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Apr 03

Wednesday’s Mini-Magic Word

Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: “As Shaq delivered his jersey-retirement speech Tuesday night at Staples Center, home of the L.A. Lakers, Dwight Howard also was in the building. Dwight was waiting in the Lakers’ lockeroom at halftime, waiting to build (or rescue) his legacy in L.A. as others paid homage to Shaq’s. In other …

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Mar 05

The Magic, analytics, and you

AP Photo/John Raoux This past weekend, six members of the Orlando Magic’s basketball operations department attended the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference at MIT. That group included general manager Rob Hennigan and assistant general manager Matt Lloyd. The event, founded by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, has been growing consistently in stature since its inception …

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Mar 04

Orlando’s effective hi-lo set

The hi-lo is one of the most complex sets in basketball. On the surface, it looks like a simple pass between two big men, but it needs perfect timing and chemistry. Lately, the Orlando Magic have been running an interesting iteration of the hi-lo. Let’s go through it step-by-step. Things begin with a guard handling …

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Jun 22

ESPN The Magazine Ultimate Standings ranks Amway Center tops in NBA

Fernando Medina/Orlando Magic Via the Orlando Magic: When it opened last October, Orlando’s Amway Center was widely hailed as the finest arena not only in the NBA, but in all of North America. And largely because of the dazzling new facility – not to mention the game-day promotions and friendly, accessible environment – the Orlando …

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Apr 26

Tuesday’s Magic Word

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy inadvertently disclosed his master plan for slowing the Atlanta Hawks tonight in Game 5 of the teams’ first-round playoff series. It involves Dwight Howard. ‘I don’t want to give away a big secret here before the game,’ Van Gundy told the media, ‘but …

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Apr 25

Recapping Games 3 and 4 for the Orlando Magic with Synergy

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Before the playoffs started, I previewed Orlando’s first round matchup using data from Synergy Sports Technology. Last week, we looked at the playoff games in Orlando. Today, let’s examine the results from the contests in Atlanta. Game 3 PPP = Points Per Possession Orlando offense Orlando’s spot-up game finally …

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Apr 15

The enigmatic and erratic Orlando Magic

Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images When it comes to championship contenders in the NBA, there’s five teams that are universally agreed upon — for the most part. Ranking them by their efficiency differentials, they are the Miami Heat (+8.6), Chicago Bulls (+8.1), Los Angeles Lakers (+6.6), San Antonio Spurs (+6.6), and Boston Celtics …

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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 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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