The Magic used the 51st pick to select Tyler Harvey, a junior from Eastern Washington University. For those who aren’t too sure who Tyler Harvey is, he is a scorer. He will put the ball in the basket in ways you couldn’t even imagine. In regards to his ability to make off-balance threes, Harvey starts to look a lot like a certain MVP who goes by the name of Steph Curry.Read More
The Magic used the fifth overall selection on Thursday night to draft Mario Hezonja, a 20-year-old Croatian wing who has played professionally in Spain over the past few years. Hezonja called in to the Magic media room from Barcelona to talk about his reaction to coming to Orlando, what he can bring to the table next season, and much more.Read More
Welcome to Orlando, Mario.
The Magic used the fifth pick in the 2015 NBA Draft to select Croatian wing Mario Hezonja, who played for FC Barcelona in Spain this past season. The 20-year-old averaged 7.7 points per game on 46.2 percent shooting this past season, and also posted 1.0 assists and 0.6 steals per game. While those numbers may not jump off the page for Magic fans, it's important to keep in mind that Hezonja didn't receive a ton of minutes on a veteran-filled Barcelona team and therefore was forced to spend too much of his time on the bench.Read More
While Justise Winslow, Kristaps Porzingis and Willie Cauley-Stein may seem like the most obvious choices for the Magic with the number 5 picks, they are not the only choices. Actually, knowing Rob Hennigan, there’s a decent chance he reaches on a player like Frank Kaminsky—once again sending the fan base into uproar. Now, snapping back to reality, there are a few sleepers worth looking at who could potentially be suiting up in Magic pinstripes. Once again, three names stand out and they are Mario Hezonja, Stanley Johnson and Myles Turner.Read More
With the draft on Thursday, here is my first attempt at predicting the picks; you can see Jake's mock draft here. My preference would be for the Magic to select Kristaps Porzingis, but there's an increasing likelihood that he won't be available when Orlando is on the clock. In that scenario -- which plays out below -- I see Rob Hennigan setting his sights on the other top-tier international prospect, Mario Hezonja.Read More
Here's my first stab at a mock draft in 2015; make sure to leave me your thoughts in the comments section below or on Twitter (@ORLMagicStuff). If my mocks from last year are any indication, the majority of these predictions will be wrong, so at least you know who these teams won't be picking after looking at this!Read More
Welcome to the third installment of the Orlando Magic Stuff Draft Profiles; in the two previous articles, big men were analyzed—those articles can be foundhere and here. In this go-round, the tune is changed and a wing player will be examined. That wing player goes by the name of Justise Winslow and he appears to be the best two-way swingman prospect in the Draft right now.
Like Cauley-Stein, Winslow received his fair share of attention playing under the national spotlight. Last season, Justise was served as he boosted his draft stock in the NCAA Tournament via lockdown defense and the execution of big plays when they were needed most. Had he not showed out in the tourney and won the championship, Winslow probably wouldn’t be viewed as a legit option at number five. His championship is now garnering him Shabazz Napier-like attention. Now, don’t get me wrong, without the championship, he’s still a top-10 player for sure, but bringing home that trophy could be the difference between ending up in New York or Orlando and ending up in Charlotte or Miami.Read More
Unlike Kristaps Porzingis—who was previously analyzed by Orlando Magic Stuff—Willie Trill Cauley-Stein is less of a mystery and is significantly more well known among basketball fans. Cauley-Stein has played for Kentucky for the past three seasons and this past one was far from a disappointment. The Kentucky Wildcats won 38 straight games before finally receiving their first L of the season in the Final Four against Wisconsin.
