Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 7

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Feb 16

The Ryan Anderson manifesto

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Dwight Howard is not only the best player on the Orlando Magic but one of the best players in the NBA. That’s a given. It’s because Howard is so good and, in many his respects, some of his …

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Feb 14

Jason Richardson goes nova

Since being traded to the Orlando Magic on December 18, 2010, Jason Richardson has had a lot of ups and downs with the team. This season, leading up to the month of February, it had mostly been downs for Richardson, as he struggled to play well offensively for an extended period of time. But since …

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Feb 10

Ryan Anderson torture racks the Heat

There were two players who were mainly responsible for the Orlando Magic’s win against the Miami Heat on Wednesday. One of them was Dwight Howard. The other was Ryan Anderson. Seeing Howard put up 25 points and 24 rebounds against the Heat came as no surprise, given that he’s one of the best players in …

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Feb 08

How does Jason Richardson score?

Up to this point in the season, the most newsworthy item involving Jason Richardson was that general manager Otis Smith inexplicably signed him to a 4-year, $25 million contract during the offseason. Despite the fact that Richardson is 31 years old and, generally speaking, wing players like him that have relied mostly on their athleticism …

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Feb 08

Jameer Nelson and pick-and-rolls

One of the major storylines that emerged following the Orlando Magic’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, aside from Chauncey Billups getting hurt (it was later confirmed that he suffered a torn left Achilles tendon), was that Jameer Nelson played well. It seems silly that Nelson playing well is something of note. In …

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Feb 01

Stan Van Gundy is coaching bad players

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images On Monday in the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers, head coach Stan Van Gundy was forced to use a second unit that consisted of Larry Hughes, Von Wafer, Quentin Richardson, Earl Clark, and Glen Davis. Van Gundy briefly utilized that 5-man unit in the fourth quarter …

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Jan 26

Reaction: Boston Celtics 91, Orlando Magic 83

AP Photo/Mike Carlson Boston Celtics 91 Final Recap | Box Score 83 Orlando Magic Dwight Howard 6-12 FG | 4-8 FT | 1 BLK | 16 REB | 16 PTS | -25 It’s true that Howard has won the Defensive Player of the Year award in three consecutive seasons. It’s also true that Kevin Garnett …

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Jan 26

Earl Clark shows off defensive potential

If Magic fans were to use word association for Earl Clark, the first word that would probably come out of their mouths? Potential. After languishing on the bench with the Phoenix Suns for two seasons, Clark came over in the Orlando Magic’s trade for Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson last season. And although he didn’t …

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Jan 25

Dwight Howard’s art of rebounding

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images Rebounding is one of those things you can thrive at if you put in the work. On the other hand, you could be born with a natural ability to sort of float to wherever the ball seems to come off the rim. Dwight Howard has both of these …

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Jan 17

Hedo Turkoglu in crunch time

An emerging storyline this season for the Orlando Magic so far has been Hedo Turkoglu’s renaissance on offense. In 12 games, Turkoglu’s True Shooting percentage is 61.6 percent, which is a career-high. Likewise, Turkgolu’s usage rate is 20.4 percent, which is important to note because it means that he’s been more involved on offense for …

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