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Nov 20

Nikola Vucevic: Center of the Magic’s offense

Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images On Monday night, Nikola Vucevic shredded the Pistons’ defense in the Magic’s 107-93 win. He knocked down midrange jump shots, he scored on the block and on putbacks, and most importantly, he was a player the Magic could throw the ball to and expect to get a decent …

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Oct 24

Meet Victor Oladipo, the post player

Photos by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images Victor Oladipo’s best asset might be his versatility. Few guards in the league boast his combination of strength, length, athleticism, intensity and burgeoning overall offensive skill-set. In Oladipo, the Orlando Magic drafted a player certainly capable of defending multiple positions. And this summer, the Magic made clear …

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Apr 09

Orlando’s screen the screener action

Although the team has not always executed — the Orlando Magic rank 27th in offensive efficiency — the system that rookie head coach Jacque Vaughn has put into place is exciting as a concept. He’s used a ton of off-ball movement all season. The primary shooter in those sets was J.J. Redick, but as we …

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Mar 19

The emergence of Tobias Harris

The haul the Orlando Magic got in the J.J. Redick trade from the Milwaukee Bucks at the deadline, which brought in Tobias Harris, Beno Udrih, and Doron Lamb, is looking better and better by the game, highlighted by the strong play of Harris. After being buried on the bench in Milwaukee, he’s finally getting meaningful minutes in …

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Mar 11

Andrew Nicholson and Nikola Vucevic showing promise

One of the most encouraging parts of this season for the Orlando Magic has been the play of two young big men — namely Andrew Nicholson and Nikola Vucevic. Despite being so inexperienced, both have shown nuanced offensive games that give hope for the future. Each has their own specialty on this side of the …

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Mar 04

Orlando’s effective hi-lo set

The hi-lo is one of the most complex sets in basketball. On the surface, it looks like a simple pass between two big men, but it needs perfect timing and chemistry. Lately, the Orlando Magic have been running an interesting iteration of the hi-lo. Let’s go through it step-by-step. Things begin with a guard handling …

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Jan 14

J.J. Redick shuts down Lob City

Since the start of the season, J.J. Redick has been the subject of trade rumors and it’s easy to see why. At 28 years old, Redick is an elder statesman on a rebuilding team. Only Jameer Nelson (30) and Hedo Turkoglu (33) are older. With the Orlando Magic in the middle of a rebuilding phase, …

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Dec 24

J.J. Redick the playmaker

For years, J.J. Redick was known as just a shooter and for good reason. At Duke, Redick tortured opponents with his deadly marksmanship, setting an NCAA record for most three-point field goals made during his four-year tenure as a Blue Devil. When Redick took his talents to the NBA, he continued to show off his …

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Dec 07

The Magic’s secret weapon

What happens when you’re a team that doesn’t have a go-to scorer? Do the next best thing — have a go-to play. It’s true that the Orlando Magic’s preferred crunch time lineup — Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, Arron Afflalo, Glen Davis, and Nikola Vucevic — is one of the most efficient five-man units in the …

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Jul 25

Gustavo Ayon’s pick-and-roll abilities

You can forgive Magic fans if they don’t know much about Gustavo Ayon. When the Orlando Magic executed a sign-and-trade with the New Orleans Hornets to acquire Ayon in exchange for Ryan Anderson, a lot of people within the Magic fanbase were asking themselves, “who?” That was to be expected. While Anderson was raising his …

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