- Armed with consistent playing time, Kyle O’Quinn has been making an impact — especially on defense — coming off the bench for the Orlando Magic.
- Maurice Harkless is looking forward to trying to defend Kevin Durant when the Magic face off against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday.
- Victor Oladipo’s 20-point performance stood out in Orlando’s win versus the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.
- Steve Aschburner of NBA.com says Oladipo has a chance to thrive in the Rising Stars Challenge.
- Oladipo will not compete in the dunk contest, even though he previously stated he would have been willing to participate if invited. The participants will be Paul George, Damian Lillard, John Wall, Terrence Ross, Harrison Barnes, and Ben McLemore.