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Devyn Marble can do it all, or so he claims

Aside from Big Ten geeks like me, you are excused for not knowing Roy Devyn Marble before draft night. Really before the Magic pulled off the Arron Afflalo trade and acquired the 56th pick and Evan Fournier from the Nuggets, the Magic had no second round pick and no reason to pay attention to the […]

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O/U: Maurice Harkless Shoots 40% From Beyond The Three-Point Arc.

Philip Rossman-Reich: Under. Harkless is still improving as a 3-point shooter. He clearly got better as the season went on last year to finish at 38.3 percent. He needs to become a better 3-point shooter to stick in this league. But shooting is not his strong suit. Seeing him get to that 40 percent mark seems mythical. In fact, it would not surprise me to see Harkless’ 3-point shooting percentage decrease because he takes more attempts and takes them more confidently. He may never reach that mythical 40 percent number, he just has to be a threat from beyond the arc and make them when they count. We will probably see more of that this year.

Check out the rest of my answers over at Orlando Magic Stuff.

D-League continues its growth

“Peyton Siva surprised a lot of people when he agreed to sign with the Magic.

For one thing, the Magic already had a full roster of 15 players (all on guaranteed contracts). And while Orlando has not been shy about dumping players that do not fit the team’s plans before their contracts run out, investing in a young player on a full roster seemed shaky.

Then the news came out from Marcus Spears of Yahoo! Sports that Siva was signing what amounted to a minor-league contract. Siva would join the Magic for the preseason, would then be waived before the season begins and then play the season in the D-League while the Magic would retain his rights. You would assume he would then be in the lead position to sign with the team next season.

It was a strange arrangement for a player who has had some effective time in the NBA (24 games for the Pistons last year and 12.9 points per game in 12 appearances for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the D-League). But it is also an arrangement which shows that the D-League is continuing to gain force and stature among NBA hopefuls.

The D-League is becoming more than just a viable option, but a real place to learn about playing the game professionally and developing skills.”

Philip Rossman-Reich, Crossover Chronicles

Jameer Nelson reflects on Magic rebuild

“OS: You mentioned that the Magic’s rebuilding was tough. What was the toughest part about it?

[Jameer] Nelson: Losing. Like I said, I want to win. I was hoping things got better the second year — a little better — and it didn’t, unfortunately. But it is what is. The Magic are going to have a lot of young talent that’s going to take a lot of time, or take some time, to develop. I just felt like I didn’t have enough time left in my career to sit there and wait for the development stages to process.

OS: Even though the Magic struggled badly the last two years, you posted the two best assist-per-game numbers of your career. Does that encourage you?

Nelson: We had some talent. We had some talented guys and we had some smart guys. So we all figured out together what we needed to do to at least be competitive. And that’s what we were. We were a very, very competitive team, no matter if we were up by 30 or down by 30. I learned guys’ sweet spots, and guys learned where I like to pass the ball from and like to make plays from. That allowed guys to create offense and generate things. . . . The thing I’ve been really trying to work on is my shooting. I’m a good shooter. I have a lot of confidence in my shooting. I’ll take the big shot; I’m not scared to [take the big shot] on the big stage. I just feel like at times I had to take certain shots that I wouldn’t have to take on a team that was winning and a team that had a couple more veterans on there.”

Jameer Nelson to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel

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Tobias Harris says he played at 75% last year

Tobias Harris came into last season with some very high expectations. His 27-game cameo with the Magic in 2013 brought with it a lot of excitement for the following season. He averaged 17.3 points per game in that time and forced his way into a bigger role. It seemed like Rob Hennigan struck gold late […]

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A quick preview of 2015 free agency

With July preparing to come to a close, free agency is pretty much done. The Magic have a full roster of 15 players at the moment and so their offseason is done (and continuing to confuse everybody). Orlando did its work to hand over the reigns of the team to its young players, filling the […]

Jameer Nelson moves on to Dallas, looking to rebuild 2009 feeling

“I thought that team was going to be together forever. One of my good friends, Keyon Dooling, always preached to us as one of the veteran guys to never take things for granted because you might be on a good team now, but next year you might not be on such a good team. It’s the truth. You think things don’t end, but that obviously ended pretty quick.”

