Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 4

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Mar 11

Andrew Nicholson and Nikola Vucevic showing promise

One of the most encouraging parts of this season for the Orlando Magic has been the play of two young big men — namely Andrew Nicholson and Nikola Vucevic. Despite being so inexperienced, both have shown nuanced offensive games that give hope for the future. Each has their own specialty on this side of the …

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Mar 04

Orlando’s effective hi-lo set

The hi-lo is one of the most complex sets in basketball. On the surface, it looks like a simple pass between two big men, but it needs perfect timing and chemistry. Lately, the Orlando Magic have been running an interesting iteration of the hi-lo. Let’s go through it step-by-step. Things begin with a guard handling …

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Feb 22

Did the Magic get enough for J.J. Redick?

Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images The one big move that most fans and analysts expected the Magic to make before Thursday’s trade deadline came down to the wire, but general manager Rob Hennigan sent J.J. Redick to the Milwaukee Bucks, along with Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith, in return for Beno Udrih, Doron …

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Feb 14

The Magic’s two rising stars

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images Over the weekend, the NBA announced that Magic rookie forward Andrew Nicholson would replace injured Pistons center Andre Drummond in the Rising Stars Challenge, joining Nikola Vucevic as the other player representing the Magic at All-Star Weekend in Houston. While this event is, needless to say, entirely meaningless, …

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Feb 06

Anatomy of a losing stretch

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images As Noam Schiller noted on Tuesday, a big reason for Orlando’s recent losing stretch is because they’ve regressed badly defensively. The Magic went from having a top 10 defense in the first month and a half of the season to having one of the worst defenses in …

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Jan 25

Examining the Magic’s trade deadline outlook

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images The Magic have traditionally been very active at the trading deadline over the past few years, if not in making deals, then at least in being involved in talks. Their motives this season, however, are very different than in past years. During the 2010-11 season, Otis Smith swapped Rashard Lewis’ …

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Jan 18

What is Nikola Vucevic’s ceiling?

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images Nikola Vucevic has made headlines over the past few weeks for his rebounding prowess. He’s pulled down at least 12 boards in the last eight Magic games, which is the second-longest streak in the NBA (Anderson Varejao did it 12 straight times earlier this season). And Vucevic set …

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Jan 17

The good and bad of Arron Afflalo

Heading into the season, the scouting report on Arron Afflalo from his final year with the Denver Nuggets was that his defense had regressed, in part because he worked on expanding his offensive repertoire. Once known as a good defender, Afflalo poured his efforts into becoming more than just a spot-up shooter and it worked …

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Jan 14

J.J. Redick shuts down Lob City

Since the start of the season, J.J. Redick has been the subject of trade rumors and it’s easy to see why. At 28 years old, Redick is an elder statesman on a rebuilding team. Only Jameer Nelson (30) and Hedo Turkoglu (33) are older. With the Orlando Magic in the middle of a rebuilding phase, …

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Jan 07

Jameer Nelson: From pick-and-rolls to prosperity

In sports, we often hear the term “game of his life” to describe a phenomenon where the stars align for a player for one night and he plays to his full potential. It’s a rare event, but when it happens, it’s something to behold. Back in 2009, Jameer Nelson had the game of his life …

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