Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 2

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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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Dec 20

Arron Afflalo, the All-Star

Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images Arron Afflalo is an All-Star. Admittedly, a large percentage of his All-Star credentials is due to the watered-down nature of the Eastern Conference this year. It’s a well-worn, beaten down, deceased horse of a topic at this point. It’s also inextricably linked to the candidacy of anyone not …

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Dec 06

Arron Afflalo’s improved play: fluke or trend?

Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images Arron Afflalo fascinates. Not his actual game, per se, but the unique off- and on-court circumstances that permeate it. Playing — by far — the best basketball of his career on a near-bargain contract with two years (including the present one) and a player option remaining, the 28 …

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Nov 21

Orlando’s starting lineup is bad

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images The Orlando Magic’s starting lineup is a typical blend of NBA player archetypes. Scorers, defenders, veterans, youngsters, and leaders — this is a group that makes utmost basketball sense on paper, especially considering the litany of options Jacque Vaughn has at his disposal coming off the bench. Any …

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