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Six cancer survivors are honored by Magic
Six cancer survivors are honored by Magic
about 2 hours ago
Five dollars from every ticket purchased to the Oct. 20 game through orlandomagic.com/pink will support the funding of mammograms; Magic encourage fans to wear pink to Oct. 20 game
Five dollars from every ticket purchased to the Oct. 20 game through orlandomagic.com/pink will support the funding of mammograms; Magic encourage fans to wear pink to Oct. 20 game
about 3 hours ago
Wednesday night, the Orlando Magic will visit the New Orleans Pelicans for a preseason game in Jacksonville, their first in the River City since October 18th, 2008. And as Don Coble of the Florida Times-Union reports, the Magic want to s...
Wednesday night, the Orlando Magic will visit the New Orleans Pelicans for a preseason game in Jacksonville, their first in the River City since October 18th, 2008. And as Don Coble of the Florida Times-Union reports, the Magic want to strengthen their relationship with Jacksonville by having an NBA D-League franchise based there. More NBA D-League coverage: Ridiculous Upside "We've made it clear to the [NBA] league we’d like to make this happen," Magic CEO Alex Martins told Coble. Jacksonville is currently home to the Jacksonville Giants, an ABA franchise which began play in 2010. Giants owner Ron Sholes told Coble that one of his goals, when he founded the team, was for it to eventually grow into a D-League franchise. Ask OPP Evan Dunlap and Tyler Lashbrook are always taking your Magic questions for the site's Mailbag feature. Send 'em to OPPMailbag@gmail.com. Of the 17 NBA D-League franchises, 14 have a single-affiliate relationship with an NBA club, leaving 13 NBA teams to share the three non-affiliated D-League teams. Orlando's affiliate for the 2013/14 season is the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, based out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The distance between Orlando and Fort Wayne complicates the Magic's potential to benefit from the D-League. "If we send someone there for rehab it's hard to monitor them," Martins said. "Distance is an issue. It's too far away." In August, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reported that Orlando indeed wanted its own D-League affiliate. More from Orlando Pinstriped Post: Magic "at" Pelicans: Complete coverage Atlantic and Pacific NBA previews To break out, Harkless must improve as a shooter Pepsi releases Magic anniversary cans Camp notebook: Doron Lamb injures ankle
about 4 hours ago
Dwight Howard credits Stan Van Gundy for helping him decide on Houston Rockets: Van Gundy said Rockets provided a system that will help Dwight thrive
Dwight Howard credits Stan Van Gundy for helping him decide on Houston Rockets: Van Gundy said Rockets provided a system that will help Dwight thrive
about 5 hours ago
Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Frankel’s 2013-14 projections PPG RPG APG TS% PER 17.9 7.5 1.9 55.4 18.8 After being buried on the bench for the first half of last season, Tobias Harris broke out in a big way after being...
Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Frankel’s 2013-14 projections PPG RPG APG TS% PER 17.9 7.5 1.9 55.4 18.8 After being buried on the bench for the first half of last season, Tobias Harris broke out in a big way after being inserted into the starting lineup for the Orlando Magic. His per 36 numbers with the Milwaukee Bucks always indicated that he could be a big producer, and when finally given the minutes in Orlando, he flourished. With the Magic, Harris functioned as one of the primary focuses on offense, owning the third-highest usage rate (23.1 percent) after he joined the team. And he used the majority of those possessions wisely last season. Most of Harris’ offense came at the rim or from behind the 3-point line, the two most efficient spots on the floor. Harris will likely be an offensive focal point again this season, as the Magic have very few players cut out for high usage roles. How a full season of heavy usage and defenses focusing on him effects his efficiency is a big question mark, as he wasn’t that efficient of a player offensively last season (he posted a True Shooting percentage of .524 percent). He created a lot of offense for himself with post ups and isolations, so it would have been nice to see at least some distribution skills. Sadly, that wasn’t the case, and this season he is projected to have an assist percentage lower than that of Glen Davis and Nikola Vucevic. He’ll especially have to become more comfortable with the pick-and-roll as a ballhandler, as that made up less than 3 percent of his offense last season, per Synergy Sports. He’s a threat defenses will pay attention to because of his shooting and driving ability, so if he can improve upon his vision, Harris in the pick-and-roll could be a big weapon for the Magic. The biggest question going into the season for Harris is what position will he play? Last season, he logged most of his minutes with the Magic at the four. But that may not be feasible with a larger, healthier stable of power forwards this year. It’ll be interesting to see how he transitions to more time at the small forward, especially on defense. It’s hard to say whether or not Harris was an influential defensive player at power forward last season. His defensive metrics were all over the place: opposing power forwards posted an 18.1 PER against him, and he graded out as neutral according to regularized adjusted