In the year prior to that, the Kentucky Wildcats made it all the way to the National Championship but also fell short of being crowned champions—this time at the hands of the UConn Huskies. Cauley-Stein was not active in that game because of injuries and many believe that is why he opted to return to Kentucky for one more season rather than declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft.Read More
Kristaps Porzingis is a bit of a mystery but who he is as a player is beginning to take shape. Many might even remember his name from last year as he declared for the Draft but later withdrew to play one more season overseas. Unlike Dante Exum—a player Magic fans should be well acquainted with—Porzingis wasn’t hidden away in some foreign country where no one ever saw him play. On the contrary, the big man nicknamed “Zinger” has been playing basketball in Spain in what many consider the second-best basketball league in the world. He has definitely been seen.Read More
Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reported this morning that 40-year-old Adrian Griffin has been hired as Scott Skiles' first assistant coach. A nine-year veteran in the Association, Griffin will serve as Skiles' lead assistant (per Robbins), and pundits across the league have already labeled the hire as an excellent one by the Magic front office.Read More
Other than the team's issues on the scoring end of the floor, Orlando's main weakness this past season ended up being its inability to protect the rim and painted area. Featuring several plus wing and guard defenders, the Magic were supposed to take a leap forward on the end that wins championships; the drafting of Elfrid Payton and Aaron Gordon -- two of the premier defenders in the 2014 crop of prospects -- indicated that the team would take significant strides to improve their porous defense. Much to the chagrin of Jacque Vaughn, Orlando failed to assume any resemblance of a defensive identity, as the team finished in the bottom third of the league in defensive efficiency.Read More
The Orlando Magic’s offseason coaching search appears to have come to a close today, as longtime ESPN scribe Marc Stein reported earlier this morning that the team “will have a deal with Scott Skiles to be their new head coach by day’s end.” One of the franchise’s best point guards in its 26-year history, Skiles will be primed to return to an organization which he starred for in the 1990’s; his 30-assist game in pinstripes back in December of 1990 remains an NBA record for the most dimes in a single contest. But while many hope that his mostly feel-good past with the franchise will be a harbinger of a brighter horizon for the team, many are concerned about Skiles’ lack of immense success in both the regular season and postseason.Read More
Unsurprisingly, Scott Skiles was hired as Orlando's head coach this afternoon, ending a coaching search where he was viewed as the favorite all along. Skiles was officially introduced as the head coach at the Amway Center this evening, and he attempted to quell some misconceptions about his previous coaching stops, explain his coaching philosophy, and much more. Below is a video from his introductory press conference.Read More
It's no secret that in the franchise's 26-year history, the Orlando Magic have enjoyed their fair share of success in the annual NBA Draft Lottery. Pat Williams -- a longtime figure in the Magic front office -- became somewhat of an urban legend at the event after winning two straight lotteries in the early 1990's, which allowed the team to build a core of Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway. As the event approaches every year, Magic fans always tend to look back upon the mid-90's glory and hope that Mr. Williams will be able to strike gold yet again for the City Beautiful.Read More
A strong second half of the season out of Victor Oladipo has Magic fans excited for the shooting guard's future. Here's a near 20-minute highlight reel of the Indiana product's best plays from his sophomore campaign.
YouTube user "1677091 Productions" uploaded 18 minutes worth of Elfrid Payton highlights to his channel the other week, and the videos are a very fun watch for Magic fans already going through the offseason blues. The 4th-place finisher in the Rookie of the Year race has a bright future ahead of him. Enjoy!
Check back to this page all day for complete coverage of Orlando's season-ending exit interviews.
If the games still mattered for the Magic, I might be angry with tonight's loss. This was a game Orlando deserved to win -- they shot better than Toronto, grabbed more rebounds, and scored more points in the paint -- but in the end, the Raptors just out-executed James Borrego's squad. DeMar Derozan was excellent, and Lou Williams hit a shot when his team needed him. It was a win that good, veteran teams are able to pull out, and that's what happened tonight.
But there are a lot of positives to take away with how Orlando played tonight, especially in the fourth quarter. They have struggled mightily in the final quarter against Toronto this year, never once eclipsing 17 points in their three previous meetings. That they were able to hang with the Raptors and have a good chance at tying the game as time expired is a testament to their growth over the past few weeks.Read More
Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher reported earlier this afternoon on "Bucher Buzz" that Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau could be a legitimate candidate in the Magic coaching search this summer if he were to part ways with a somewhat dysfunctional Bulls front office. While the NBA scribe didn't go into much detail in the video, he went as far as reporting that, "League sources say that third parties connected to Thibodeau have been exploring what his potential other options would be, including the Orlando Magic."Read More