The fine folks over at VICE Sports let out its first installment of "Summer with Victor Oladipo" last month, which took us to his home in Washington D.C. and focused on his early roots. The latest episode -- a six-minute feature that was released yesterday -- gives us a behind-the-scenes look at Oladipo's summer league experience.Read More
ESPN's crew of NBA analysts has begun its annual Summer Forecast for the upcoming NBA season, and they kicked off the proceedings today by rolling out their Eastern Conference rankings.
The panel predicts another rough season for Jacque Vaughn's squad, as they have the team finishing with a 27-55 record, good for 13th place in the conference. .Read More
We've seen this game pop up around the Internet recently with All-NBA teams and other interesting categories, so we decided to make the best one out there: Orlando Magic Edition.
Here are the rules.
- While considering the value of a player, remember that you're taking someone's talents when they were in an Orlando Magic uniform. Having prime Vince Carter would be nice, but he just wasn't the same player in pinstripes as he was earlier in his career.
- You only have $15 to spend. This should probably be Rule No. 1, but it's pretty obvious so I'm hoping you realized it when you looked at the picture.
- Write your line-up in the comments section so we can see who can put together the best five guys.
Good luck!Read More
In the last segment of our position breakdown series, we dissected all possible point guard candidates for this upcoming season. Here, we will cover the shooting guard position. The two guard position for the Magic has undergone a significant makeover. Orlando traded arguably the best player on its team in fringe all-star and team-leading scorer, Arron Afflalo. They've also made some additions at the position. So, it was a bit of out with the old, in with the...older. In all seriousness, they've added depth at what was one of their weakest slots. Jacque Vaughn will have a lot of options off the bench and I think the rotation of potential shooting guards will be a lot stronger than last year's. Now, to examine those options.Read More
It's the dead period in the NBA schedule, which means that the Magic blogging contingent is going through severe basketball withdrawal. We decided to round up some of our pals -- Philip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic Daily, Adam Papageorgiou of Magic Basketball Online, and Zach Oliver of Presto in the Paint -- to make some predictions for the upcoming season in an over/under format. It provided for some opinionated responses and several disagreements, so I'm sure you'll enjoy each blogger's arguments. Leave your own opinion below in the comments if you'd like!Read More
In what was one of the most terrible spectacles I have ever seen, Paul George fractured his leg last night in the USA Basketball Blue-White Game in Las Vegas. Injuries are one of the very few terrible things about sports, and it is just a shame that this happened in the first place, let alone an intra-squad scrimmage. We -- along with all Magic fans and players -- wish George a speedy recovery.
From what Orlando's players were saying on Twitter last night, we were re-introduced to the fact that the NBA is a strong brotherhood. Here are a few well wishes from the guys to George.Read More
A lot of Magic fans don't really know what to expect from the team's single affiliation with the Erie Bayhawks of the D-League. How often will they shuttle players between Erie and Orlando? What type of guys will they try to bring in? A few guys that were on the Magic's summer league roster were intriguing, but there doesn't seem to be space for them on the team; does that mean Rob Hennigan was scouting them for the Bayhawks?
Yesterday, we started to receive some answers, as the Magic came to terms with former Louisville Cardinal and Detroit Piston Peyton Siva. Before learning Orlando's rationale for the deal, I was caught a bit off-guard. After signing Luke Ridnour, the Magic seemed like they were set at the point guard spot, and it put them at fourteen guaranteed contracts -- one away from the roster limit of fifteen. But when Josh Robbins revealed that the plan is to send him to the D-League after giving him a small guarantee, the picture started to come into focus.Read More
Visit any Orlando Magic message board recently and you will be connected to dozens of different users giving you dozens of different opinions. Some of them feel lost, confused, and alone. It’s as if their torrid love affair took a turn, and in their lamenting, they cope by ridiculing Magic GM Rob Hennigan. Fans from all teams in the league lol'd and wtf'd us these last few weeks. After finally seeing The Lego Movie (trust me, watch it), I understand that not everything is how it seems. On the surface it looks as though we are a mishmash of young players and a few overpaid veterans with no clear direction. However, we might have a "master builder" on our hands. The offseason has brought us many questions, and many doubts, but I think our roster is full of potential and flexibility. After a year of experimenting with a lot of different lineups and putting players in a lot of different roles, our front office and coaching staff sought after players that would provide us balance. This offseason was puzzling at times, but the additions should prove to complement the talent we already have. Let's take a look at each position. In this segment we'll cover the point guards.Read More
Malcolm Gladwell, a New York Times bestselling author, defines a "tipping point" as "that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire." This term can apply to a plethora of things-- businesses, diseases, and even relationships can reach a "tipping point" that makes something turn from one thing into another.
