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Dec 17

Channing Frye adjusting to life in Orlando

Photo by Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports ORLANDO, Fla. — When the Magic signed Channing Frye in the offseason to a 4-year, $32 million contract, many people were puzzled by the move — why would a rebuilding team splurge on a 31-year old veteran in free agency? For the Magic, the Frye signing was meant to …

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Dec 02

Tobias Harris: Numbers guy or good player?

Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images There is a difference between a “numbers guy” and a player who can be an important piece on a good team. It’s a distinction not obvious to most. For example, I would say most people who don’t religiously follow the NBA believe that Michael Carter-Williams and Josh Smith …

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Nov 28

Evan Fournier taking advantage of his opportunity

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images The Orlando Magic acquired Evan Fournier from the Denver Nuggets for Arron Afflalo (and the 56th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, which turned out to be Devyn Marble) in a draft day trade in June. The trade confused many people because it was basically a swap of two players …

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Nov 21

Channing Frye’s importance to Orlando

Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images The Orlando Magic raised eyebrows when they signed Channing Frye to a four-year, $32 million contract during the offseason. The general consensus was that it made very little sense for the Magic, a young team that’s in the middle of an extensive rebuilding process, to splurge in free …

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Nov 20

Nikola Vucevic: Center of the Magic’s offense

Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images On Monday night, Nikola Vucevic shredded the Pistons’ defense in the Magic’s 107-93 win. He knocked down midrange jump shots, he scored on the block and on putbacks, and most importantly, he was a player the Magic could throw the ball to and expect to get a decent …

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Aug 20

How good can Evan Fournier become?

Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images In late June, the Orlando Magic traded a proven player and their leading scorer to the Denver Nuggets for, essentially, two unknowns, which in most cases isn’t a smart move. With the 56th overall pick in the 2014 draft, which was included in the trade, the Magic acquired Devyn …

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Aug 13

Analyzing how Channing Frye fits with the Magic

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images The Orlando Magic are being patient with their rebuild, which is a good sign for Magic fans (even if they are growing restless). It’s going to take time for the Magic to construct a roster that mirrors anything like the one that made them title contenders in the …

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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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