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Mar 23

Linking the NCAA Tournament and NBA together, Part III

Photo by Flickr/mcdonaldsallamericangames In Part I, we discussed the idea of teams drafting winners. Part II looked at the teams who drafted winners, and how the players performed in the NBA. Part III will explore two different one-and-done scenarios, and the NCAA Tournament history of players on top NBA teams. We will also see the …

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Mar 22

Linking the NCAA Tournament and the NBA together, Part II

Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images Part I of this mini-series looked at the draft position of players who have recently appeared in the NCAA National Finals. Today, we will look at the teams who pursued these players, and how these players performed in the NBA. Tomorrow, Part III will explore two different one-and-done scenarios, and the …

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Mar 15

Advanced statistics and the democracy of talent

Photo by Grazier Photography One of my favorite movies of the past few years is Pixar’s The Incredibles. You’ve probably seen it. It’s an animated feature about a family of superheroes who are all either by nature or genetics or the grace of God gifted–and burdened–with superpowers. The movie centers around a problem that arises …

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Mar 15

Second Look: Los Angeles Lakers 97, Orlando Magic 84

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “The [Orlando] Magic couldn’t shake Kobe Bryant. Bryant stayed at The Ritz, the Magic’s team hotel, on Sunday night (he has a permanent residency there to avoid constant travel back to his home). And the Magic couldn’t get away from him Monday night, especially. Kobe shook off a sore …

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Mar 15

Recap: Los Angeles Lakers 97, Orlando Magic 84

BOX SCORE Avenging a regular season loss on February 13, the Los Angeles Lakers were able to defeat the Orlando Magic by the score of 97-84. Turnovers (18 in total) and offensive rebounds (gave up 14 of them to the Lakers) doomed the Magic. Not only did the turnovers erase possessions for Orlando offensively, but …

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Mar 14

Sneak Preview: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Lakers

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “Hey, who else to give out medical advice but Grant Hill? Hill, who told the Sentinel he plans on playing until he is 40, warned Magic SG J.J. Redick to be wary of his lower abdominal injury. Hill sustained a sports hernia or athletic sports pubalgia, when he played …

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Mar 10

On beating the narrative

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images I sat down today intent on writing about the question on most of our lips as we watch the Magic these days: Which is the team we’re going to get? Is it the Heat-beaters with an attacking point guard and a dominant center and prolific role players, or is it …

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Mar 07

Monday’s Magic Word

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “[Dwight] Howard will sit out tonight’s Magic game against the Portland Trail Blazers because he has accumulated 16 technical fouls this season. In the NBA, a player receives an automatic one-game suspension without pay if he compiles 16 techs during the regular season. A player also receives an additional …

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Feb 28

Dwight Howard and the elusive MVP award

Photo by Fernando Medina The MVP award is one of the hardest to define, and though usually it is given to a statistically dominant player, it occasionally goes to a guy whose stats don’t tell the whole story. Sometimes critics agree that a certain player is dominant even if other players have a statistical edge. …

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Feb 22

Dwight Howard and the power of one

Photo by Fernando Medina In case you haven’t seen, read, or heard, Carmelo Anthony has been traded to the New York Knicks and will be teaming up with Amar’e Stoudemire to form a dynamic duo that will surely make noise in the Eastern Conference. No, the Knicks won’t be contenders in the East — not …

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