Nate Drexler | Magic Basketball - Part 3

Nate Drexler

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Name: Nate Drexler
Date registered: February 26, 2011

Latest posts

  1. The efficient Arron Afflalo has returned — November 15, 2013
  2. Appreciating T-Mac — November 1, 2013
  3. How can the Magic improve on offense? — October 23, 2013
  4. Victor Oladipo and potential at its infancy — October 18, 2013
  5. Player Profile: Andrew Nicholson — October 14, 2013

Most commented posts

  1. Dwight Howard and the future ahead — 23 comments
  2. J.J. Redick’s report card — 22 comments
  3. Gilbert Arenas at a glance — 19 comments
  4. What went wrong for the Orlando Magic, Part I — 15 comments
  5. Dwight Howard and the elusive MVP award — 14 comments

Author's posts listings

Jan 15

The clock is ticking on J.J. Redick

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images At one point, it was pretty difficult, almost impossible, to imagine the Magic running out of the tunnel without Dwight Howard. Now, just months after his departure, things have normalized, at least in a sense, in Orlando. While the few veterans left on the roster continue to chip …

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Jan 11

Andrew Nicholson, the Magic’s identity, and tanking

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images If you’re a Magic fan and don’t find yourself a little fatigued by the incessant jerking between excitement, pessimism, disappointment, approval, and ambivalence toward this team, then maybe you’re not paying attention. I’m going to talk about Andrew Nicholson, but first some context. At the outset of the season, fans …

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Jan 05

Recap: New York Knicks 114, Orlando Magic 106

AP Photo/John Raoux BOX SCORE On a good offensive night for Orlando, the Magic needed more defense, especially down the stretch, to fend off the Knicks in a 114-106 loss. It was the night of the backcourt for Orlando. Nelson (29 points on 10-for-20 shooting) and Afflalo (29 points on 10-for-14 shooting) abused the New …

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Jan 04

#ORLrank 1: Dwight Howard

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images   G MP PER VORP WARP WS/82 2010-2011 78 2935 26.0 6.55 20.5 15.1 Dwight Howard’s best season with the Magic   How can you quantify a man so loved and then so despised? Generally, it is exactly how most Magic fans have resigned themselves to the subject of …

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Dec 12

How are the Magic exceeding expectations?

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images Thinking back to October, I wasn’t particularly optimistic about covering the Magic for the 2012-13 season. You didn’t have to over-analyze anything to realize the Magic were rebuilding, as they spent the summer offing the likes of Stan Van Gundy, Dwight Howard, and Ryan Anderson. This team was going to …

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Dec 04

On being the future of the franchise

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images A phrase that gets thrown around a lot is “future of the franchise.” We often attribute this accolade to a guy who is a rising star or a guy who started proving himself right out of the gate as an unbelievable and capable talent. Kyrie Irving is the …

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Nov 30

#ORLrank 6: Ryan Anderson

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images   G MP PER VORP WARP WS/82 2011-2012 61 1964 21.2 3.72 14.0 11.9 Ryan Anderson’s best season with the Magic   The Orlando saga for Ryan Anderson was really a story with two parts. When Anderson first came into the league, scouting reports on him said his quickness …

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Nov 12

The life and times of Glen Davis

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images It must really stink to be Glen Davis right now. Imagine being a guy who entered the league as a 21-year-old and almost immediately felt the unparalleled bliss of winning a championship, of being a champion. Now, four long and relatively miserable years later, you’re in Orlando and …

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Nov 09

Recap: Brooklyn Nets 107, Orlando Magic 68

AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack BOX SCORE It just never felt like Deron Williams and Joe Johnson were even trying. Mostly because the Nets were up by double-digits while the dynamic duo was in the game in the first half. The two didn’t play much in the second half, as Brooklyn enjoyed a 30-point lead for …

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Nov 01

Rebuilding with Jameer Nelson

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images I’ve been asked about a dozen times why the Magic made an offer to Jameer Nelson during what everyone considers “a rebuilding time.” My answer has simplified every time the question has been asked and now consists of just five words: because he is a leader. Okay, also …

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