Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 50

Jul 07

Grades: Orlando Magic 95, Boston Celtics 88


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Orlando Magic 95 Final
Recap | Box Score
88 Boston Celtics

Victor Oladipo
5-13 FG | 6-8 FT | 5 STL | 7 AST | 18 PTS | +4

Orlando’s prized rookie wasn’t perfect, but his Magic debut was everything both the team and fans wanted to see. He had eight points in the opening nine minutes of play, looked surprisingly comfortable running the team, and showed off his vaunted defensive acumen. His energy, and as a consequence his performance, waned slightly in the second half, but his overall line is something that should excite the Magic faithful.

Romero Osby
7-8 FG | 4-5 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 18 PTS | +1

The selection of Osby in the second round may have raised a few eyebrows, but if Osby’s performance showed us anything, it’s to trust in Hennigan and his team of evaluators. Osby’s 18 points were nice, but more than that, the way he operated within the team scheme, on both sides of the ball, was truly impressive. Between he and O’Quinn, the Magic will not lack for energy bigs.

Kyle O’Quinn
3-6 FG | 5-7 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | +3

O’Quinn was perfectly solid, putting up a double-double. More valuable than anything that showed on the stat line, however, was O’Quinn’s frequent (seriously, he never stopped talking) communication on both sides of the ball. Be it calling out screens on defense, or helping direct the point guards on defense, O’Quinn’s constant chatter was crucial to the high energy displayed by the Magic.

Andrew Nicholson
1-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +10

Nicholson had about as good of a bad shooting performance as possible. The second-year forward had more than his fair share of touches in the post, and each time he received the ball down low, he sought to punish his defender — most frequently Kelly Olynyk. On defense, Nicholson never stopped talking, which is seems to be typical of all Orlando frontcourt players.

Boston Celtics

The Celtics’ Summer League roster isn’t exactly the most exciting, nor of the highest quality in terms of players, and it showed on the court. Were it not for Kelly Olynyk, this game wouldn’t have been as close as it seemed. Give credit to Olynyk, though: he showed off a terrific shooting touch, knocking down jumpers with little, if any, difficulty.

Jul 07

Video: DeQuan Jones jumps to the moon

Jul 07

Magic sign first round pick Victor Oladipo


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Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic have signed rookie guard Victor Oladipo, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.

Oladipo was selected in the first round (second overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft. He will participate in the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League, taking place at the Magic’s practice court at the Amway Center from July 7-12, 2013.

Oladipo (6’5”, 214, 5/4/92) appeared in 104 career games during three seasons at Indiana University, averaging 10.7 ppg., 5.2 rpg., 1.7 apg. and 1.55 spg. in 24.6 mpg. He ranks third in Indiana history in career steals (161) and scored 1,117 points with the Hoosiers.

Jul 01

Magic announce Summer League roster

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Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic have released their roster for the 2013 Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League.

The event takes place at the team’s practice court at the Amway Center from July 7-12, 2013. The 25-game, six-day event will feature the Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz.

For the complete game schedule for the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League, click here.

Jun 28

Magic to hire Jeff Turner as color commentator

Via Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

The Orlando Magic have reached an agreement in principle with former Magic player Jeff Turner to serve as the team’s color commentator on its Fox Sports Florida TV broadcasts, the Orlando Sentinel has learned.

Turner, 51, is expected to sign a multiyear deal.

He will team with longtime play-by-play man David Steele and will replace popular color commentator Matt Guokas, whose contract wasn’t renewed by the team following the 2012-13 season.

Magic officials would not comment.

Jun 28

Romero Osby selected in second round by Orlando

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Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic selected forward Romero Osby in the second round (51st overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft.

Osby (6’8”, 230, 5/7/90) appeared and started in 63 career games during two seasons at the University of Oklahoma, averaging 14.4 ppg., 7.2 rpg. and 1.1 apg. in 29.4 mpg., while shooting .509 (321-631) from the field. He also played in 71 games (three starts) in two seasons at Mississippi State University, averaging 4.2 ppg. and 2.6 rpg. in 12.8 mpg.

Last season as a senior (2012-13), Osby played in 32 games (31 starts), averaging 16.0 ppg., 7.0 rpg. and 1.3 apg. in 28.7 mpg., while shooting .526 (174-331) from the field. He was an All-Big 12 First Team selection, leading the Sooners in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and minutes played. Osby ranked among Big 12 leaders in scoring (second), field goal percentage (fourth), rebounding (fifth), free throw percentage (fifth, .795) and blocked shots (11th, 0.84 bpg.).

Jun 27

Victor Oladipo selected in first round by Orlando

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Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic selected guard Victor Oladipo in the first round (second overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft.

Oladipo (6’5”, 214, 5/4/92) appeared in 104 career games during three seasons at Indiana University, averaging 10.7 ppg., 5.2 rpg., 1.7 apg. and 1.55 spg. in 24.6 mpg. He ranks third in Indiana history in career steals (161) and scored 1,117 points with the Hoosiers.

