Commentary | Magic Basketball - Part 8

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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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Nov 23

#ORLrank 7: Nick Anderson

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images   G MP PER VORP WARP WS/82 1994-1995 76 2588 17.5 3.44 10.0 8.9 Nick Anderson’s best season with the Magic   If you were to play word association with casual NBA fans, the word most associated with Nick Anderson would be “choker.” Facing off against the Houston Rockets in …

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Nov 20

Beginning to consider the 2013 NBA draft lottery

AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes There have been no shortage of conspiracy theories surrounding the NBA Draft lottery since its inception in 1985, but I have an only-half-joking hunch that the Magic are going to end up with the top overall pick in 2013. This doesn’t mean they’ll finish with the worst record in the league, although …

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Nov 16

#ORLrank 8: Rashard Lewis

Photo by Elsa/Getty Images   G MP PER VORP WARP WS/82 2008-2009 79 2859 16.8 4.03 11.0 9.6 Rashard Lewis’ best season with the Magic   Rashard Lewis’ time with the Magic is probably best remembered for how it started and how it ended. Things kicked off with that insane max contract, and unfair as …

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Nov 12

The life and times of Glen Davis

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images It must really stink to be Glen Davis right now. Imagine being a guy who entered the league as a 21-year-old and almost immediately felt the unparalleled bliss of winning a championship, of being a champion. Now, four long and relatively miserable years later, you’re in Orlando and …

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