Commentary | Magic Basketball - Part 7

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Jan 11

Andrew Nicholson, the Magic’s identity, and tanking

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images If you’re a Magic fan and don’t find yourself a little fatigued by the incessant jerking between excitement, pessimism, disappointment, approval, and ambivalence toward this team, then maybe you’re not paying attention. I’m going to talk about Andrew Nicholson, but first some context. At the outset of the season, fans …

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Jan 09

Revisiting the Ryan Anderson trade

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images Rob Hennigan’s decision not to match the Hornets’ four-year, $34 million offer sheet for Ryan Anderson in July during the offseason was a polarizing one. On the one hand, Anderson was the reigning Most Improved Player and had proven himself a more-than-reliable floor-spacing big, and a contract in …

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Jan 04

#ORLrank 1: Dwight Howard

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images   G MP PER VORP WARP WS/82 2010-2011 78 2935 26.0 6.55 20.5 15.1 Dwight Howard’s best season with the Magic   How can you quantify a man so loved and then so despised? Generally, it is exactly how most Magic fans have resigned themselves to the subject of …

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Dec 28

#ORLrank 2: Shaquille O’Neal

AP Photo/Steve Simoneau   G MP PER VORP WARP WS/82 1993-1994 81 3224 28.5 7.56 24.0 17.1 Shaquille O’Neal’s best season with the Magic   Talking about Shaquille O’Neal’s four seasons with the Magic, now that he’s retired after a 19-year career and generally considered one of the five greatest centers of all time, is …

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Dec 21

#ORLrank 3: Tracy McGrady

Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images   G MP PER VORP WARP WS/82 2002-2003 75 2954 30.3 8.55 23.5 17.6 Tracy McGrady’s best season with the Magic   Earlier this month, a video emerged of Tracy McGrady elbowing a player in the chest during a Chinese Basketball Association game. It was a fitting peep into where McGrady …

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Dec 14

#ORLrank 4: Penny Hardaway

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images   G MP PER VORP WARP WS/82 1995-1996 82 3015 24.6 6.73 19.3 14.4 Penny Hardaway’s best season with the Magic   Penny Hardaway was, in many ways, the quintessential Orlando Magic superstar. Since the franchise’s inception in 1989, a handful of the most exciting players of the …

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Dec 07

#ORLrank 5: Darrell Armstrong

AP Photo/Chuck Stoody   G MP PER VORP WARP WS/82 1998-1999 50 1502 22.2 5.26 16.0 10.4 Darrell Armstrong’s best season with the Magic   Darrell Armstrong’s career with the Orlando Magic can be summed up in one phrase. The ultimate underdog. Undrafted coming out of Fayetteville State University in 1991, Armstrong took a long …

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Dec 04

On being the future of the franchise

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images A phrase that gets thrown around a lot is “future of the franchise.” We often attribute this accolade to a guy who is a rising star or a guy who started proving himself right out of the gate as an unbelievable and capable talent. Kyrie Irving is the …

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Nov 30

#ORLrank 6: Ryan Anderson

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images   G MP PER VORP WARP WS/82 2011-2012 61 1964 21.2 3.72 14.0 11.9 Ryan Anderson’s best season with the Magic   The Orlando saga for Ryan Anderson was really a story with two parts. When Anderson first came into the league, scouting reports on him said his quickness …

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Nov 29

Jacque Vaughn’s bright future

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images When the Magic announced the hiring of Jacque Vaughn to replace Stan Van Gundy this summer, I wrote that it made sense for a team that was, more or less, completely starting over from scratch to hire a coach with an equally clean record. As soon as Dwight Howard …

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