Last season as a junior (2012-13), Oladipo played and started in all 36 games, averaging 13.6 ppg., 6.3 rpg., 2.1 apg. and 2.17 spg. in 28.4 mpg., while shooting .599 (182-304) from the field and .441 (30-68) from three-point range. He helped the Hoosiers reach their second straight trip to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and Indiana’s first outright Big Ten regular season championship since 1993.

Oladipo set an Indiana single-season record in steals (78) while leading the Big Ten in field goal percentage and steals. He was named First Team All-American by The Associated Press, The Sporting News and the NABC, earned The Sporting News National Player of the Year, and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Oladipo was also a finalist for the Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, given to the National Player of the Year.

Jun 18

Magic to open 2013-14 preseason in Jacksonville

Via Orlando Magic press release:

The Orlando Magic will open the 2013 preseason at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday, October 9 against New Orleans. Tip-off is 7 p.m.

This marks the third time that the Orlando Magic have played a preseason game in Jacksonville, with their last trip coming in 2008. The remainder of the Magic’s preseason schedule will be released at a later date. Orlando will open training camp on October 1 at Amway Center.

May 24

Magic decline to renew Matt Guokas’ contract


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Via Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

A mainstay of the Orlando Magic’s television broadcasting crew won’t be back for the 2013-14 season.

Team officials have decided not to renew the contract of Matt Guokas, the team’s color commentator on local TV broadcasts since the 2004-05 season.

Team spokesman Joel Glass wouldn’t give a reason for the decision, but he said, “Matty has been and will always be a valued part of Magic history. We truly appreciate his commitment and service to the organization.” [...]

Guokas, 69, was paired with play-by-play man David Steele.

Steele will remain in his customary role, Glass said.

But Glass added that no decision has been made on who will replace Guokas.

One possibility is Jeff Turner, who played seven seasons for the Magic, from 1989-90 through 1995-96.

Turner, 51, occasionally served as Guokas’ fill-in on Magic broadcasts last season when Guokas missed games because of illness.

May 24

3-on-3: Who should be the No. 2 pick?


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Who’s the best player available for the Orlando Magic in the 2013 draft? Our experts weigh in on overall game, upside, and who the Magic should ultimately choose with the No. 2 pick.

1. Who’s the second-best player in the 2013 draft?

Jacob Frankel: Otto Porter. He may not be flashy, but he’s a versatile, athletic 3-and-D style wing. He certainly won’t develop into a star, but he’s a player with Luol Deng-type upside, and those are the role players you want in today’s NBA. Long wings who can defend and space the floor are becoming more a necessity than luxury in the NBA.

Spencer Lund: Nerlens Noel. He’s got all the things draft experts love: length, upside, defensive-oriented, plus a good smile and nickname potential. Double-double machine in college and defended the rim (4.4 blocks per game in 31 minutes). But he’s also going to miss significant time this year, and you just never know with his knee.

Noam Schiller: Ben McLemore. I know, I’m not very excited either. This draft kind of lacks star power up top. Not since 2005, when Andrea Bargnani was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the top overall pick, have we seen a shortage of talent .

2. Which player has the best upside at No. 2?

Frankel: Michael Carter-Williams. A crude statistical model I’ve built gives him a higher than 30 percent chance of making an All-Star team, but also gives him a 15 percent chance of being out of the league within four years. If he can work out the kinks in his game (he’s prone to dumbfounding decision-making), he’ll be a player to be reckoned with.

Lund: Victor Oladipo. He’s incredibly hard-working, and one scout said at the combine “he’s humble but confident.” Humility AND some ego: perfect! He’s working on his shooting, but it’s a weakness. He’s athletic and everyone loved him at the combine. He could be amazing if he keeps working hard.

Schiller: Victor Oladipo. I call in the Kawhi Leonard precedent: if a hyper-athletic, high-motor, smart player can be developed properly, flaws in skill can be overcome. I don’t know if Oladipo can develop those tools, but the prospect is intriguing.

3. Who should the Magic select at No. 2?

Frankel: Otto Porter. I’m a staunch believer in taking the best player available and not catering to the needs of the roster. Get the best player — figure out roster redundancies and deficiencies later. Also, adding this type of player to the core, one without immediate sky-high potential, won’t compromise the chance at a high pick in next season’s loaded lottery.

Lund: Ben McLemore. He’s the most talented player in the draft. He’s a tremendous shooter and athletic enough to get to the rim against anyone. Most teams said he was gracious and revealing in interviews. BUT, one scout said, “Ben has zero [expletive] in him.” You need that [expletive] on the court, which is why there are questions about his motor.

Schiller: Trey Burke. Drafting by position can be dangerous, but there isn’t a lot that separates the 3-4 guys behind presumed first pick Nerlens Noel. The Magic need to think about their point guard situation post-Jameer.

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