Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 43

Dec 09

Magic to honor Dennis Scott on December 13

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Via Orlando Magic press release:

In continuation of the Orlando Magic’s 25th anniversary season-long celebration the team will honor the Magic’s 3-point field goal leader, Dennis Scott, at the Magic’s December 13 matchup vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers, tip-off set for 7 p.m. The night will feature a center court presentation at the end of the first quarter. Scott will also join FOX Sports Florida’s broadcasts including Magic Live pregame show with hosts Paul Kennedy and Nick Anderson and join broadcasters David Steele and Jeff Turner for a portion of the game broadcast. Leading up to the night, he will be featured on Magic Drive Time radio show with host Dante Marchitelli on Thursday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m. on 740 The Game. In addition, the first 2,500 fans will receive a collectible 8×10 photo featuring Scott and Magic guard Jameer Nelson. Scott will be available to the media at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 13 in the Amway Center interview room.

“Legends Nights” is an on-going program which will honor former players/legends throughout the Magic’s Silver Season. In addition to the Magic’s “Legends Nights”, the 2013-14 season will feature the Silver Ticket Sweepstakes and Scratch Off Promotion, special appearances, game entertainment and other events throughout the season.

The Magic’s fourth pick in the 1990 NBA Draft out of Georgia Tech, Scott played seven seasons for Orlando from 1990-97. In 446 career regular season games with the Magic, he averaged 14.8 ppg., 3.1 rpg., 2.3 apg. and 1.0 spg. Scott ranks as the franchise’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals made (981) and in the top ten in games played (446 – seventh), points (6,603 – eighth), steals (429 – seventh), assists (1,034 – ninth), field goals made (2421 – eighth), field goals attempted (5,737 – sixth), 3-point field goals attempted (2,432 – second) and minutes played (13,692 – eighth).

Dec 08

Grades: Houston Rockets 98, Orlando Magic 88

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Houston Rockets 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
88 Orlando Magic

Victor Oladipo
2-11 FG | 4-6 FT | 3 STL | 4 AST | 8 PTS | -25

It was horrible shooting night for Oladipo in a game where it seemed like nothing would fall for him. There were some positives, though. Like his knack for drawing fouls, which comes in handy on nights like these where his shot has gone awry. He got out of control with his dribble a few times, but only turned the ball over twice.

Glen Davis
8-18 FG | 2-4 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS | -10

Davis continued his hot play and was one of the only bright spots for the Magic. He looked smooth on the offensive end, especially in pick-and-roll sets. He could have given a little bit more effort on the glass, though. Houston took advantage of Davis — and the rest of Orlando’s big men with Vucevic out — and gobbled up 15 offensive rebounds.

Arron Afflalo
6-17 FG | 1-6 3P | 9 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | -17

Afflalo was efficient for most of the game, until he started chucking up shots at the end to try to spur a comeback. I’m still not a fan of some of the fadeaway midrange Js he takes, but they’re going down right now. He was the top rebounder on the Magic, which speaks to the team’s lackluster performance on the boards.

Jameer Nelson
5-12 FG | 4-6 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | -14

Nelson was adept finishing at the rim around former teammate Dwight Howard and hit a few big shots that got the Magic back into it at the end. He had some nice chemistry with Big Baby on pick-and-rolls and pick-and-pops, and came off the pick firing from behind the 3-point line when the Rockets’ bigs dropped back to protect the paint.

Houston Rockets

The Rockets were generally sloppy and were aided by the Magic’s inability to make even the simplest shots. With Vucevic nursing a sprained left ankle, they were able to parlay their size advantage into a sizable edge in the rebounding department. Houston also got a lot of free throws in a game that was a blowout for most of the second half.

Dec 08

Preview: Orlando Magic at Houston Rockets


  • Teams: Orlando Magic at Houston Rockets
  • Date: December 8, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Toyota Center


  • Magic: 6-13
  • Rockets: 14-7

Probable starters


  • Jameer Nelson
  • Victor Oladipo
  • Arron Afflalo
  • Andrew Nicholson
  • Glen Davis


  • Patrick Beverley
  • James Harden
  • Chandler Parsons
  • Terrence Jones
  • Dwight Howard

Advanced stats


  • Pace: 95.2 (12th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 102.2 (23rd of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 106.8 (23rd of 30)


  • Pace: 96.4 (5th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 110.3 (2nd of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 104.1 (10th of 30)

Read about the Rockets


Dec 07

Grades: New York Knicks 121, Orlando Magic 83

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New York Knicks 121 Final
Recap | Box Score
83 Orlando Magic

Victor Oladipo
5-13 FG | 5-8 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 17 PTS | -23

Arron Afflalo
8-15 FG | 2-5 3P | 1 REB | 3 AST | 20 PTS | -18

Jameer Nelson
4-8 FG | 3-6 3P | 3 STL | 9 REB | 13 PTS | -11

Andrew Nicholson
4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 BLK | 3 REB | 8 PTS | -20