One trend that we saw this past season with the Orlando Magic was the sharp, sudden decline of Andrew Nicholson's effectiveness on both ends of the floor. Known as an offensive wizard in the low post, Nicholson captivated Basketball Twitter's attention on the first night of the season, when Orlando faced off against the Indiana Pacers in the league's kickoff regular season contest. The St. Bonaventure product exploded in the first half -- when everyone was watching before immediately flipping over to the better game that started at 8 PM -- as he scored 18 points on 8-of-10 field goal attempts. The performance drew high praise from writers and fans from across the country, and it quite honestly solidified my thinking that Nicholson would be an excellent scoring spark plug off the bench for years to come.Read More
This is fantastic. I had forgotten when the Magic signed Channing Frye to his four-year, $32 million deal that he was the instigator in a Nik Vucevic ejection last season in Phoenix. I can't wait to bring this up to these two at media day in a couple months.Read More
On Thursday we took a look at the shooting profiles for Orlando's guards, using the new shot charts over at Nylon Calculus. We went more in-depth on what makes these shot charts a fantastic resource in the first installment of our series, so be sure to check that out if you need a refresher.
Time to take a look at the forwards, which -- save for Victor Oladipo -- are a much more intriguing group of players than the guards.Read More
Two of Orlando's most talented young players -- Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris -- were added to the USA Basketball Select team, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
This is quite the honor for both Oladipo and Harris; while the Senior men's squad is generally comprised of the most talented and seasoned NBA players, the Select team is always filled with the best young talent in the entire league. The squad goes up against the aforementioned senior crop -- a group that is highlighted by Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, and Stephen Curry -- in a mini-camp that runs from July 27th to August 1st in Las Vegas.Read More
Shot charts can tell you a lot about a player. They reveal the areas he prefers to shoot from and how good he was from that particular among other things. By painting a picture of what a player's offensive contributions were in the past, they allow you to project how this particular player will perform in the future.
But shot charts, at least the one's on NBA.com, aren't perfect. They split the floor into somewhat arbitrary sections that don't tell the whole story. Just because two guys shoot the same percentage at the rim doesn't mean they take the shots from the same area. One guy can be better from the left side, while the other guy does most of his work from the right.
Over at Nylon Calculus, the analytics blog for the HP Blog Network, they have created "A Better Shot Chart" that looks to correct some of the issues I mentioned above. Austin Clemens, the creator of these charts, goes into much more depth, so I recommend you check that out.Read More
On this edition of "The Extra Stuff", Jake and Scott break down their impressions from summer league before delving into Orlando's free agency. What was the rationale behind the Ben Gordon signing? What will the Magic look like with Channing Frye in the mix? They discuss all that, plus explain why next season is crucial for Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn.Read More
One of the biggest and best Magic story lines coming out of this past week's Orlando Pro Summer League was the excellent production that was seen out of Elfrid Payton, the No. 10 pick in this year's draft. After a rough first game in which he looked unprepared and nervous, the Louisiana-Lafayette product finished the week with several near-triple-double efforts along with terrific defense. Not everyone got to watch these games -- they often came on during the work day and several people don't have NBATV -- so we've put together this page with some of his full-game highlights along with an individual clip or two that will show you how he performed in his first Summer League outing.Read More
In addition to officially signing Channing Frye today, the Magic also made a small trade with the Chicago Bulls, sending away the rights to overseas prospect Milovan Rakovic -- whom the Magic acquired in 2007 -- for Anthony Randolph and two second round picks -- one each in 2015 and 2016. Sam Amick of USA Today had it first, then Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel added in the details.
For the Magic, this deal was a no brainer. It's zero risk, with the possibility for some moderate reward. All they gave up was Rakovic -- a player whom I had never even heard of before today. He was included in the trade solely because Orlando had to send something back to Chicago. It's highly unlikely he will ever come and play in the NBA.Read More