- Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel: “The Orlando Magic announced the signing of power forward Malik Allen on Thursday, rounding out the Magic’s current roster at 15 players. Terms of Allen’s deal aren’t disclosed, but the contract certainly won’t be guaranteed past training camp. Allen is most likely just a training camp body. Allen, a 6-foot-10 journeyman who has played with seven teams over his nine-year NBA career, appeared in 51 games with Denver last season. He traditionally plays power forward — a position the Magic are overloaded at — so it’s safe to assume he’ll need some help (injury, trade, etc.) to make Orlando’s regular-season roster.”
- Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “Allen is primarily a jump-shooter; Synergy Sports Technology classifies two-thirds of his shot attempts as jumpers, converting them at a 40.8 percent clip. Due to his lack of lift and poor touch, he is well below par as a finisher at the basket, converting just 11 of his 25 shots at point-blank range, according to HoopData. As I wrote this morning, whomever the Magic invite to camp will face long odds to actually make the team. That seems especially true for Allen, who would clearly be the team’s seventh big man to use only in case of emergency. But he is regarded as a hard worker and a good locker-room presence, which works in his favor. In case you’re curious, Allen will wear uniform no. 35.”
- Royce Young of CBSSports.com talks about flopping in the NBA.
- Dwight Howard is, apparently, dealing with a little domestic trouble.
- Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk sets the record straight on newly-acquired Malik Allen: “Allen was not particularly impressive in Denver, so it is a little interesting that the Magic went with the veteran rather than a youngster they could bring along and develop. Then again, this is a veteran team who wants a ring, so Allen may be a better locker room fit. Either way, he’s in.”
- If there was a new expansion team in the NBA, which Magic players would they take?
- Tom Haberstroh of ESPN Insider takes a look at the worst five players for every NBA franchise. The criteria was that “a player needed to have played at least 10 minutes per contest over the course of at least 100 career games with the franchise.” The lucky winners for Orlando were Greg Kite, Jeff Turner, Anthony Avent, Gerald Wilkins, and Mark Acres.
- More positional analysis from Haberstroh at Hardwood Paroxysm: “Pretty much all point guards feature a long two game. The most long-two resistant point guard last year was Chris Duhon and even he took more than the typical center did. Gotta have that pull-up jumper to keep the defender honest off the dribble.”
- Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie with a must-read article about blogs: “The idea behind a blog, as vague a term as it is in September of 2010 is still valid. Still brilliant. Still worth getting giddy over. It’s the idea that writers can put things into the machine, and have their work pop out without much editorial stank in the way. This isn’t always a good thing. This isn’t often a good thing. But it’s changed things. It’s the idea that writers can speak in a voice that wasn’t handed down to them by Medill or Mizzou or ages of journalistic how-tos muddling and mixing and creating an unremarkable beast out of what was once a talented and of-him/herself writer. The idea that I can toss out a 43-word sentence like the one you just struggled through, and not have it be covered in red ink a day and a half later.”