- A look back at Jacque Vaughn’s first season as the head coach of the Orlando Magic.
- Maurice Harkless gets recognition for his solid rookie season.
- Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “It seems all but certain this will be the final regular-season day of Turkoglu’s Magic tenure. Turkoglu is one of the key players in franchise history, but at 34 years old, he doesn’t fit into the team’s long-term plans. Plus, only $6 million of his $12 million salary for next season is guaranteed. It would make financial sense for the Magic to buy-out his contract.”
- The Magic are hoping to end the season on a positive note. They face off against the Miami Heat in tonight’s game.
- The Orlando Magic got shellacked by the Chicago Bulls in last night’s game.
- John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com: “Vucevic has become one of the NBA’s most dominant and consistent rebounders in just his second NBA season. Harris has evolved into a go-to scorer capable of a couple of 30-point games and nine 20-point games since joining the Magic in late February. Then, there’s Harkless, who at 19 years old, has already guarded a Who’s Who of NBA stars and seems to be making strides offensively from night to night. Add in the promise of first-round pick Andrew Nicholson and scrappy rookies Doron Lamb, Kyle O’Quinn and Jones and it’s easy to see why the Magic feel that brighter days are ahead for the franchise as their young players continue to blossom.”
- Maurice Harkless gets the Most Improved Player award among rookies this season.
- In the same link, David Thorpe of ESPN Insider names Harkless and Andrew Nicholson to his All-Rookie Second team.
- Take a look at the top plays of the season for the Magic.
AP Photo/John Raoux
6-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 STL | 14 REB | 17 PTS | -25
8-17 FG | 4-7 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 20 PTS | -15
6-12 FG | 4-7 FT | 2 STL | 5 REB | 16 PTS | -18
3-6 FG | 2-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +2
- Teams: Chicago Bulls at Orlando Magic
- Date: April 15, 2013
- Time: 7:00 p.m.
- Television: Fox Sports Florida
- Arena: Amway Center
- Bulls: 43-37
- Magic: 20-60
- Kirk Hinrich
- Marco Belinelli
- Jimmy Butler
- Luol Deng
- Carlos Boozer
- Beno Udrih
- E’Twaun Moore
- Maurice Harkless
- Tobias Harris
- Nikola Vuvevic
- Pace: 89.4 (27th of 30)
- Offensive Rating: 103.3 (23rd of 30)
- Defensive Rating: 103.2 (7th of 30)
- Pace: 92.2 (14th of 30)
- Offensive Rating: 101.7 (27th of 30)
- Defensive Rating: 109.0 (25th of 30)
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- David Aldridge of NBA.com selects Nikola Vucevic as his choice for Most Improved Player: “Vucevic gets the nod for doubling his points and rebounds over his rookie season in Philadelphia. Traded south as part of the Dwight Howard-Andrew Bynum-Andre Iguodala four-team deal, Vucevic is second in the league in rebounding (11.9 rpg, behind only Howard) and is shooting 51.7 percent for the otherwise woeful Magic. Vucevic grabbed a season-high 29 boards with 20 points for the Magic against Miami in December, and has 44 double-doubles, tied for third in the league.”
- John Schuhmann of NBA.com on the Orlando Magic: “Believe it or not, after their first 25 games, these Magic were 12-13 and ranked sixth defensively. That was a long time ago and since then, they’ve played (and defended) their way into a guaranteed top-five pick. It will take more than that to get them back to respectability, but this is the path they chose, which is certainly better than having traded for Andrew Bynum (but maybe not Brook Lopez).”
- Tobias Harris and Maurice Harkless have shown flashes of promise in the eyes of ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.
- Harris says that the Magic’s goal next season should be to make the playoffs, but with a loaded 2014 draft coming up, that may not be such a good idea.
- John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com praises Magic fans for coming out and supporting the team in a rebuilding year: “Despite the 20-60 record, Orlando still ranks 15th in the NBA in home attendance at 17,602 fans a night. To put that into perspective, Orlando’s average home attendance is better than that of six teams headed to the playoffs – Atlanta, Brooklyn, Houston, Indiana, Memphis and Milwaukee.”
- Head coach Jacque Vaughn earns a “C+” for the job he’s done coaching this season.
- Sean Highkin of USA TODAY Sports is excited that Orlando will be wearing throwback jerseys for select games next season in honor of the franchise’s 25-year anniversary.
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images
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.
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.”
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8-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | -25
7-16 FG | 6-8 FT | 2 BLK | 6 REB | 22 PTS | -21
5-14 FG | 0-4 3P | 2 STL | 4 REB | 12 PTS | -37
5-7 FG | 1-2 3P | 0 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -16