Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 4

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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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Dec 27

Maximizing E’Twaun Moore’s skills on offense

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images E’Twaun Moore has been a pleasant surprise for the Magic all season. A waiver-wire pickup after a rocky rookie campaign in Boston, Moore has solidified himself as the team’s back-up point guard and is posting a very respectable 12.5 Player Efficiency Rating in 23.8 minutes per game. He’s …

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Dec 24

J.J. Redick the playmaker

For years, J.J. Redick was known as just a shooter and for good reason. At Duke, Redick tortured opponents with his deadly marksmanship, setting an NCAA record for most three-point field goals made during his four-year tenure as a Blue Devil. When Redick took his talents to the NBA, he continued to show off his …

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Dec 21

The early returns on Nikola Vucevic

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images As the 2012-13 Magic were tipping off, I named the performance of Nikola Vucevic as one of the five biggest questions for Orlando this upcoming season. Vucevic was given the inside track to the Magic’s starting center position almost by default and cemented his status as the team’s …

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Dec 17

Revisiting the Glen Davis-Brandon Bass trade

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images It’s been a year since Brandon Bass was shipped out of Orlando for Glen Davis (and Von Wafer) and already the circumstances around the trade have changed dramatically. Davis was acquired, in part, to appease Dwight Howard, who is no longer with the Magic. Davis and Howard are …

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