plus/minus and above-average on Synergy Sports. And his on/off numbers showed Orlando was 7.5 points per 100 possessions better defensively when he was on the floor. It could be a case of small sample size. And those numbers may change with different responsibilities this season. When he has the ball in his hands, he’ll be a mismatch nightmare. He’s too quick for power forwards and too big for small forwards. Harris will have to improve his spot-up 3-point shooting in order to play more on the wing though, as he only shot 33.9 percent on spot-up 3s last season, per Synergy Sports. This will be a big season for Harris, as we still really aren’t sure what he is yet. Is he a legitimate first option? Is he a small forward or power forward? Was his production last season a case of stat-stuffing on a bad team? Depending on how he performs this season, we’ll have a much clearer view of who Harris is and what his role with the Magic should be going forward.
about 5 hours ago
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images Back in 2009, I had a more-than-casual interest in LeBron’s Cavaliers. My buddy and I watched almost every game of the playoffs that year in a small bar here in Chattanooga, and we bot...
Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images Back in 2009, I had a more-than-casual interest in LeBron’s Cavaliers. My buddy and I watched almost every game of the playoffs that year in a small bar here in Chattanooga, and we both felt that we were watching something special. The Cavs had annihilated Detroit and Atlanta, sweeping both teams and waltzing to the Eastern Conference Finals. We thought — practically everybody thought, as I recall — nothing on this planet could stop LeBron James and company from advancing to the NBA Finals. Enter Hedo Turkoglu and the Orlando Magic. Hedo’s captain-esque performance in the Conference Finals gave way to an onslaught of clout the likes of which LeBron had rarely seen in the postseason, and it produced a 4-2 series win for the Magic and a trip to the Finals. In those six games, I came to respect, loathe, revere, and fear Hedo as the Magic stared down King James and stood tall. I was a Cavs fan then, and I cringed when Hedo touched the ball. My shoulders got tense when he instigated the pick-and roll with Dwight Howard. As a LeBron fan, Hedo absolutely terrified me. Following that stretch of brilliance, he entered a downward spiral — first in Toronto, then in Phoenix, and back in Orlando. Hedo declined as a player, got suspended for a failed PED test, and is now expected to have his contract bought out soon by the Magic. What happened? How did we get here? The rise There were several things working for the Magic during their Finals run in 2009. Dwight Howard was blossoming into a superstar, Rashard Lewis was a sniper, and the team defense was smothering. What stood out to me, though, was the leadership of Hedo Turkoglu. Granted, a lot of that feeling stemmed from intangibles: his confidence, his unwillingness to lose, etc. The presence that Turk had — so important in a playoff environment — was critical to that Magic team. He played like a captain. The irony is that 2008-09 was a modest year numbers-wise for Turkoglu. It was only his fourth-best regular season in terms of PER (14.8). In 24 playoff games, he averaged 15.8 points, 4.8 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game — nothing to email mom about, necessarily. In fact, his PER dropped during the playoffs to 13.2. But to me, it was the climax of his career. Now let’s step back a year prior when Hedo won the Most Improved Player award in 2007-08. That season, Hedo averaged 19.5 points, 5 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game. He had a career-high PER (17.8) while posting a True Shooting percentage of .576 for the entire season. Statistically, 2008 represented the high point in Hedo’s career, but a second round shellacking from Detroit cut his season short. So what changed from 2008 to 2009 that made Turk look much savvier as a player? It was the type of offense the Magic ran. In 2008, Turkoglu ran the pick-and-roll 24.7 percent of the time, per Synergy Sports. In 2009, that percentage jumped up to 29.7 percent – in part due to Jameer Nelson getting hurt midway through the season. Hedo ran the pick-and-roll everywhere. Top of the key, on the wing, didn’t matter. The dynamic threat of him serving as the primary hub of the Magic’s offensive attack completely reshaped the team, and that transformation brought them to the NBA Finals. To me, that matters more than a Most Improved season with a slightly higher stat-line. Hedo knew his role, was given a job, and executed it to near perfection within Stan Van Gundy’s system. SVG was a genius (and still is). He directed that offense like a concertmaster, and Turk was his first chair violinist. He had him running the pick-and-roll like his career depended on it. And as we later found out, his career actually did depend on it. The fall Obviously things took a turn for the worse when Turk signed with the Toronto Raptors as a free agent following his run to the Finals. The general consensus was that Hedo’s role had changed, and he was being tre
about 6 hours ago
TONIGHT: Magic vs. Pelicans, 7
TONIGHT: Magic vs. Pelicans, 7
about 6 hours ago
Orlando Pinstriped Post The Magic opened up training camp last week and are preparing for their first preseason game Wednesday night against the Pelicans in Jacksonville. Orlando will finally get the chance to grow and develop on the...
