Commentary | Magic Basketball - Part 9

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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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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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