Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 46

Apr 15

Rob Hennigan and trust

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Don’t look now, but the grumbling and moaning over front office moves have ceased in Orlando, at least temporarily. Even throughout a laughable, disastrous season for the Magic, fans have generally voiced optimism, most aptly regarding the young pieces on the roster.

This is a new look for Orlando, especially considering the recent history of less-than-desirable personnel decisions by previous regimes. The bottom line right now is that the Magic fanbase has no reason whatsoever to distrust general manager Rob Hennigan, which is worth its weight in gold as Orlando enters the first of what will probably be several rebuilding drafts.

There is no question that at least part of the excitement over the budding talent in Orlando is based on the lack of star power to fuel the fire. Because of the quasi-pathetic effect this season has had on Magic fans, a collective voice is trying to make lemonade out of lemons. Maybe that is what makes Orlando a great basketball town.

Or maybe the silver lining — in the form of five very promising players — is truly a testament to Hennigan’s eye for talent. It is difficult to judge these things in small sample sizes, but we’re no longer talking about one strategic move that brought in one value player. Hennigan is responsible for Nikola Vucevic, Maurice Harkless, Andrew Nicholson, Kyle O’Quinn, and Tobias Harris.

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Apr 15

Magic unveil new look for “Silver Season”


Via Orlando Magic press release:

In celebration of the Orlando Magic’s silver season, the team has unveiled a commemorative 25th Anniversary logo. This additional look celebrates the past, incorporates the present and previews the future. As the team and the Magic brand continues to grow, the logo meshes the original pinstripe jersey design with the Magic’s current iconic star ball secondary logo, building on the heritage and history of the Magic from its birth in 1989.

“The Orlando Magic is an organization whose mission is for excellence both on and off the court. For 25 years the team’s logo has represented that excellence. This new look provides us an opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been and look forward to where we are headed,” said Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins. “Our silver season logo signifies the history we are creating each day — every game, every play, every moment really is history in the making. We are excited about the direction we are headed as we build on the legend already created as one of the winningest franchises in the Eastern Conference over the past 20 years and look forward to the future of Magic basketball.”

Apr 14

Video: Maurice Harkless throws it down

Apr 14

Grades: Boston Celtics 120, Orlando Magic 88

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Boston Celtics 120 Final
Recap | Box Score
88 Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
8-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | -25

Tobias Harris
7-16 FG | 6-8 FT | 2 BLK | 6 REB | 22 PTS | -21

Maurice Harkless
5-14 FG | 0-4 3P | 2 STL | 4 REB | 12 PTS | -37

Doron Lamb
5-7 FG | 1-2 3P | 0 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -16

Boston Celtics

Apr 13

Preview: Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic


  • Teams: Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic
  • Date: April 13, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: Fox Sports Florida
  • Arena: Amway Center


  • Celtics: 40-39
  • Magic: 20-59

Probable starters


  • Avery Bradley
  • Jeff Green
  • Paul Pierce
  • Brandon Bass
  • Kevin Garnett


  • Beno Udrih
  • Maurice Harkless
  • Tobias Harris
  • Kyle O’Quinn
  • Nikola Vuvevic

Advanced stats


  • Pace: 91.7 (16th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 102.9 (25th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 103.2 (7th of 30)


  • Pace: 92.2 (14th of 30)
  • Offensive Rating: 101.8 (27th of 30)
  • Defensive Rating: 108.8 (25th of 30)

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Apr 11

Thursday’s Magic Word

  • Dan Devine of Ball Don’t Lie: “Magic center Nikola Vucevic finished with 30 points, 20 rebounds, five assists and two blocks, which made him one of four players to post a 30-20 this season (joining Joakim Noah, Zach Randolph and DeMarcus Cousins) and gave him four 20-20 games this year, two more than anyone else in the league (Noah’s got two). [...] And in addition to sending the game to OT, Haris finished with 30 points on 13 for 20 shooting, 19 rebounds and five assists, joining Shaq as just the second player since ’85 to go for 30 and 19 before his 21st birthday.”
  • Nikola Vucevic places third in Chris Broussard’s ballot for Most Improved Player at ESPN Insider.
  • Tobias Harris gets a star from Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk for his 30-point, 19-rebound, 5-assist performance against his former team last night. The 30 points tied a career-high and the 19 rebounds were a new career-high.
  • Vucevic and Harris were standout performers against the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • John Denton of on Doron Lamb’s performance against the Bucks: “Not only did he score 16 points and pump in four 3-pointers, he had five straight points in overtime that broke open a two-point game and all but secured the victory for the Magic.”
  • Rob Mahoney of The Point Forward lists the Magic as one of the biggest surprises this season: “Magic GM Rob Hennigan is way ahead of the game. Orlando’s trade return for Dwight Howard may have seemed meager at the time, but Nikola Vucevic has blossomed into the NBA’s No. 2 rebounder (11.9 per game to go with 12.9 points), Maurice Harkless is already a useful player with plenty of room to grow and Arron Afflalo has used his new circumstances to expand his offensive game. Orlando still doesn’t have a centerpiece player on a rookie-scale deal, but that’s nonetheless a really solid haul and the Magic have three first-round picks from the deal and plenty of developmental opportunities to come.”

Apr 11

Highlights: Nikola Vucevic puts up a 30-20

Apr 11

Highlights: The revenge of Tobias Harris

Apr 11

Video: Tobias Harris forces overtime

Apr 11

Grades: Orlando Magic 113, Milwaukee Bucks 103 (OT)

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Orlando Magic 103 Final
Recap | Box Score
93 Milwaukee Bucks

Nikola Vucevic
14-26 FG | 2-3 FT | 20 REB | 5 AST | 30 PTS | +16

How about this for a mind-boggling stat? Vucevic became the first player to record at least 20 points, 20 rebounds, and five assists in consecutive games since Tim Duncan in 2003. Vucevic had 21-21-6 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday and 30-20-5 against the Bucks (the 30 points were a career-high). Vucevic may never be as great as Duncan, but he’s pretty damn good already.

Tobias Harris
13-20 FG | 3-4 3P | 19 REB | 5 AST | 30 PTS | +12

Harris was the hero after he made a game-tying 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left after Marquis Daniels waited too long to foul him with Milwaukee up three. But he was also the villain (depending on who you ask), causing a little controversy by electing to dunk the ball in the closing seconds of the overtime instead of dribbling the clock out.

Beno Udrih
6-22 FG | 1-1 3P | 4 REB | 11 AST | 13 PTS | +21

Udrih had a rough outing to say the least. In pick-and-rolls, he clanked jumpers left and right when pulling up for midrange jump shots. And he had a number of inexplicable turnovers, especially in the fourth quarter. But the Magic were able to overcome it — barely. Had they not, Udrih would have been the scapegoat for his dreadful offensive performance.

Doron Lamb
6-10 FG | 4-6 3P | 4 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | -3

It speaks volumes that Lamb not only got extended minutes, but that he played the entire fourth quarter and overtime, and drew the assignment of defending J.J. Redick. And it speaks greater volumes that Vaughn ran a sideline out-of-bounds play for Lamb coming out of a timeout in the extra frame. That Lamb scored on the play, setting a new career-high with 16 points, was only fitting.

Milwaukee Bucks

Not only did the Bucks lose in heartbreaking fashion after having the game in the bag, but the driving forces behind the Magic’s win were former Milwaukee players. You can’t help but wonder, especially if Redick walks in free agency, if the Bucks will regret letting Harris go in a trade that was meant to give them better playoff positioning this season but hasn’t.

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