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Nov 18

Monday’s Magic Word

  • Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports: “Despite lots of interest in guard Arron Afflalo last summer, the Magic refused to trade him. Smart move. Afflalo is averaging a team-high 21.7 points.”
  • Will the point guard experiment work out for Victor Oladipo?
  • Arron Afflalo could be playing his way out of Orlando.
  • In Saturday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Jameer Nelson was benched in the fourth quarter in favor of Victor Oladipo. Nelson responds to the benching at Magic practice on Monday.
  • Afflalo was a finalist for Player of the Week honors for November 11-17. LeBron James won the award.
  • Victor Oladipo’s poor numbers are alarming.
  • Marc Stein of ESPN.com: “As if to remind potential suitors that he should be high on the list of Established Vets Likely To Be Traded alongside Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo is already halfway to last season’s eight 25-point games. The flip side: Victor Oladipo’s nine TOs against Dallas reminded you how raw this team really is.”
  • Now that time has settled, Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com reviews the Dwight Howard blockbuster trade.
  • Nelson and Oladipo are learning to coexist with each other.
  • John Schuhmann of NBA.com: “Arron Afflalo has had himself a strong start and is in pretty elite company as one of five guys averaging at least 20 points, five rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. He drained eight threes (four from the left corner) on his way to a career-high 36 points in Wednesday’s win against the Bucks. The Magic’s defense suffered some slippage last week and now faces the league’s best offense twice in a row.”
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Team officials want to test Oladipo and determine over the course of the season whether he can be a fulltime point guard in the NBA. They believe Oladipo’s confidence can withstand rough outings, and they also believe he’ll improve as the season continues. But the decision to play Oladipo over Nelson in the fourth quarter of a winnable matchup also opens the Magic to accusations that they are tanking games to enhance their chances of picking early in the talent-rich 2014 NBA Draft.”
  • Oladipo is looking forward to playing against Dwayne Wade, a player that’s befriended him given their connection with current Indiana University and former Marquette University coach Tom Crean.
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