Grades: New Orleans Pelicans 101, Orlando Magic 82 | Magic Basketball



Oct 25

Grades: New Orleans Pelicans 101, Orlando Magic 82

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New Orleans Pelicans 101 Final
Recap | Box Score
82 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
5-7 FG | 1-3 FT | 1 BLK | 7 REB | 10 PTS | 0

He gobbled up boards, played solid defense, and hit three high-arcing jumpers. One area he’ll need to improve in is screening. He didn’t have the ball in his hands a lot, but he was the focal point of the Magic offense. Almost every possession began with a few different perimeter players coming off Vucevic screens, but those screens didn’t do much to create space.

Victor Oladipo
2-9 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | 0

Oladipo struggled with Jrue Holiday’s pressing defense all night long, and his left hand was exposed as being much weaker than his right. He still had great burst getting to the basket, although he wasn’t the most consistent finisher there. He was a bit eager to split the trap on the pick-and-roll, which didn’t allow the play to fully develop and make the screener an option.

Manny Harris
5-11 FG | 1-4 3P | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 12 PTS | -9

Manny Harris did everything he could to try to earn a roster spot in what may be his last chance at impressing the coaches and front office. He showcased a nice burst and individual scoring ability, but wasn’t the most organized when it came to running the team offense. He was solid on defense because of his size, and somehow recorded two blocks.

Romero Osby
2-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -2

Osby seemed like the leader for Orlando’s 15th roster spot, but he got waived after the game. Against the Pelicans, he was physical underneath, collecting seven boards (including four on the offensive end). He didn’t have the best shooting night, but managed to get more points than shots because of his foul-drawing ability. His position is still a question mark, but that versatility could be a good thing.

New Orleans Pelicans

This game was about as ugly as it gets in preseason, and the Pelicans were the slightly less sloppy of the two teams. They won on the strength of their 3-point shooting (11-for-18), despite their 20 turnovers. Brian Roberts led the way for New Orleans, coming off the bench and scoring a game-high, and efficient, 21 points on 7-for-11 shooting.