Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 236

Jun 13

Sunday’s Magic Word

  • Dan Savage of OrlandoMagic.com: “While [Marcin] Gortat may be the most intimidating member of his teammates in the ring – his sheer size makes him resemble Rocky IV’s Ivan Drago whenever he swings away at a sparring partner – he’s not the only [Orlando] Magic player involved in stepping between the ropes. Rogowski routinely brings each member of Orlando’s roster to Gym Rat Boxing & Fitness during the offseason. After the team spends their entire season working on the basketball court, Rogowski finds that a different training method assists in keeping their excitement level high. It’s an idea that has proven results. Players such as Ryan Anderson, Brandon Bass and Adonal Foyle have even adopted boxing into their regular season routine, in order to keep their conditioning level high when they’re not getting as many minutes on the court. Former members of the Magic, Courtney Lee and Tony Battie, still migrate back during the offseason to continue their training in the ring.”
  • Ben Q. Rock of Orlando Pinstriped Post offers some commentary at potential draft prospects for the Orlando Magic. Remember, the Magic have the 29th and 59th picks in the 2010 NBA Draft.
  • Matt Moore of ProBasketballTalk chimes in on Dwight Howard working out with Hakeem Olajuwon in Houston: “Howard’s only true weak point in his game is his lack of a genuine post game. He has a semi-functional driving hook, which is like trying to kick-start that 1978 Volvo in your uncle’s backyard, half the time it just kicks out smoke. He’s got a small turnaround floater, but it mostly looks like an accident. His up-and-under dunk is solid and practiced, but defensible, especially in a series with time to prepare. Which is what makes Howard’s potential work with Olajuwon (and we have no confirmation they’re working out) so exciting/downright terrifying. He’s already one of the best players in the league, an MVP candidate. Olajuwon is arguably the greatest center of the last 30 years, one of the greatest centers of all time, and the strongest part of his game was his footwork and offensive prowess. The Dream could hurt you in a million different ways, stringing together moves in combinations his opponent couldn’t prepare for. That may be the best thing Olajuwon can teach Howard.”
  • Ryen Russillo of ESPN Insider: “[Willie] Warren has a chance to go in the first round based on his ability to get to the rim. This past season was a disaster though. His shooting was terrible and the team fell apart with him as the leader. Ask any scout, and you’ll hear horror stories about Warren’s immaturity and lack of commitment. If Warren doesn’t grow up, he will be a waste of a pick.”

Jun 13

Magic Basketball Mailbag Debut

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Quick announcement.

Inspired by other sites in the blogosphere and after receiving positive feedback with the idea on Twitter a few days ago, I’d like to start a ‘mailbag feature’ at Magic Basketball.

It’s quite simple, really. You, the reader, e-mail me inquiries related to the Orlando Magic and I’ll be more than happy to answer them with either statistical analysis or detailed commentary. I will respect and maintain anonymity for each person that asks a question but if you’d like to pass a name along, feel free to notify me in your message and I’ll gladly grant the 15 minutes of fame. Also, I’ll post questions and answers once a week, at minimum, but depending on how many messages I get in my inbox, I may make multiple posts every couple of days.

I figure, more than anything else, the mailbags will offer a chance for you to get answers to your questions and make yourselves feel like you’re part of the site, which exists solely for your benefit to learn more about the Magic.

Let’s give this a trial run and see how it goes next week.

You can reach me at eddy.rivera7 [at] gmail [dot] com

Jun 11

2009-2010 Player Evaluation: Dwight Howard

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

Today, the centers.

2009-2010 regular season Dwight Howard
Games Played 82
Minutes Played 34.7
adj. +/- +24.97
net +/- +10.2
statistical +/- +7.21
PER 24.0
WARP 19.2
Win Shares/48 .223

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Jun 11

2009-2010 Player Evaluation: Marcin Gortat

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

Today, the centers.

2009-2010 regular season Marcin Gortat
Games Played 81
Minutes Played 13.4
adj. +/- +13.73
net +/- -7.8
statistical +/- -1.73
PER 13.9
WARP 2.3
Win Shares/48 .151

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Jun 10

2009-2010 Player Evaluation: Rashard Lewis

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

Today, the power forwards.

2009-2010 regular season Rashard Lewis
Games Played 72
Minutes Played 32.9
adj. +/- -6.31
net +/- -0.8
statistical +/- +1.74
PER 14.0
WARP 2.5
Win Shares/48 .132

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Jun 10

2009-2010 Player Evaluation: Brandon Bass

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

Today, the power forwards.

2009-2010 regular season Brandon Bass
Games Played 50
Minutes Played 13.0
adj. +/- N/A
net +/- -4.9
statistical +/- -2.65
PER 16.5
WARP 1.1
Win Shares/48 .147

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Jun 10

2009-2010 Player Evaluation: Ryan Anderson

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

Today, the power forwards.

2009-2010 regular season Ryan Anderson
Games Played 63
Minutes Played 14.4
adj. +/- +0.65
net +/- +1.8
statistical +/- +1.97
PER 18.1
WARP 2.7
Win Shares/48 .161

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Jun 09

Orlando Magic to Host AirTran Airways Pro Summer League

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Via the Orlando Magic:

The Orlando Magic will host the 2010 AirTran Airways Pro Summer League at the RDV Sportsplex from July 5-9. The 20-game event will feature the Orlando Magic, New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics and the Charlotte Bobcats.

Due to space limitations, the event is not open to the public and will be open only to the media and professional team/league personnel. Games will begin at 1 p.m. from July 5-8, and at 8 a.m. on July 9. Fans can follow the action, get box scores, game recaps and cumulative statistics by visiting www.orlandomagic.com.

Jun 09

2009-2010 Player Evaluation: Mickael Pietrus

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

Today, the small forwards.

2009-2010 regular season Mickael Pietrus
Games Played 75
Minutes Played 22.5
adj. +/- -9.32
net +/- -7.2
statistical +/- -0.36
PER 11.9
WARP -0.1
Win Shares/48 .103

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Jun 09

2009-2010 Player Evaluation: Matt Barnes

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

Today, the small forwards.

2009-2010 regular season Matt Barnes
Games Played 81
Minutes Played 25.9
adj. +/- -1.06
net +/- +6.6
statistical +/- +1.34
PER 13.6
WARP 2.6
Win Shares/48 .135

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