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Feb 20

The evolution of Channing Frye

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images Inspired by this article on Dirk Nowitzki’s changing shot selection over the years, I decided to conduct the same exercise on Channing Frye because he’s someone with a unique career arc. The fascinating thing about Frye is that his greatest strength as an NBA player (3-point shooting) …

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Jan 21

Grades: Detroit Pistons 128, Orlando Magic 118

AP Photo/Paul Sancya   Detroit Pistons 128 Final Recap | Box Score 118 Orlando Magic Nikola Vucevic 11-23 FG | 4-4 FT | 15 REB | 1 AST | 26 PTS | -22 There’s a lot of things that Vucevic does well. He’s a double-double machine (tied with DeMarcus Cousins for the league-lead with 25) …

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Dec 30

Grades: Detroit Pistons 109, Orlando Magic 86

AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack   Detroit Pistons 109 Final Recap | Box Score 86 Orlando Magic Nikola Vucevic 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -3 This was Vucevic’s worst game of the season. Part of that had to do with a lack of energy, given the …

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Nov 20

Nikola Vucevic: Center of the Magic’s offense

Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images On Monday night, Nikola Vucevic shredded the Pistons’ defense in the Magic’s 107-93 win. He knocked down midrange jump shots, he scored on the block and on putbacks, and most importantly, he was a player the Magic could throw the ball to and expect to get a decent …

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Nov 11

Patience wearing thin on Jacque Vaughn

AP Photo/John Raoux Jacque Vaughn joined the Orlando Magic at a tough time, when the franchise pressed the reset button and moved on from the SVG-Dwight era. Now, in year three as the head coach, pressure is starting to mount. Magic fans have made it clear that they don’t think he’s the right man for the …

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Aug 07

2009: The year of Jameer Nelson

Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images Looking back at Jameer Nelson’s 10-year tenure in Orlando, the 2008-09 season will forever remain his finest year in a Magic uniform. For 42 magical games, Nelson was a pick-and-roll assassin that shot the ball with deadly efficiency. Nelson’s brief transformation in becoming a basketball savant actually began in the …

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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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May 23

In defense of Jacque Vaughn

Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports When the Orlando Magic extended the contract of coach Jacque Vaughn (and GM Rob Hennigan) through the 2015-16 season, the general consensus among Magic fans was that Vaughn was not deserving of his extension. Their reasoning was simple: he has not proven to be a good head coach. Even …

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Mar 12

Tuesday’s Magic Word

If you haven’t noticed already, Tobias Harris now wears Dwight Howard’s old number for the Orlando Magic. I participated in a 5-on-5 today at ESPN.com to talk about Dwight Howard coming back to Orlando to face off against the Magic at Amway Center for the first time since being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers …

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