Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 5

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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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Dec 12

How are the Magic exceeding expectations?

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images Thinking back to October, I wasn’t particularly optimistic about covering the Magic for the 2012-13 season. You didn’t have to over-analyze anything to realize the Magic were rebuilding, as they spent the summer offing the likes of Stan Van Gundy, Dwight Howard, and Ryan Anderson. This team was going to …

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Dec 12

Glen Davis’ new nickname: ‘Black Hole’

Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images A cursory glance at Glen Davis’ numbers might leave the impression that he’s having a career year so far this season. Davis is averaging career-highs across the board with 32.8 minutes per game, 16.1 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game, and 2.1 assists per game. It’s fool’s …

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Dec 10

Andrew Nicholson carving out a niche

Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images With their win over the Suns on Sunday night, the Magic secured a 3-2 record over the course of their five-game West Coast road trip, which should be cause for celebration in and of itself. More significant than a few tough road wins, however, has been the sense …

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Dec 07

The Magic’s secret weapon

What happens when you’re a team that doesn’t have a go-to scorer? Do the next best thing — have a go-to play. It’s true that the Orlando Magic’s preferred crunch time lineup — Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, Arron Afflalo, Glen Davis, and Nikola Vucevic — is one of the most efficient five-man units in the …

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Dec 06

Diminishing returns on Arron Afflalo and Gustavo Ayon

AP Photo/Rick Bowmer Before this season started, the Magic were a popular pick as one of the league’s worst teams. With the two best players of last year’s 37-29 outfit traded and Jacque Vaughn coming in as a rookie coach, it wasn’t hard to envision a lot of struggles at Amway Center. It is through …

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Nov 26

The return of Josh McRoberts

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images Josh McRoberts was due for a bounce-back season. After a solid campaign on the upstart 2010-11 Pacers, the Duke product signed a two-year deal with the Lakers and was expected to help offset the loss of Lamar Odom as the team’s third big man. Yes, the idea of McRoberts …

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Nov 15

Arron Afflalo’s shot selection explains his struggles

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images Since coming to Orlando in the Dwight Howard trade this summer, Arron Afflalo has been touted as one of the central pieces Rob Hennigan is planning to rebuild around. An elite shooter and solid defender, he seems to be a perfect fit for a young team still in …

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