Jameer Nelson on returning to a title contending team like the 2009 Magic to Jeff Caplan of NBA.com

Where are Magic in my early Power Rankings?

26. Orlando Magic
Offseason Acquisitions: Channing Frye, Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton
Cliche of the Week: Process

The Magic have a nice collection of young talent. They have done a good job collecting quality young players willing to work and build after the Dwight Howard trade. The question is when will this team take a step forward? When will they begin winning? Many suspect this is the year the team stops the out-and-out tanking and start trying to collect wins for a Playoff bid. The problem is they still do not have a ton of scoring. Their draft pick, Aaron Gordon, is a work-in-progress on that end of the floor. They might be able to defend pretty well, but scores could be very low unless someone breaks through.”

Philip Rossman-Reich, Crossover Chronicles

So who do I have number one? Click the link and read on.

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Magic’s mentality emerges: It’s defense

There was some shock when the Magic elected to take the offensively raw Aaron Gordon with the fourth overall pick in the Draft. There was a little bit more shock when the Magic pulled the trigger on a deal that sent two picks to Philadelphia to move up two spots and take Eflrid Payton. Both […]

NBA’s best loving Victor Oladipo at Team USA camp

The following quotes via John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com:

“He’s a great player already. I love how he plays and he plays with so much confidence. He totally deserves to be up here (with team USA) and I’m already a big fan of his. I love how he takes the game so serious.

“I’m here for him if he ever needs me. I know how serious he takes it. He’s such a talent with his size, what he can do on the floor and how he reads opponents, especially defensively. He’s a big-time talent.”

–Bulls guard Derrick Rose

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Head of Puerto Rico Basketball scratching head over Maurice Harkless

I honestly do not know what happened. Everything was going great and now Harkless canceled the trip and everything is complicated. Since then everything has been more difficult. We do not know if the pressure of the Orlando Magic team or the people around him, but communication has not flowed as before. Was a little frustrating.”

Puerto Rico Basketball Federation President Carlos Beltran to Raul Alzaga of Primera Hora (translated by Google Translate)

Maurice Harkless was set to play for Puerto Rico at this summer’s FIBA World Cup and even expressed excitement over the prospect in January when he first agreed to it. It was something many saw as a good thing for Harkless’ development (at least I did).

However, Tuesday, Harkless’ agent announced he would not play for Puerto Rico, choosing to focus on the Magic and the upcoming season. Considering the chance to be a central focus on the team, there may have been disagreements with how Puerto Rico planned to use him (Harkless might be more of an international power forward than wing player) or Harkless simply might have changed his mind.

He declined an offer to visit Puerto Rico in late May and get acclimated before joining the team earlier this month.

Puerto Rico should still have a solid team featuring Jose Juan Barea and Carlos Arroyo. There are also reports they are trying to get Shabazz Napier to join the team.

[h/t Adam Papageorgiou of Magic Basketball Online]

Dwight Howard still burning bridges with former teammates

“[Dwight] Howard also said of [Chandler] Parsons’s departure that it would not affect the team at all. Coming on the heels of the [James] Harden comments. Parsons said he did not mind the comments, but called them “ridiculous.”

The callousness from Howard might hurt Parsons even more. He grew up in Orlando and did have a relationship with Howard as one of the area’s best players in Howard’s city. He helped recruit Howard to Houston and make him comfortable in a new city. His free agency departure was about role and business.

Howard continues to throw former teammates under the bus unintentionally it seems as he moves forward through his career. It takes us back to the Jameer Nelson comments.”

Philip Rossman-Reich, Crossover Chronicles

With all the rhetoric going back and forth in the Rockets camp between Chandler Parsons and the team’s two stars, it is pretty clear Dwight Howard still has not learned how to be quiet.

He tried reaching out to Jameer Nelson to sign with the Rockets, but Nelson opted to go with the rival Mavericks instead.

It just seems at this point that anything Howard says comes out the wrong way and he just cannot say anything nice about his former teammates.

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