Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 16

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Oct 29

A Rivalry to Be, or Not to Be: That Is the Question

Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images There is no rivalry between the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat. There is no rich history between the two franchises. Celtics vs. Lakers it is not. History? Boston and L.A. have decades of it. Geography? They are the East vs. West. Bad blood? Five words: Kevin McHale clotheslines Kurt …

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Oct 25

Mini-Playbook: The “Horns” Set

Photo by Fernando Medina Tweaks and adjustments. For the Orlando Magic, tweaks and adjustments have been made not only with the roster but also with strategy. This season, head coach Stan Van Gundy has made a commitment to make the Magic’s offense less predictable, and the results — even if it was pre-season — have …

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Oct 14

Orlando Magic 2010-11 Season Preview

Photo by Fernando Medina adj. +/- net +/- stat. +/- PER WARP Win Shares/48 Ryan Anderson +0.65 +1.8 +1.97 18.1 2.7 .161 Brandon Bass N/A -4.9 -2.65 16.5 1.1 .147 Vince Carter +1.95 +7.5 +2.62 17.1 4.3 .154 Chris Duhon -2.02 +1.0 -2.41 10.7 -0.5 .045 Marcin Gortat +13.73 -7.8 -1.73 13.9 2.3 .151 Dwight Howard …

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Oct 13

Video Analysis: The Best of Both Worlds for Rashard Lewis

Better late than never. That phrase best describes head coach Stan Van Gundy‘s newfound commitment to playing Rashard Lewis at the small forward position this season, something he rarely did in his first three years roaming the sidelines for the Orlando Magic. While it’s not necessarily a good idea to start Lewis at small forward, …

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Oct 12

Magic Basketball Mailbag, 10/12/10

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images Here’s another installment of the Magic Basketball Mailbag. _______ With Vince Carter declining and an inconsistent Rashard Lewis coming off a down year, will the Magic get enough scoring from the wings to compete for a championship? In my opinion? Yes. It’ll be tough because of his age but as …

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Oct 08

Fun With Advanced Statistical Plus/Minus

Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images In late July, I made note that DSMok1 — a member of the APBRmetrics community — introduced a new metric to the fray. And that is advanced statistical plus/minus, which has been tweaked since it was first introduced a few months ago. This particular statistic shouldn’t be seen as an …

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Sep 29

Fact or Fiction: Jameer Nelson Will Be an All-Star This Season

Fernando Medina/NBA/Orlandomagic.com Fact or Fiction presents both sides of key issues the Orlando Magic will face in the upcoming season. Statement Jameer Nelson will be an All-Star this year. _______ Fact One of the arguments in Jameer Nelson‘s favor is that he’s been an All-Star before. In 2009, Nelson had a phenomenal campaign in the first half …

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Sep 27

Magic Basketball Mailbag, 9/27/10

Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images Here’s another installment of the Magic Basketball Mailbag. _______ Will the Magic make an offer for Melo after all? Most likely, no. If it hasn’t happened now, then it probably won’t happen. I just had a debate with some Lakers fans. One of them claims that we have no defense …

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Sep 27

Fact or Fiction: The Orlando Magic Should Play a More “Traditional” Style of Basketball When the Opportunity Presents Itself

Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images Fact or Fiction presents both sides of key issues the Orlando Magic will face in the upcoming season. Statement The Orlando Magic will show that the 4-out/1-in offensive scheme and a more traditional style of basketball can co-exist by using each at the correct time to exploit the other team’s weakness. _______ …

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Sep 22

A Look at the Orlando Magic’s “Franchise Five”

On Thursday, ESPN.com gave fans the opportunity to determine the five ultimate players for every franchise in the NBA. Voting commenced for several days and for the Orlando Magic, the players chosen were Penny Hardaway at point guard, Tracy McGrady at shooting guard, Grant Hill at small forward, Rashard Lewis at power forward, and Shaquille …

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