Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 220

Jul 07

Recap: New Jersey Nets 94, Orlando Magic 91

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The New Jersey Nets were able to defeat the Orlando Magic by the score of 94-91 on the third day of the 2010 Orlando Pro Summer League. For the Nets, it was the Damion James and Terrence Williams show. James led New Jersey with a game-high 30 points on 9-of-18 shooting, while Williams finished with 22 points, five assists, four rebounds, and two steals. Although Williams scored quite a bit for the Nets, it took him 26 shots to get to his total. Efficiency be damned. Derrick Favors only had four points and five rebounds, given that he was saddled with foul trouble. The Magic were led by Joe Crawford, who had 29 points on 10-of-13 shooting (4-of-5 from the three-point line). Paul Davis chipped in for Orlando, also, with 16 points on five shots and seven rebounds. Daniel Orton and Stanley Robinson didn’t do much.

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Jul 07

Preview: New Jersey Nets vs. Orlando Magic

5:00 EDT | NBA TV
12-70 @ 59-23
Pythagorean Record: 17-65 Pythagorean Record: 61-21
Pace: 91.4 (24th) Pace: 92.0 (18th)
Offensive Rating: 100.6 (30th) Offensive Rating: 111.4 (4th)
Defensive Rating: 110.5 (25th) Defensive Rating: 103.3 (3rd)
RDV Sportsplex | 2010 Orlando Pro Summer League

Jul 07

2009-2010 Free Agent Evaluation: Chris Duhon

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Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

Synergy-fueled player evaluations, with the help of other metrics, are always fun.

Today, Chris Duhon.

2009-2010 regular season Chris Duhon
Games Played 67
Minutes Played 30.9
adj. +/- -2.02
net +/- +1.0
statistical +/- -2.41
PER 10.7
WARP -0.5
Win Shares/48 .045

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Jul 06

Tuesday’s Magic Word

  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “The Orlando Magic’s agreement with free-agent point guard Chris Duhon could make it far more difficult for the team to re-sign popular small forward Matt Barnes. Magic General Manager Otis Smith said that he plans to use part of the team’s midlevel exception to acquire Duhon rather than package the team’s existing trade exception in a sign-and-trade deal with the New York Knicks. Duhon’s agent, Kevin Bradbury, said Duhon will complete a four-year, $15 million deal with the Magic on Thursday, the first day teams can sign free agents to new contracts. Duhon’s salary will leave fewer resources for the Magic to use if they want to bring back Barnes.”
  • Assistant coach Patrick Ewing: “[Daniel Orton] has to pick up his energy, in my opinion. He has to act like he wants the ball down there. He’s a big man. He has a big body. You’ve got to demand the ball, demand it with your presence, demand it with your mouth. If the guys are missing him, then say something to them. We need for him to dominate. We need for him to get 10-plus rebounds, double-figure points. If we’re going to win, he has to dominate along with the guys on the perimeter.”
  • The transition from college to the pros has been rough for several rookies.
  • Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel: “With Amare Stoudemire announcing he will sign the New York Knicks, the Magic’s chances of winning a championship just got harder. Granted, Stoudemire is not LeBron James and the Knicks certainly have not been the NBA’s model franchise over the last decade, but don’t kid yourself. The Knicks are a big market team with lots and lots of money. And anytime a player of Stoudemire’s caliber moves from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference, it makes it tougher on the established powers in the East (see Stan Van Gundy, Dwight Howard and rest of the Orlando Magic). Particularly if the Knicks are able to attract another big-name free agent to go with Stoudemire.”
  • Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel conducts a Q/A with Chris Duhon.
  • Zach Harper of Hardwood Paroxysm looks back at the first day of Summer League: “[Orton] was easily the worst rookie of the day. He proved that jumping into the draft and securing a first round contract was maybe the smartest thing he could ever do with his life. He sold high on his hype and now will be guaranteed at least four years in the NBA. He fumbled passes, had slow post moves with no purpose and played pretty mediocre defense. He even got in a fight with Josh McRoberts and was ejected. All of this took place in just 13 minutes of action.”
  • Jerome Randle, the next undrafted player to make it to the NBA?
  • According to Camron Ghorbi of Dime Magazine, it’s do-or-die time for Jeff Adrien: “The biggest challenge for Adrien may be proving his worth over players on his own summer team roster. He doesn’t have the range of Paul Davis, the athleticism of Stanley Robinson or the size of Daniel Orton, and his lack of shooting ability and 6-7 frame have constantly managed to keep him out of the picture as a player on the NBA fringe. But even so, it may have been Adrien who turned the most heads (okay, other than Lance Stephenson) with his strong performance on the first day of Orlando Summer League action.”
  • Video of Daniel Orton’s scuffle with Josh McRoberts.

Jul 06

Recap: Utah Jazz 78, Orlando Magic 73

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AP Photo/John Raoux

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In a thrilling game that went down to the wire, the Utah Jazz were able to defeat the Orlando Magic by the score of 78-73 on the second day of the 2010 Orlando Pro Summer League. Gordon Hayward, the Jazz’s lottery pick, led the way with an efficient 14 points on five shots and made a three-pointer with 30.2 seconds left in the game that sealed the deal. Kosta Koufos had an impressive outing for Utah, as well, with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks … thoroughly outplaying Daniel Orton when they were matched up head-to-head. Patrick Ewing Jr. got things going for the Magic, with a game-high 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting and two blocks. Paul Davis was an unsung hero for Orlando, with 13 points on six shots, five rebounds, and two blocks.

