Analysis | Magic Basketball - Part 9

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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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Jan 17

Stan Van Gundy uses a zone defense

For head coach Stan Van Gundy, his defense-first philosophy is one of the main reasons that the Orlando Magic have won 52 games or more in four seasons under his watch. With Dwight Howard manning the middle, some of the Magic’s defensive tenets are as followed: limit shot opportunities at the rim, don’t foul as …

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Jan 13

State of the Turkoglu address

Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images I have two very simple observations regarding Hedo Turkoglu at the moment. The first is that he is showing signs of improvement, and the second is that he is not back to 2009 form. Obviously the first things to take notice of are Turk’s offensive improvements. He’s scoring at a …

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Jan 12

The thing about Jameer Nelson

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images If you’ve followed Orlando’s season to this point, it’s been impossible to miss the coverage of Jameer Nelson’s slump. Certainly his poor play has been noticeable on the court, but even more striking has been the differences in reaction he inspires. Some observers look at Jameer and see a solid …

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Jan 10

Circumventing a lack of consistent shot creators

It’s no secret that the Orlando Magic lack a consistent shot creator on the perimeter. This has been the case since Vince Carter was traded last season, though it was an issue at times even when he was around. The Magic don’t have a LeBron James on the roster, someone that can get them a …

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Jan 03

Glen Davis and the post-up

Photo by Dan Lippitt/NBAE via Getty Images For all the menacing things Glen Davis did while he was in Boston, he has not seemed to find his groove in Orlando yet. I chose that word carefully: menacing. He was kind of a pest. Playing off Garnett and Perkins in the post during the Celtics’ prime, …

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Jan 02

Stan Van Gundy’s tactical genius on display

If there’s one thing that’ll never change for the Orlando Magic under head coach Stan Van Gundy, regardless of the talent on the floor, it’s the coaching. Van Gundy is one of the best coaches in the NBA for many reasons, but one of them is his ability to draw up the perfect play coming …

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Dec 23

Orlando Magic 2011-2012 season preview

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images adj. +/- net +/- stat. +/- PER WARP Win Shares/48 Ryan Anderson +8.29 +4.8 +4.27 19.0 8.5 .217 Glen Davis +1.06 -5.8 -0.96 12.8 -0.7 .102 Chris Duhon -6.83 -4.9 -6.77 5.6 -1.7 .015 Dwight Howard +14.09 +9.8 +7.24 26.0 20.5 .236 Jameer Nelson -3.54 +2.1 +2.20 15.4 5.6 .137 J.J. …

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Dec 19

Player to watch: LeBron James

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Magic Basketball previews the 2011-2012 NBA season with a look at the players we’re most excited to watch this year. I’ll be honest with you. When thinking about the player I’m most excited to watch this year, I tried to be in vogue and pick a rising star like Eric …

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Dec 07

Is Ryan Anderson more than a role player?

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images I’m met with an interesting dilemma regarding Ryan Anderson. He is better across the board in offensive statistics than Brandon Bass, who shares his position. But pound for pound Bass is a better defender than Anderson. So how can you maximize Anderson’s game without making him a starter or …

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