Ever since the Magic began this rebuild, and maybe even before that into the 2010 season when the Magic were fighting for a title, the question of who the Magic’s point guard would be hung over the franchise. Some may have been left over spite from fans who felt Jameer Nelson came back too soon […]
“If we were trying to get a sense for how stable three point percentage is after 100 attempts, a simple way to do it would be to randomly split the 100 shots into two samples of 50 and compare the percentage made in both samples. If it were stable, the percentage of makes in each sample should be similar. A better method would be to split the 100 shots into every permutation of two sample pairs of 50 and calculate the average correlation between the two pairs. This is what the Kuder-Richardson Formula 21 calculates. From here on I will refer to this number as the reliability. To find the point at which three-point shooting stabilizes we need to find out when the reliability crosses a certain threshold. A reliability of 0.7 seems to be the standard threshold used. After this point, the skill aspect will outweigh the noise.
“To gather a big enough sample of players with a sufficient number of attempts, I used the past seven season’s worth of three-point shooting data from NBA.com and I found that after roughly 750 attempts the reliability crosses the 0.7 threshold.”
Ben Gordon joined Marcin Gortat, Courtney Lee and Austin Rivers for some pick up basketball at Englewood Neighborhood Center. Thanks to Home Team Hoops, we have some footage of the games.
Gordon has some highlights and showed some spring in getting to the basket.
Well, we are finally here. The FIBA World Cup gives us competitive, high-level basketball starting Saturday in Spain. Team USA is in the relatively tame Group C. Even without Kevin Durant and Paul George, the U.S. is expected to win the World Cup. The roster is heavily reliant on its fast break and 3-point shooting […]
As if the ESPN panel was not enough to let us know the Magic will likely sink to the bottom of the Eastern Conference again, a statistical projection from Bradford Doolittle of ESPN Insider has the Magic playing the Lottery again. “Both SCHOENE and RPM are in agreement about the Magic and Sixers, though it […]
Defense is not easy to learn when you are young. Players can have all the physical tools, but it is rare to see a young player come in and be a great defender. Individually or as a team. The speed and strength of the players are more than just a single step above college. It […]
The Magic are embarking on a new journey this year with their first year under the hybrid relationship with the Erie BayHawks of the D-League. This is the growing trend for the parent NBA team to control all basketball operations for a D-League team that would have a direct one-to-one relationship with its parent club. […]
There is very little going on in Magic world right now as we await for the conclusion of the FIBA World Cup and the beginning of training camp at the end of September. That gives us about a month to kill. And a month to look earnestly into the future. The Magic future for the […]
The Magic will turn their attention to the proposed Amway Center entertainment district at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, Richard Bilbao of Orlando Business Journal reports. The Magic are still in the process of buying up the land across the street from Amway Center for their proposed entertainment district which will feature shops, restaurants, […]
No, Canada did not qualify for the FIBA World Cup this year. A disappointing finish at last summer’s Tournament of the Americas prevented the team from making the trip to Spain at the end of the month. It was still a critical summer for the growing basketball country. Even with NBA players Andrew Wiggins and Anthony […]
When we start talking about what we expect from the Magic this year, there is a very nebulous response. At this point, it seems the expectation is not necessarily the Playoffs. Those would be nice and not a detriment to the plan, at least as how we perceive it. The expectation is to start winning […]
There was a time when Ben Gordon struck fear into opponents’ hearts. He won Sixth Man of the Year in 2005. He was stellar in the 2009 Playoffs, averaging 24.3 points per game and 37.0 percent shooting from beyond the arc. In that crazy series, Gordon fed it with big shot after big shot for […]
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders estimates about 22 of the 60 players drafted each year since 2001 have what can be called careers in the NBA (getting the second contract and hanging around beyond their rookie deals). The 2011 draftees — like Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris — are starting to get their pay days. […]
With the season slowly approaching (slowly, being the key word), there is really only one thing left for the Magic to do. Their young players are finally starting to grow up and reach free agency for the first time. More specifically, Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris are on the final years of their rookie contracts […]
Teams are beginning to put in bids for the 2017 and 2018 NBA All-Star Games as the league sets its calendar for future years. The league has already awarded the 2015 All-Star Game to Brooklyn/New York and the 2016 game to Toronto. Plus, now the league has extended the All-Star Break to a week long. […]