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Jul 06

Source: Orlando Magic to Sign Chris Duhon to a Four Year, $15 Million Contract

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Via Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

Otis Smith’s persistent interest and the Orlando Magic’s chance to win now helped lead Chris Duhon to reach an agreement with the defending Southeast Division champions, Duhon’s agent, Kevin Bradbury, told the Orlando Sentinel minutes ago. [...]

The agreement — first reported by ESPN.com’s Chad Ford — is for $15 million over four years, Bradbury said. Teams can’t officially sign free agents to deals until 12:01 Thursday morning, and Bradbury said he expects the deal to signed and finalized on Thursday.

Chris Duhon played alongside J.J. Redick at Duke during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 college seasons.

“He’s already friends with Jameer [Nelson] and Dwight [Howard] and also J.J. from their days at Duke,” Bradbury said. ”He knows some other guys on the team, too. So, I feel that he thinks he’s a good fit. He’s coming into a situation where the team’s a winner and he’s coming into a role where he feels like he can help out.”

Tomorrow, check back for analysis on the Duhon signing.

Jul 06

Preview: Utah Jazz vs. Orlando Magic

1:00 EDT | NBA TV
53-29 @ 59-23
Pythagorean Record: 55-27 Pythagorean Record: 61-21
Pace: 93.8 (9th) Pace: 92.0 (18th)
Offensive Rating: 110.7 (8th) Offensive Rating: 111.4 (4th)
Defensive Rating: 105.0 (10th) Defensive Rating: 103.3 (3rd)
RDV Sportsplex | 2010 Orlando Pro Summer League

Jul 05

Monday’s Magic Word

  • Tania Ganguli of the Orlando Sentinel: “[Daniel] Orton admitted to coming into camp a little bit out of shape and has been working hard to get in shape. “I didn’t want to tell [Patrick Ewing] but my legs are dead I had no explosiveness right now,” Orton said. “I’m not trying to use that as an excuse, it’s the truth.” Orton said he is glad to get his first Summer League start out of the way. His brother texted him this morning asking if he was nervous. Orton told him no, but about 30 minutes later replied again that he was. Those nerves will come and go throughout the week. He’s looking forward to learning from Ewing and Dwight Howard and has been in touch with Howard periodically since he was drafted two weeks ago. Orton said Vince Carter, who watched the Magic’s game, told him to relax after his ejection.”
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “[Stanley] Robinson grew up in Birmingham, Ala., where he received the nickname “Sticks” as a seventh-grader because he was one of the skinniest players on his middle-school football team. Robinson felt happy that the [Orlando] Magic drafted him partly because Orlando and Birmingham are just a short plane ride away. His girlfriend, Martia Simmons, and their two daughters, 5-year-old Kamilah and 3-year-old Kelsi, still live in Alabama. Magic officials interviewed Robinson during the NBA’s predraft camp in Chicago, and during that conversation, they asked him about his leave of absence from UConn. Robinson told them he left school to pay for Kamilah’s and Kelsi’s daycare costs. Robinson never expected to spend any of his college years working in an industrial plant, sorting scrap metals and plastics and stacking aluminum rims. He worked with 11 other people, half of whom didn’t speak English. Robinson carried a small, circular magnet in his pocket and held the magnet to pieces of metal. Any scraps that attracted the magnet had to be separated from the other metals. It was mind-numbing work, but Robinson did his job well.”
  • When it comes to free agency, general manager Otis Smith is not in a rush.
  • The 2010 Orlando Pro Summer League is all work and no play.
  • Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post recaps the Orlando Magic’s loss to the Indiana Pacers.
  • Not a good day for Daniel Orton.
  • Daniel Marks of Dime Magazine thinks Stanley Robinson has a future with the Magic: “Robinson is one of the most athletic players in the draft and could be a real steal for Orlando. Stan Van Gundy preaches defense, and Robinson has the ability to lock down guys on the perimeter. With Matt Barnes a free agent and rumors that Mickael Pietrus could be on his way out of town, Robinson should be with the Magic in November.”
  • Patrick Ewing Jr. is a player to watch at Summer League in Orlando: “Somehow, he’s already 26 years old. The former Georgetown player is taking the ol’ Little League route: if you can’t make a team, get your dad to coach and reap the benefits. All jokes aside, Ewing Jr. is an NBA athlete that a lot of people had pegged as a sleeper when he declared for the Draft. He doesn’t have many skills, but he is 6-8 and has some potential as a defensive stopper. Orlando could be a good spot for him.”
  • Dwight Howard will not play in the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey.

Jul 05

Recap: Indiana Pacers 86, Orlando Magic 77

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The Indiana Pacers were able to defeat the Orlando Magic by the score of 86-77 on the first day of the 2010 Orlando Pro Summer League. Lance Stephenson — the Pacers’ second round pick — was spectacular, as he finished the game with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting, four rebounds, and three assists. Indiana’s lottery pick, Paul George, had a quiet day, with 12 points and four rebounds. The Magic were led by Jeff Adrien, who had 13 points and 10 rebounds in roughly 20 minutes of action. Patrick Ewing Jr. had 17 points for Orlando, but it took him 15 shots to get to that total.

The Pacers jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter and the Magic never seriously threatened in the game, despite being able to stay within striking distance throughout.

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Jul 05

Preview: Indiana Pacers vs. Orlando Magic

3:00 EDT | NBA TV
32-50 @ 59-23
Pythagorean Record: 33-49 Pythagorean Record: 61-21
Pace: 97.1 (2nd) Pace: 92.0 (18th)
Offensive Rating: 103.7 (26th) Offensive Rating: 111.4 (4th)
Defensive Rating: 106.8 (14th) Defensive Rating: 103.3 (3rd)
RDV Sportsplex | 2010 Orlando Pro Summer League
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