Commentary | Magic Basketball - Part 8

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Mar 07

Nikola Vucevic: the Magic’s big bargain

Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images When Bill Simmons wrote at Grantland last week that Nikola Vucevic has the 11th-best bargain contract in the NBA, he was not just whistling Dixie. Not only is Vucevic averaging a double-double (12.3 ppg and 11.4 rpg), he’s also shown the capacity to put up huge numbers (just …

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Mar 05

The Magic, analytics, and you

AP Photo/John Raoux This past weekend, six members of the Orlando Magic’s basketball operations department attended the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference at MIT. That group included general manager Rob Hennigan and assistant general manager Matt Lloyd. The event, founded by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, has been growing consistently in stature since its inception …

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Feb 15

The sky’s the limit in Orlando

Photo by Fernando Medina/Orlando Magic Probably the best part about being a fan of a team is living with the belief that it could be “the year” for your guys. I work in an office with 90 SEC graduates. During the fall, I hear a ton of rabble rousing and cocksure predictions about who the …

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Feb 05

To tank or not to tank?

Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images The Orlando Magic currently sit 8.5 games out of the Eastern playoff picture with 36 games left on their schedule. They have the league’s third-worst record (14-34) and sixth-worst efficiency differential (-5.1 points per 100 possessions), per The stingy defense that fueled their early season success has all but …

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Jan 29

A midseason review on the Magic

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images The Magic’s season is now 44 games old and and while some characteristics of this team are starting to take focus, others are still a bit hazier. The Magic are somehow simultaneously exactly what we thought they’d be and not really anything like we thought they’d be. Results …

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Jan 22

Maurice Harkless: basketball Play-Doh

Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images As the Magic’s impressive start to the season is left further in the past, this year becomes more and more of a trial run. There are a lot of different pieces on Orlando’s roster, many not a part of any reasonable long-term plan, but the only way to …

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Jan 15

The clock is ticking on J.J. Redick

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images At one point, it was pretty difficult, almost impossible, to imagine the Magic running out of the tunnel without Dwight Howard. Now, just months after his departure, things have normalized, at least in a sense, in Orlando. While the few veterans left on the roster continue to chip …

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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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