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May 16

More on the failures of the Orlando Magic

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Via Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post:

It’s unfair to pin responsibility for the team’s offensive shortcomings on any one player, but I do think [Jason] Richardson has to go under the microscope a bit here. He averaged 19.3 points in just 31.8 minutes per game with the Phoenix Suns prior to the deals, shooting 41.9 percent from beyond the arc and 47.7 percent overall. Though he played more minutes with Orlando–34.9, to be precise–his productivity declined sharply, perhaps as a natural consequence of no longer having a point guard of Steve Nash’s caliber feeding him the ball. Richardson shot a good, but not great, 38.4 percent on threes and, worrisomely, just 43.3 percent from the field. Carter, thanks to his foul-drawing ability and improved accuracy on twos, actually scored more efficiently for Orlando than Richardson did this season.

[Gilbert] Arenas is another scapegoat of sorts, though I’m not sure what anyone might have expected a man coming off three knee surgeries in the last three years to accomplish in the smallest role he’s ever held at the professional level. He proved an unmitigated disaster offensively, shooting more often, per minute, than everyone on the team, but converting just 34.4 percent of his shots. He had the right idea when it came to pushing the pace in transition, but still made curious decisions in the halfcourt, resulting in his unacceptably high turnover rate of 19.3. And the poor decision-making also manifested itself in his shot selection.

Dunlap has been chronicling everything that went wrong for the Orlando Magic during the 2010-2011 season in a series of posts — here’s his take on Ryan Anderson and Brandon Bass failing in the playoffs after productive regular seasons.

The articles, though cringe-worthy, are honest assessments and worth the read.

2 comments
guest
guest

Chalk it up to SVG's less than ideal system, to put it mildly. This mirror's Rashard Lewis, who did not become a one-dimensional underachiever these last few years simply because of "bad luck".

It's quite obvious players such as Nelson, Lewis, Gortat, etc even Redick would've been more solid producers under the better coached offenses in this league. Another fallout is the devaluing of a player for when you need to make a trade. Richardson is effectively less valuable now than when we got him. Somehow, the Magic advertised Turkoglu's already declining game for everyone to see, stubbornly showcasing him when it has been obvious he's nowhere as effective as he used to be, his value is now abysmal.

Zach
Zach

J-Rich was an issue, but I don't think Nash was his biggest problem, I think it's lack of fast breaks. That really falls on Jameer and Turk they didn't really push the break. The one thing I can say that Arenas did was push the ball. J-Rich needs to have those spot up transition 3's or easy dunks. As far as Bass/Anderson go, Go Anderson or bust. Bass can't shoot the 3, isn't a particularly good rebounder or defender and stops the ball movement on offense. Bass in my eyes is a great backup 4. Not starter quality, doesn't bring the numbers/defense to constitute in the lack of length he brings. I believe Orlando can go away from the stretch 4 but Brandon Bass isn't the answer. Need somebody longer and a better defender/rebounder. If Orlando could pull it off I think Camby (if he'd want to play there) or Jason Thompson would be good fits.