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NBA Blog Preview: Orlando Magic looking to turn a corner

Every year, our pal Jeff Clark of Celtics Blog gathers the NBA blogs of the universe together to preview the NBA season. You will the links to those pop up here every weekend until the season starts — you can view the Central and Northwest Division previews here. Today is our turn. Be sure to […]

Elfrid Payton has led the Magic's push to increase the pace this year. Photo by Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

5 takeaways from Magic-Heat

So the Magic won 108-101 in overtime over the Heat last night in the preseason. That is not what is important though. The scores — and really stats — do not matter so much in the preseason. What we want to know at this point is what does this mean for the bigger picture. Here […]

Aaron Gordon's defense is far ahead of his offense at this point. Photo by Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Magic hold on for win, learn a lot more

The biggest learning experience for the Magic in their first preseason game did not come in giving up a seven-point lead with three minutes to play. It did not come from Andrew Nicholson cutting baseline and popping open for a 15-foot jumper to send the game to overtime. Nor did it come from the Magic […]

Magic Wands: at Heat

Score Off. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Orlando 108 101.8
14.3 36.4
Miami 101 98.2 42.0 21.8 7.8

Miami, Fla.

(0-0) vs. (0-1)   
Time/TV: 7:30 p.m./No TV
Line: No Line
Tickets: $3-$920 on VividSeats
Season Series: Tonight in Miami (Preseason); Nov. 22 in Orlando; Dec. 29 in Miami; Feb. 25 in Orlando; April 13 in Miami
2014 Stats:

Pace Off. Rtg. Def. Rtg. eFG% O.Reb.% TO% FTR
Orlando 97.1 99.3 104.8 48.7 22.4 13.9 25.3
Miami 93.7 109.0 102.9 55.4 20.6 14.6 30.0

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Seth Curry has the family name and the intrigue of fans. But can he crack the Magic's roster? Photo by Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

BayHawks acquire Seth Curry

The Magic’s D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, have acquired Magic Summer League and training camp invitee Seth Curry from the Santa Cruz Warriors. Erie traded away a first round pick in the 2015 D-League draft and returning leading scorer Scott Suggs. Of course, the D-League is not really about winning and losing in the end. The […]

Magic hosting free open practice Monday

Photo by Gary Bassing/Orlando Magic

Photo by Gary Bassing/Orlando Magic

The Magic will host a free open practice Monday at Amway Center at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to the Magic players having the open practice, Stuff and the Magic Dancers will perform and exclusive ticket offers will be available that night only. There will also be a 10 percent discount at the Orlando Magic Team Shop.

The event is free, however, attendees will have to download a ticket and bring it with them. They can do this by visiting

See you there!


Orlando Magic Daily Mailbag Vol. 1: Just throw them in

The 2014-15 season is upon us! I cannot believe that Media Day has come and gone and that all the answers to our questions and hopes and fears will be answered in the next seven months. Or we can try to answer them all right now. That would make sense too. I invited you to […]

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The Magic remain an impressionable, impressive group

For the past two years, Rob Hennigan has built a team in kind of a strange way. His Dwight Howard trade — the foundation for everything that was to come next whether he liked it or not — netted the team a mix of young players like Nikola Vucevic and Maurice Harkless and some veterans […]

Previewing the Central and Northwest Divisions

The Cavs and Thunder could lead their divisions . . . and their conferences. Photo by AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

Central Division

Chicago Bulls: Blog a Bull
Cleveland Cavaliers: Fear the Sword | Waiting For Next Year
Detroit Pistons: Detroit Bad Boys
Indiana Pacers: Indy Cornrows
Milwaukee Bucks: Brew Hoop

Northwest Division

Denver Nuggets: Denver Stiffs
Minnesota Timberwolves: Canis Hoopus
Oklahoma City Thunder: Welcome to Loud City
Portland Trail Blazers: Blazer’s Edge
Utah Jazz: SLC Dunk

Index of all SBNation Previews

Additional Preview Features from Sonics Rising.

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Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris hopeful for extension

Training camp opened Tuesday with the first practice of the season. That will be followed by four days of two-a-day practices (at least that is what is scheduled) as the Magic prepare for the 2015 season. There is obviously tons of anticipation and interest in what this team will do. It would not be this […]

Previewing the Magic with Blazer’s Edge

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Photo by Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

I joined Chris Lucia of Blazer’s Edge to help them preview the Magic. They did not pull any punches, asking one of the bigger questions about the Magic right off the bat:

Blazer’s Edge: Will the Magic taking Elfrid Payton at No. 10 cut down on Victor Oladipo‘s minutes at point guard? How do you expect them to coexist in orlando’s backcourt together?

Philip Rossman-Reich: Ultimately Elfrid Payton is going to be this team’s point guard of the future. There is no getting around that. The Magic gave up some major assets to move up two spots for Payton — pretty much two first round picks. It is inevitable for Payton to start at point guard. I do not think it happens immediately however.

I think Victor Oladipo gets another quarter or half season as point guard before shifting over to shooting guard more permanently. Those skills cannot be bad for him to have in his development. The starting backcourt for the Magic at the end of the season is going to be Payton and Oladipo if things go according to plan.

It is a pretty dynamic backcourt with two guys who can aggressively attack the basket. One of them — preferably both — will have to develop a jumper to unlock their full potential. But this is an interesting duo of guards especially in the Eastern Conference.