Commentary | Magic Basketball - Part 9

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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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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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