Orlando Pinstriped Post The Magic opened up training camp last week and are preparing for their first preseason game Wednesday night against the Pelicans in Jacksonville. Orlando will finally get the chance to grow and develop on the court rather than behind the closed doors at Amway Center. In this episode of the Orlando Magic Daily Podcast, we take a look at five big storylines for the Magic entering training camp. Questions we began really asking and answering at Media Day last week. {podcast id=17} Among the storylines we are following are: --The team's expectations for the season and where winning weighs against improvement --Glen Davis' return from injury after a stellar season last year --The versatility on the roster and the changing position landscape on this team and in the NBA --Victor Oladipo's transition to the NBA and to the point guard position --Jameer Nelson entering his 10th season with the Magic
about 7 hours ago
If management chooses the tanking route we will most likely see a lot of changes within the team as the coaching staff tries out some scenarios they might not try if the goal was a championship this season (i.e. Oladipo playing PG). Whil...
If management chooses the tanking route we will most likely see a lot of changes within the team as the coaching staff tries out some scenarios they might not try if the goal was a championship this season (i.e. Oladipo playing PG). While I personally believe this is the route the Magic should take in preparation for the star studded draft in 2014, I want to know if you guys think the current Magic team could contend for a playoff spot, if management decides against tanking. With the youngsters on the team now (Harris, Oladipo, Vucevic, Harkless) is this Magic team a true contender for a low seeded playoff spot?
about 19 hours ago
Maurice Harkless has worked on improving his jump shot. Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com has more on Harkless’ development: “Harkless spent countless hours this past summer improving his strength. It’s not a coincidence that h...
Maurice Harkless has worked on improving his jump shot. Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com has more on Harkless’ development: “Harkless spent countless hours this past summer improving his strength. It’s not a coincidence that he added 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason. We’ve seen other players around the league with similar talents like Paul George and Trevor Ariza make big strides after concentrated offseason training. Expect Harkless to be vastly enhanced – offensively and defensively – in his second NBA season.” How much playing time will Victor Oladipo get at point guard? John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com offers his take. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: “Maxiell has worn a relatively fashionable pair of Wilson glasses during Magic practices. But soon he expects to receive goggles that resemble the eyewear Horace Grant donned during Grant’s days with the Chicago Bulls and the Magic. Maxiell doesn’t expect the new goggles to be ready for Wednesday night’s preseason opener against the New Orleans Pelicans in Jacksonville.” Zach Lowe of Grantland provides his outlook on the Orlando Magic this season: “This is a developmental year for a team that’s finally going to walk into some serious long-term cap flexibility next summer — especially if they deal Jameer Nelson or buy out the final year of his contract.6 There are some interesting pieces here, and it was fun to watch Tobias Harris and Maurice Harkless stretch themselves when things fell apart last season. But Orlando’s defense collapsed without Glen Davis after a surprising 12-13 start, and its offense was never any good. It’ll have major issues spacing the floor, and each young guy will experience growing pains — especially if Jacque Vaughn gives Victor Oladipo heavy time as the team’s main playmaker.”
about 20 hours ago