Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 5

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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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Aug 31

Retire Dwight Howard’s jersey in Orlando?

Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images Six months ago, you would have been hard-pressed to find a lot of people within the Magic fan base that did not want Dwight Howard’s jersey retired. Yes, at that point in time, Dwight had already made known his desire to be traded, with the Brooklyn Nets at the top …

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Aug 28

Dwight Howard, defense, and dominance

Photo by Fernando Medina/Getty Images “Old Indian game. It’s called, uh, put the ball in the hole.” – Randle McMurphy, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest Basketball really is as simple as an in-character Jack Nicholson says it is. Put the ball in the hole, stop the other guys from putting the ball in the …

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Jul 25

Gustavo Ayon’s pick-and-roll abilities

You can forgive Magic fans if they don’t know much about Gustavo Ayon. When the Orlando Magic executed a sign-and-trade with the New Orleans Hornets to acquire Ayon in exchange for Ryan Anderson, a lot of people within the Magic fanbase were asking themselves, “who?” That was to be expected. While Anderson was raising his …

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Jul 24

Getting to know Gustavo Ayon

Chris Trotman/Getty Images When the Magic signed-and-traded Ryan Anderson to the New Orleans Hornets for Gustavo Ayon, many Magic fans were probably displeased. Anderson was one of the sole bright spots on the team last season, while Ayon is hardly six months removed from toiling in complete basketball obscurity. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound 27-year-old had been …

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Jul 09

Figuring out a post-Dwight Howard roster

Marc Serota/Getty Images Somewhere between the Van Gundy firing and the word “blackmail,” it became abundantly clear that Dwight Howard probably isn’t coming back to Orlando next season. This has gone on for too long, with too many superlatives thrown about in the process, and with Dwight’s loyal downright bizarre opt-in episode in March, the …

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