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Category Archive: Analysis

Jul 02

Who is Aaron Gordon and what does he do?

John Raoux, AP Photo On Thursday, the Orlando Magic selected Aaron Gordon with the No. 4 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft to the surprise of many. The general consensus was that the team, in need of a point guard, would select Dante Exum (that need would eventually be filled with the draft day trade …

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Jun 11

Investigating Nikola Vucevic’s path to greatness

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images Over the past two seasons, Nikola Vucevic has shown us he has the ability to be a serviceable — if not great — big man for the Magic in the coming years. He has continued to refine his offensive game since coming into the league, shooting a …

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May 22

Tobias Harris: starter or sixth man?

Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images Two seasons ago, Tobias Harris joined the Orlando Magic, by way of Milwaukee, in the now famed J.J. Redick trade at the February deadline. Before swapping his green and red jersey for Dwight’s old uniform (which flustered the big man), Harris had spent the better part of his first two …

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May 19

Revisiting Oladipo’s point guard development

Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images In February, after everyone had witnessed Victor Oladipo’s steady development as a point guard in the first few months of his rookie season, Jacque Vaughn said that ‘Dipo may remain a combo guard further into his career. Oladipo-at-point guard was an experiment in having him as a primary …

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Apr 22

The rise of Kyle O’Quinn

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images While we as basketball fans love to determine improvement through an increase in the main statistical categories, the indication it can give can be minimal at times. Take Kyle O’Quinn for instance: when comparing his stats from this season to last, you’ll notice they’re fairly similar — a slight jump …

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Apr 03

Grades: Cleveland Cavaliers 119, Orlando Magic 98

AP Photo/John Raoux   Cleveland Cavaliers 119 Final Recap | Box Score 98 Orlando Magic Arron Afflalo 3-10 FG | 1-5 3P | 4 REB | 5 AST | 7 PTS | -18 Nikola Vucevic 3-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 STL | 7 REB | 7 PTS | -15 Victor Oladipo 4-10 FG …

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Mar 21

A closer look at Victor Oladipo’s defense

AP Photo/Matt York The players that we consider the NBA’s best defenders — at perimeter positions, at least — are usually those who guard the ballhandler well: the Tony Allens, the Paul Georges, and the Andre Iguodalas of the league. Perhaps players feel particularly pressured to guard the ball well, since everyone is always watching …

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Mar 14

The fall of Andrew Nicholson

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images In the Magic’s season opener in Indiana, Andrew Nicholson was a human blowtorch. He lit up the Pacers for 18 points (all in the first half) and set basketball Twitter ablaze with his scoring prowess. Nicholson unleashed his full arsenal of moves — some old, some new. A lefty hook …

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Mar 01

Grades: Miami Heat 112, Orlando Magic 98

AP Photo/Alan Diaz   Miami Heat 112 Final Recap | Box Score 98 Orlando Magic Nikola Vucevic 9-14 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 STL | 10 REB | 18 PTS | -15 Tobias Harris 6-11 FG | 7-7 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 20 PTS | -9 Kyle O’Quinn 6-10 FG …

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Jan 09

Examining Victor Oladipo in the pick-and-roll

Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images Victor Oladipo is a rookie guard, still only 21 years old, so he’s struggled a little bit with the pick-and-roll, the predominate action NBA teams run after the implementation of zone defenses and the end of hand-checking. As such, ‘Dipo’s success or failure in the NBA can …

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