The Magic agreed to terms with free agent point guard Peyton Siva today, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.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
Rob Hennigan decided to make his first major splash of free agency this past week, inking former Phoenix Sun big man Channing Frye to a four-year, $32 million deal. When the news of the signing first broke, several people were puzzled about the fact that Orlando would shell out around $8 million a year to a guy that averaged a mere 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest last season. And, when you look at a from a mere per-game statistic perspective, it was an enormous overpay. But as we know with the new age of analytics and number-crunching, you have to dig a little deeper to thoroughly analyze how much of an impact each guy really has. Frye is one of the best examples of this line of thought.Read More
I love Victor Oladipo. You love Victor Oladipo. All Magic fans love Victor Oladipo.
He is leading the way into the next era of Magic basketball, and looked good during the three games he played at summer league. He's lost twenty pounds, becoming even more explosive, and he's added some hesitation dribble moves that will prove valuable to create space. He can play either guard position.Read More
The Magic held a press conference today to introduce Ben Gordon – who the team officially signed just moments before the press conference – and Willie Green, the former Clipper whom the team claimed off waivers. Below are videos of Gordon and Green discussing their move to Orlando, as well as Magic GM Rob Hennigan assessing what those guys can bring to the team.Read More
Orlando won its fifth and final game of the summer league this morning against the Detroit Pistons, utilizing their athleticism and defensive peskiness to upend Stan Van Gundy's squad 96-87. After seeing the team struggle yesterday against Boston, it was nice to see them come out and put forth a great effort -- especially with an 8 AM start time -- to secure the victory. The combination of a few highlight-worthy plays, solid performance out of Oladipo/Payton, and energetic defense made the morning contest worth the early wakeup, however. Let's get to the takeaways.Read More
The Orlando Magic defeated the Detroit Pistons 96-87 early this morning to capture fifth place in this year's OPSL. After the game, the media spoke with Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo, Seth Curry, Devyn Marble, and Coach Wes Unseld Jr about the win, as well as the entire Summer League experience.Read More
The Magic dropped their second game in a row tonight, losing to the Boston Celtics 76-67. The loss is a crushing blow for any fans that cared about Orlando's chances of winning the Summer League championship, as the Magic are now eliminated from title contention and will l play in the 5th vs 6th place game tomorrow morning at 8 am.
With that, we move onto the takeaways.Read More
Orlando (2-1) plays in its last game before "Championship Day" today against the Boston Celtics (2-1), who are led by the team's 6th overall pick from this year's draft: Marcus Smart. Through three games here at the OPSL, Smart has resembled his college self for the most part, as he's struggled with his shooting but has shown that he's a plus defender, rebounder, and overall floor navigator. We shouldn't read too much into summer league performances, but one thing is for certain: Poor shooting will be the Oklahoma State's bug-a-boo until he makes major strides with his form and consistency.Read More