Magic Basketball: An Orlando Magic blog - Part 53

Jul 08

Grades: Oklahoma City Thunder 79, Orlando Magic 78

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Oklahoma City Thunder 79 Final
Recap | Box Score
78 Orlando Magic

Andrew Nicholson
7-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 19 PTS | -4

Nicholson rebounded from his poor shooting performance on Sunday. He wasn’t backing down people as often as he did against the Celtics, but he still showed off his polished post game and even stepped out a few times to shoot the mid-range J (though, that produced mixed results). Nicholson needs to improve his awareness from the post, specifically when he’s double-teamed, something he struggled with today.

Maurice Harkless
3-8 FG | 8-12 FT | 3 STL | 5 REB | 14 PTS | +14

He didn’t shoot the ball well, but Harkless looked much improved in several aspects of his game, especially dribbling. He handled the ball in pick-and-rolls and drove to the rim, and looked comfortable doing so. He feasted at the line and played some very good man defense. Unfortunately, Harkless didn’t have the range today, missing several open jumpers, including two jump shots.

Victor Oladipo
2-12 FG | 8-10 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 12 PTS | -6

It wasn’t the stellar performance of his Summer League debut, but Oladipo still had a solid outing. His shooting left much to be desired, but what was very encouraging was his adjustments. Rather than continue to settle for jumpers, Oladipo drove to the basket much more in the second half. He wasn’t as steady running the point today, but the pressure he’s facing now is beneficial to his development.

Rodney McGruder
2-5 FG | 0-2 3P | 2 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -11

His stat line won’t jump out at you, but the K-State alum moved off the ball well. He made a nice read off a Nicholson post-up, cutting to the lane and sinking a floater. He’ll need to show more on both ends of the ball if he’s going to fill a 3-and-D role for the Magic, so we’ll see if he’s able to do so as the week progresses.

Oklahoma City Thunder

They never stopped fighting, and put themselves in great position to win the game during the last few minutes. Jeremy Lamb wasn’t spectacular, but his crossover on Harkless and subsequent step-back game-winning jumper sealed a come-from-behind victory. Dwight Buycks continues to impress. He had 11 points and five assists, yet even those numbers don’t do proper justice to how well he moves the ball and operates the offense.

Jul 08

Video: Jeremy Lamb hits the game-winning jumper

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.

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