Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 19

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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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Aug 10

Magic Basketball Mailbag, 8/10/10

Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images Here’s another installment of the Magic Basketball Mailbag. _______ Is this year “THE year” for Orlando to win it all? Won’t one season of gelling and next year’s mid-level exception make Miami unstoppable? It’s way too early to tell. There are too many variables involved. The Miami Heat could be …

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Aug 04

The Tracy McGrady manifesto

Reuters/John C. Hillery A picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, it’s a photo of failure and unfortunately for Tracy McGrady, it’s perhaps the lasting image of his time with the Orlando Magic. The players sitting next to McGrady, aside from Darrell Armstrong, are none other than Pat Garrity and Shawn Kemp — …

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Jul 28

A Hypothetical Trade Offer for Chris Paul, Part II

Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images Since trade scenarios involving Chris Paul have reached a fever pitch recently, Ryan Schwan of Hornets247 felt it would be a fun exercise to open up the virtual bidding for the New Orleans Hornets’ all-world point guard and see which TrueHoop Network writer could come up with the winning bid. …

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Jul 27

A Hypothetical Trade Offer for Chris Paul, Part I

Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images A few days ago, Ryan Schwan of Hornets247 conjured up a neat idea of “virtually” trading Chris Paul for fun. The premise was simple — any TrueHoop Network writer could participate and submit an offer to Schwan, then he would gather the offers, rank them, and trade Paul to the …

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Jul 26

Magic Basketball Mailbag, 7/26/10

Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images Here’s another installment of the Magic Basketball Mailbag. _______ What are the chances J.J. provides such consistent production that he no longer becomes “overpaid”? Medium to high. People may think that J.J. Redick had the infamous “contract” year when he put up career-high numbers across the board this season. But …

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Jul 22

Magic Basketball Mailbag, 7/22/10

Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images Here’s another installment of the Magic Basketball Mailbag. _______ Between Gortat, Carter and Bass, who is most likely to get traded this summer and/or by the February deadline? With the latest Chris Paul rumors hitting the mill, maybe all of them get dealt this summer. It remains to be seen …

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Jul 20

Brandon Bass Says Play Me or Trade Me

Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images Via Tim Povtak of NBA FanHouse: Brandon Bass isn’t issuing any play-me-or-trade-me demand to the Orlando Magic. He is too nice, too soft spoken to make a pronouncement like that. It’s just not his way. This is just a gentle reminder. “I think they’ll do the right thing, whatever is …

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Jul 19

Say Hello to Advanced Statistical Plus/Minus

Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images The APBRmetrics community is always trying to find better and more effective ways to quantify a player’s value as accurately as possible. Every linear metric has its flaws, whether it’s PER, adjusted plus/minus, or whatever else, but using them all in conjunction with each other is an excellent way of …

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