New York Knicks

Dec 07

Video: Victor Oladipo stonewalls Carmelo Anthony

Dec 06

Preview: Orlando Magic at New York Knicks


  • Teams: Orlando Magic at New York Knicks
  • Date: December 6, 2013
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Madison Square Garden


  • Magic: 6-12
  • Knicks: 4-13

Probable starters


  • Jameer Nelson
  • Victor Oladipo
  • Arron Afflalo
  • Andrew Nicholson
  • Glen Davis


  • Raymond Felton
  • Iman Shumpert
  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Andrea Bargnani
  • Kenyon Martin

Advanced stats


  • Pace: 95.5 (10th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 102.7 (22nd of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 105.2 (16th of 30)


  • Pace: 90.4 (29th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 103.4 (19th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 107.9 (28th of 30)

Read about the Knicks


Dec 06

Arron Afflalo’s improved play: fluke or trend?

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Arron Afflalo fascinates. Not his actual game, per se, but the unique off- and on-court circumstances that permeate it.

Playing — by far — the best basketball of his career on a near-bargain contract with two years (including the present one) and a player option remaining, the 28 year-old is at a crossroads nevertheless. Afflalo was popular trade fodder coming into the season, owed as much to his underwhelming debut campaign with the Magic in 2012-13.

The player Orlando expected Afflalo to be this season is a very valuable one, but less so to a team in its unique position. Legitimately impactful two-way shooting guards are few and far between in today’s NBA, and every contender could use an additional “3-and-D” threat to guard the league’s elite perimeter talents and stretch the floor on the other end.

The question wasn’t whether or not Rob Hennigan would shop Afflalo at February’s trade deadline, but what the Magic could get for him. Remember, his stock took a hit after a disappointing season last year, and there was nothing to suggest a coming renaissance.

But Afflalo’s rewritten the narrative over a month into 2013-14, perhaps drastically altering the course of his career in the process.

Can Orlando really trade a guy whose 21.4 PER leads all shooting guards? That ranks ninth in points per game at 22.6? Who is playing like arguably the best player at his position in the NBA?

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Dec 05

3-on-3: Surprises and disappointments

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What’s caught our eyes through the Magic’s first month of the season? Our panel weighs in with their most pleasant surprises and disappointments thus far.

1. Which player has been the biggest surprise?

Jacob Frankel: Andrew Nicholson. He himself hasn’t been a surprise, but his scant playing time has been one. He has an incredibly soft touch around the rim, and he’s extending his range to the 3-point line now. It seems like Vaughn is worried about his defense, but Nicholson won’t pick up the nuances of NBA defenses sitting on the bench.

Spencer Lund: Arron Afflalo. E’Twaun Moore is sporting a solid .538 True Shooting percentage — making me feel like a pessimistic jerk — but Afflalo is showing an offensive game that’s been astounding through the season’s first month. He’s still shooting over 45 percent beyond the arc for the year despite attempting almost five and a half 3s a game.

Jack Winter: Arron Afflalo. Many assumed that Afflalo — long considered Orlando’s best two-way player — would be trade-bait at February’s deadline. Just over a month into the season, though, Afflalo almost seems untouchable. He’s not only playing the best basketball of his career right now, but making the type of offensive impact reserved only for the game’s top players.

2. Which player has been the biggest disappointment?

Frankel: Maurice Harkless. Harkless has all the tools, but what he is struggling with right now is figuring out how to use them. There are awesome flashes, but he rarely seems to be able to do the right things at the right times in the team scheme. Maybe Harkless will gain a better understanding over time.

Lund: Maurice Harkless. I thought he would make more of a leap this season offensively, and while he’s still a threat to cut backdoor along the baseline, his shooting hasn’t improved as much as fans would like — maybe he should ask Moore for advice? His defense has also fallen off slightly, but maybe I was expecting too much. He’s still very young.

Winter: Tobias Harris. The 21-year-old Harris might be the Magic’s best offensive player, but we have no way of knowing — he’s played in just one game this season due to a high ankle sprain. With no set timetable for his return, Orlando will continue lacking the opportunity to see how he fits in the team’s long-term plans.

3. What storyline stands out to you the most?

Frankel: Oladipo’s struggles. He’s turning the ball over a ton and the shooting has been spotty. He’s shown the reasons the Magic drafted him No. 2 though, with athletic drives and finishes and hounding defense. I’m interested to see how he improves. Top picks from last year like Bradley Beal put together big second halves after struggling to begin with.

Lund: Waiting for Tobias Harris and his Unbreakable ankles has been difficult since a lot of us were drinking the Tobias kool-aid last year. But he continues to sit out with a high ankle sprain, and this is starting to look malignant. Whatever supernatural chants are available to get him healthy should be uttered now by Magic brass.

Winter: Whether or not Afflalo or Nelson will be traded by the February deadline. Both Magic veterans seemed like prime candidates for trades to contenders at the deadline coming into this season, but things are markedly different now. Afflalo is playing like a star, and Nelson’s been a valuable off-court presence to a team littered with impressionable youngsters.

Dec 04

Highlights: Afflalo scores career-high 43 points

Dec 04

Highlights: Big Baby scores career-high 33 points

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