Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 18

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Sep 03

Fact or Fiction: Rashard Lewis Should Start at Small Forward

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images Fact or Fiction presents both sides of key issues the Orlando Magic will face in the upcoming season. Statement The Orlando Magic need to shift Rashard Lewis to the small forward position and run a “more traditional” scheme if they want to be able to advance to the NBA Finals and win. …

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Sep 01

Fact or Fiction: J.J. Redick Will Become a Starter This Season

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Fact or Fiction presents both sides of key issues the Orlando Magic will face in the upcoming season. Statement J.J. Redick will be the starting shooting guard by the beginning of the playoffs. _______ Fact If J.J. Redick is starting for the Orlando Magic at the shooting guard position on the eve …

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Aug 30

Playbook: The Corner Three-Pointer

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Over the last three years, the three-point shot has been used by the Orlando Magic as one of the primary weapons of choice in their offensive attack. There are many critics that bemoan head coach Stan Van Gundy‘s dependence of the three-pointer in the Magic’s philosophy on offense, yet …

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Aug 26

Playbook: The 1/2 Pick and Roll

Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images The Orlando Magic have a number of pick and roll variations in their playbook. This is not a new revelation. Yet there’s one variation, in particular, that has proven to be lethal in specific situations for the Magic and that’s the 1/2 pick and roll with Jameer Nelson and Vince …

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Aug 23

Playbook: The 2/5 Pick and Roll

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images In 2009, the 3/5 pick and roll with Hedo Turkoglu and Dwight Howard was one of the centerpieces of the Orlando Magic‘s offense. With Turkoglu’s departure and Vince Carter‘s arrival, the 2/5 pick and roll became the flavor de jure for the Magic. Carter’s involvement in the pick and …

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Aug 19

Playbook: The 1/5 Pick and Roll

Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images The 4-out/1-in offensive scheme that the Orlando Magic employ is the foundation of an offense that features Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson, and others. But there are also other plays that the Magic run with frequent regularity. Like the 1/5 pick and roll. The pick and roll is like a common …

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Aug 19

Additional Commentary on Carmelo Anthony

Via John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: After seeing what transpired in Miami this summer, of course anything can happen in the NBA. But acquiring superstars isn’t easy and to get one you usually must pay a heavy price. For example, for the [Orlando] Magic to pull off a blockbuster and acquire Anthony it would also mean …

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Aug 17

Longtime Basketball Player and Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame Inductee Adonal Foyle Announces Retirement from NBA

Via the Orlando Magic: Adonal Foyle, an NBA basketball player with a total of 13 seasons under his belt, announced his retirement from basketball this week. From humble island beginnings, Adonal’s basketball talent was discovered by two Colgate University professors who brought him to the United States and laid the foundation for Foyle’s NBA basketball …

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Aug 17

Playbook: The Orlando Magic’s 4-Out/1-In Offensive Scheme

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images The 4-out/1-in offensive scheme. For three years and counting, head coach Stan Van Gundy has used an alignment (which features Dwight Howard in the post surrounded by four shooters on the perimeter) on offense that has vaulted the Orlando Magic to the elite in the NBA. The system works, as best …

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Aug 16

For J.J. Redick, It’s All About Efficiency

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images One of the major storylines in a rather uneventful off-season (aside from the Chris Paul rumors) for the Orlando Magic was when general manager Otis Smith elected to match the Chicago Bulls’ offer sheet and re-sign J.J. Redick to a three year, $20 million contract. Not too long ago, Redick …

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