Commentary | Magic Basketball - Part 10

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Nov 09

#ORLrank 9: Hedo Turkoglu

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images   G MP PER VORP WARP WS/82 2007-2008 82 3026 17.8 4.06 10.6 9.0 Hedo Turkoglu’s best season with the Magic   When I think of Hedo Turkoglu in a Magic uniform, a few things come to mind. I think of 2008 when Turkoglu had the best …

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Nov 08

J.J. Redick is ready to take the leap

AP Photo/Charles Cherney This could finally be J.J. Redick’s year. Which makes it easy to forget that J.J. Redick used to be a horrible bust that proved just how insignificant one’s college career can be. He could always shoot. His long range acumen carried him at Duke and even when he was manning the Orlando …

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Nov 06

E’Twaun Moore: back-up point guard?

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images A Magic team already expected to struggle got dealt a further blow in the first week of the season, when Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu were forced to miss games due to injuries. The only starters remaining from the 2009 Finals team, Nelson and Turkoglu were expected to …

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Nov 02

#ORLrank 10: Bo Outlaw

Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images   G MP PER VORP WARP WS/82 2000-2001 80 2534 15.7 3.96 7.5 8.1 Bo Outlaw’s best season with the Magic   When a player doesn’t have any singular elite skill on the basketball court, analysts tend to refer to them as “energy and hustle guys.” It can be taken …

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Nov 01

Rebuilding with Jameer Nelson

Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images I’ve been asked about a dozen times why the Magic made an offer to Jameer Nelson during what everyone considers “a rebuilding time.” My answer has simplified every time the question has been asked and now consists of just five words: because he is a leader. Okay, also …

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Nov 01

Five questions for the Magic in 2012-13

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images The aftermath of the Dwightmare means that whatever happens on the court for the Magic this season is pretty much inconsequential. Wins and losses have been tossed aside in favor of gunning for draft picks and developing talent. While this is an understandable process that is directly derived …

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Aug 31

The Dwight Howard trade: a disaster or a fresh start?

Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images In the two weeks or so since Dwight Howard became a Laker, I’ve gone back and forth countless times on whether or not I actually like the trade for the Magic. The most prevalent criticism — and the most valid — is of the draft picks Orlando received in the …

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Aug 30

Dwight Howard and the 99 percent

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images It’s hard enough to believe there is an award called the Rich and Helen Devos Community Enrichment award. Given the turmoil Dwight Howard put Magic fans through in both wanting the beloved Stan Van Gundy fired and then getting traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, it’s hard to remember the …

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Aug 30

Dwight Howard’s lasting impact in Orlando

Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images Dwight Howard is, by some distance, the greatest player in Orlando Magic history. Beyond everything that has transpired in the past two years, beyond the most mutually embarrassing unhappy-superstar saga this side of Vince Carter, that is the ultimate takeaway from the eight seasons he spent with the Magic. He …

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Aug 29

Dwight Howard’s last game in a Magic uniform

Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images Dwight Howard is a phenomenal basketball player and it’s a real shame his final game in a Magic jersey was not legendary, not impressive, and not even on par with what he is capable of. Orlando will remember Dwight in several different ways. On the one hand, …

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