually play in the All-Star game this year.

mentalmagic
mentalmagic

The Orlando Magic will show that the "4-1 offense" and a more traditional style can co-exist by using each at the correct time to exploit the other team's weakness.

Bob
Bob

Fact or Fiction: Q Rich is as good defensively as Matt Barnes.

Fact or Fiction: Vince Carter's expiring contract is the Magic's best opportunity to upgrade the wing position with a high quality player (go to guy) for the future.

Fact or Fiction: Brandon Bass is better defensively and better rebounder than Ryan Anderson.

Fact or Fiction: Marcin Gortat is overpaid.

Victor
Victor

Dwight Howard will average 100 points against the Heat (well, let's say 30) because apparently the Heat won't try to double team him on every possession and will let him go off 1 on 1.

Thomas
Thomas

Marcin Gortat, Brandon Bass, and Vince Carter will all finish this season in a Magic uniform.

Neither Daniel Orton nor Stanley Robinson will appear in a game this season.

The Magic and Heat will split the regular season series.

Greg
Greg

Fact or Fiction: The Magic need to shift Rashard Lewis to the SF position and run a "more traditional" scheme if they want to be able to advance to the NBA Finals and win.

Fact or Fiction: We're going to see an improvement from Vince Carter as a result of being in his second year of Stan Van Gundy's system. (Same thing for Brandon Bass).

Fact or Fiction: Dwight Howard wins MVP.

Fact or Fiction: People are only bringing up concerns about chemistry for the Miami Heat because they can't find another way that this team is beatable.

Ezy
Ezy

Redick will be the starting SG by the time playoffs begin.