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Oct 22

Grades: Houston Rockets 90, Orlando Magic 89

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images   Houston Rockets 90 Final Recap | Box Score 89 Orlando Magic Nikola Vucevic 6-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 BLK | 6 REB | 12 PTS | 0 The newly-minted $53 million man had himself a near-flawless game against the Rockets. It helped that Houston didn’t …

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Oct 22

The ramifications of Nikola Vucevic’s extension

Photo by David Manning-USA TODAY Sports According to the Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins, the Orlando Magic and Nikola Vucevic have agreed to a four-year, $53 million extension. The timing of the extension doesn’t come as a huge surprise. The Magic had until October 31 to reach an agreement with Vucevic. If not, he would’ve been …

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Oct 16

Player Profile: Nikola Vucevic

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images Frankel’s 2014-15 per 36 projections PPG RPG APG TS% PER ASPM 16.5 11.8 2.1 .540 18.9 +0.9 After being traded from the Sixers to the Magic in the blockbuster Dwight Howard deal, Nikola Vucevic had a breakout season as a sophomore in his 2012-13 campaign. He went on …

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Oct 14

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel suggests that the Magic should start Elfrid Payton on opening night, but wonders if it’ll actually happen: “Vaughn and the Magic know he’s got the goods. They just don’t want to announce Payton’s arrival with horns blaring. They have no desire to build him (or any other player) into …

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Oct 10

Player Profile: Maurice Harkless

Photo by Elsa/Getty Images Frankel’s 2014-15 per 36 projections PPG RPG APG TS% PER ASPM 11.3 4.8 1.5 .536 12.1 -0.4 One of the major story lines heading into the 2013-14 season centered on Harkless spending the offseason reconstructing his jump shot. The thinking was that if Harkless could develop a consistent shot, specifically from …

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Aug 13

Analyzing how Channing Frye fits with the Magic

Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images The Orlando Magic are being patient with their rebuild, which is a good sign for Magic fans (even if they are growing restless). It’s going to take time for the Magic to construct a roster that mirrors anything like the one that made them title contenders in the …

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Aug 08

Dallas: The next chapter

Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images With Jameer Nelson having finalized a two-year, $6 million deal with the Mavericks last month, he joins just his second different team of his 10-season tenure in the NBA. As has been covered comprehensively during “Jameer Week” here at Magic Basketball, Nelson has been a model for consistency (sans his …

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Aug 06

The measuring stick of NBA starting point guards

Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images Despite my disdain for the first-person POV that dominates NBA writing these days, it’s the only way for me to talk about Jameer Nelson with any sort of individuation. “I” must recount specific memories or encounters “I” had. These would be lost under a third-person objective, or the editorial “we” …

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Aug 05

Jameer Nelson, the Magic’s unsung hero

Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images In January of 2012, I flew to Orlando to cover a couple Magic games. This was my first chance to get inside an NBA locker room and momentarily morph from an analytical blogger to a journalist. It was jarring, to say the least, but a couple of memories will stick …

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Aug 04

The end of an era

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images From 2007 to 2012, the Orlando Magic were a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference. Over those five seasons, they won 65.7 percent of their regular season games, represented the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals once, raised three Southeast Division banners, and posted a playoff record of 31-28 …

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