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Oct 10

Thursday’s Magic Word

  • Sean Fennessey of Grantland is excited about Victor Oladipo: “He is a treasure to watch; he appears to be driving himself insane on every possession, consumed by the need to be ubiquitous. He is Ed Reed and Benedict Cumberbatch and a frothing roadrunner all rolled into one.”
  • What’s the best-case scenario for the Orlando Magic this season? Ben Golliver of The Point Forward has the answer: “Orlando strikes lottery gold for the fourth time in franchise history, earning the right to select Andrew Wiggins (or anyone else who strikes its fancy).”
  • Here are the game-day storylines in advance of the Magic’s preseason tilt with the Cleveland Cavaliers tomorrow at Amway Center.
  • Tracy McGrady, who will be honored by the Magic on November 1 against the New Orleans Pelicans in the home opener, looks back fondly at his tenure in Orlando.
  • Orlando lost to the Pelicans in last night’s preseason opener, but Oladipo played well in front a bevy of Hall of Famers — Julius Erving, Rick Barry, George Gervin, Artis Gilmore and David Thompson.
  • John Denton of details Andrew Nicholson’s offseason improvements: “Not only are his arms and chest noticeably bigger, but Nicholson’s frame going from 234 pounds to 248 pounds better allows him to hold his position when posting up or defending down low. And a jump shot that was fairly reliable from 17 feet last season has now been extended to 23 feet, allowing him to make the first 3-pointer of his NBA career in Wednesday’s exhibition opener against the New Orleans Pelicans.”
  • Tobias Harris is listed as one of 13 breakout power forward candidates.
  • The Magic are interested in having a D-League team in Jacksonville.
  • Not only is Nicholson is expanding his game offensively, but he’s looking to get better as a rebounder and defender.
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn experimented with his playing rotation during his team’s preseason opener Wednesday night, playing Kyle O’Quinn at power forward alongside Nik Vucevic at center. In the game’s first five minutes, O’Quinn committed three personal fouls, while Vucevic had one. Vucevic finished with 17 points and nine rebounds, while O’Quinn had four points and three rebounds.”