“They want a point guard. They experimented with Victor Oladipo there, but preferably they get a young player that is more of a true point. Exum and Marcus Smart are the guys for them. They would’ve taken Smart No. 2 last year, but I think Exum has moved ahead. Lakers also really like Exum. So do the Jazz and Bucks.”
–Chad Ford of ESPN.com
Without doubt, the Magic’s situation at point guard is somewhat precarious. Many expect the Magic to part ways with Jameer Nelson this summer — his contract is guaranteed for only $2 million becoming fully guaranteed for the full $8 million on July 15 according to ShamSports — and the reviews of Victor Oladipo playing point guard were extremely mixed.
While the experiment was worth it for Oladipo to gain some of those playmaking skills, his longterm future is likely off the ball at shooting guard where he can be more of a slasher and use his quickness to get himself to the basket.
Most mock drafts at this point have the Magic taking either Dante Exum or Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart with the first pick, or if not them, then taking Tyler Ennis of Syracuse with their second lottery pick.
Now that the season is over, it is time to review the last five months. This is our yearly look back at what went right and what went wrong during the 2013-14 season. Losing sucks. You could see it in the face of Tobias Harris and in the face of Arron Afflalo after every defeat. […]
“Parker is the low-risk selection, a 6-foot-8 forward who can score in just about every way on the court. Many compare him to Carmelo Anthony, and many feel he’s a sure thing at the next level because of his skill set, basketball IQ and demeanor.”
–Jeff Goodman of ESPN on 17 of 30 NBA executives he spoke to picking Jabari Parker as their top prospect
Certainly Parker is the most complete and ready prospect in this NBA Draft. He seemed to prove that time and time again in his year at Duke. But Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid provide a lot of upside and potential for general managers to consider.
As Goodman reports, many NBA executives see this top three as close as any top three in recent memory.
Now that the season is over, it is time to review the last five months. This is our yearly look back at what went right and what went wrong during the 2013-14 season. This was a rough season. Any 23-win season is going to inevitably be rough. The Magic’s rebuild somewhat necessitated another rough season […]
With the season now over, we know the Magic have matched and surpassed last season’s win total. That should be some sign that things are heading in the right direction. The Magic have made modest improvements in the win-loss column — if that is what you tend to focus on. Yet, there are still the moments […]
Time for some end of the season nonsense before I really get into breaking down the season and preparing for 2014-15. Despite winning just 23 games, there were still some fantastic highlights and plays from the Magic this season. So we want to know: What was the top play of the 2013-14 season? Below are […]
“We’ll continue to be very strategic in how we add to the team, how we improve the team. The draft is certainly one area to do that. I also think that we’ll continue to be opportunistic in actively exploring what options exist in free agency and trades. So we’re not bound to just one basket. We’re looking for ways to improve all the way around.”
Entering Year Three of the rebuild, the expectations externally are beginning to rise and fans (and the media) will be expecting the team to deliver some results. The relying on good draft picks needs to come to close.
Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan seemed to recognize this in his exit interview Thursday. A full video of his session with the press can be found after the jump courtesy of Adam Papageorgiou of Magic Basketball Online:
The Magic have a 46.9 percent chance of landing in the top 3 with their own pick. It is still possible that the Nuggets and Knicks could give the Magic a second top pick, but only if both land in the top three. Orlando receives the least favorable of Denver and New York’s pick. The odds of them both reaching the top three are pretty slim.
In the end, the regular season was only another cog in the process for the Magic. One more tick mark that needed checking before moving on to the next phase of the rebuild — an important Draft with two lottery picks and big decisions to make. The entire season was almost dominated by talks of […]
When a team starts to lose, you expect attendance and TV ratings to drop. Winning teams make appointment television and only the die hards seemingly can sit through the slog of the final weeks of the season as the team plays these games out. That is not a surprise. The Magic expected this. Magic COO […]
“The Orlando Magic plan to enter a single-affiliation hybrid relationship with the NBA Development League’s Erie BayHawks, people familiar with news told USA TODAY Sports. They requested anonymity because the deal has not been finalized.”
“Oladipo is a bulldog with long arms, and he has predictably fared better on defense. Real plus/minus paints him as a positive on that end, he can check multiple positions, and he has generated steals without gambling irresponsibly. The Magic have allowed six fewer points per 100 possessions when Oladipo plays. Those numbers are noisy, but it’s tough to find much evidence Oladipo is a big negative on defense.
He’s been turnover-prone on offense, but he has shot better than Carter-Williams from just about everywhere, and his midrange pull-up looks promising. Playing with at least a few quality veterans boosts that efficiency, but plop him on a roster as bad as Philly’s, and his counting numbers would likely be at least as good as MCW’s — with better defense. Oladipo has also played in 10 more games, which counts on the margins.”
“I do think about it a lot, but I don’t know what the future holds. I don’t know the plan. I just have to be patient and see that they are going to do because it’s the team’s option (with his contract).
“I would definitely like to stay with the Magic, but it’s a business and it’s up to these guys,’’ Nelson said. “I haven’t talked to them much about (the plan), so I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Nelson is slated to make $8 million next season, but only $2 million of that contract is guaranteed. According to ShamSports, the Magic have until July 15, 2014 to either keep Nelson and guarantee the full amount or cut him and pay only $2 million. Despite Nelson’s longevity with the team and his solid play as a passer this year — he is ninth in the league with 7.0 assists per game — it is uncertain whether the Magic will move on and turn the reigns over to Victor Oladipo as point guard or whomever they draft.