Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose are doing their NBA team previews on Grantland and have slotted the Orlando Magic as team #25, one spot above the Los Angeles Lakers. If you can make sense of their Magic-Will Smith comparison, let us know in the comments below.
Overall, Simmons and Rose were very complimentary of the Magic and their past draft, but think there are still some growing pains to weather. Simmons picked Elfrid Payton for Rookie of the Year, but they both said that Jacque Vaughn would not be around much longer.
For the last few years, ESPN has gathered their experts, polled them and broken down the 500 players in teh NBA down to a simple list. This is #NBARank. You have to love the debate it engenders and the defensive response it creates in fans. Think of this as ours. The list reached its top-40 […]
The Magic suffered their second preseason loss in Allentown, Pa., 95-84 in a game that probably should have had the Sixers’ owner apologizing for bringing two NBA teams resting many of their “star” players. Of course, the Sixers even with Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel have made a mockery of NBA teams with their tanking […]
The Magic continue to roll in the preseason, putting in a solid first quarter and continuing to get great games from the auditioning Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris. Orlando took an 11-point lead after the first quarter and opened the team’s lead back up with another impressive defensive performance in the fourth quarter. Of course, […]
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Forget about Michael Jordan for a bit. Bill Murray is the deciding factor for Ryan Anderson. Space Jam is the greatest basketball movie of all time according to the New Orleans Pelicans forward, upsetting Hoosiers on its way to a championship. Even though Anderson himself is a white man who cannot jump (his words, not […]
“The Orlando Magic support a proposal to reform the NBA Draft Lottery in which the teams with the four worst overall records would have nearly identical chances to win the top overall pick, according to an industry source with knowledge of the Magic’s thinking.”
The reported recent proposal would even out the odds for the four worst teams in the league and then hold a lottery to determine the first six spots in the NBA Draft. The idea is for this to prevent “tanking” and teams from purposefully racing to the bottom to nab a top pick. Of course, having one of the three worst records would still guarantee the best odds at getting the top pick but it may no longer guarantee a top-four pick.
As Robbins notes, the Magic are likely moving away from their bottom-feeding days and looking to advance as a team and so winning the lottery is less a priority than it might have been the last two seasons.
Elfrid Payton was pushed, prodded and examined heavily in his first home preseason game. A little adversity is not going to do the rookie any wrong. It will certainly help the Magic as any adversity and challenge in the preseason would. Payton though has been the rookie living a bit of a charmed life. Columnists […]