Photo by David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

National media still confused with Magic offseason

The offseason is more or less over for the Magic. Friday, the team announced the signing of Luke Ridnour, putting the roster officially at 15 players. That leaves no room for anyone else. Since it is the end of July and the basketball topics are drying up, it is time to review the offseason. Generally, […]

NikolaVucevicBucks111313

Defenses turn their eyes toward Nikola Vucevic

It has been a summer of promise for the Magic. They have continued to look at the development of Victor Oladipo and reformed the backcourt with Elfrid Payton. They drafted Aaron Gordon, putting pressure on the forward positions to sort itself out. One thing that appears to be more than constant is center Nikola Vucevic. […]

Tobias Harris excited to rejoin Team USA program

“That makes it even more of a complete honor to be part of something so special. It’s a blessing to be a part of the team. Like anything that I do, I’m going to go with it and just go there and work as hard as I can and play my game. To be recognized to be a part of it, it just shows that the hard work has been paying off and that people respect my game and the hard work that I put in.”

Magic forward Tobias Harris to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel

Harris, as Robbins notes, missed out on playing with the U18 team at the 2010 World Championships because of an injury. Getting back in the Team USA program, even through the Select Team (the training partners for the national team as they prepare for the World Cup next month).

With the announcement that Kevin Love is pulling out of the roster pool and with LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin already pulling out, there is a serious gap at power forward. The only power forwards in the roster pool now are Anthony Davis, Kenneth Faried and Chandler Parsons. Maybe you can include DeMarcus Cousins and Kevin Durant as potential players who can fill in at that position.

Harris likely will not get that shot in this tournament. The Select Team is used for training and evaluation purposes for future U.S. national teams.

[Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel]

Photo by Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

Who Is: Elfrid Payton

The going thought entering this year’s NBA Draft was that the Magic needed to get a point guard. Whether that would be Dante Exum or Marcus Smart with the fourth pick, it was clearly time to move on from Jameer Nelson and turn the reigns over to someone else. That very well could have been […]

MauriceHarklessThunder032213

Maurice Harkless goes FIBA

Anyone searching for basketball right now can only look to the end of August and salivate. No matter how many Twitter memes and puns we come up with, it does not replace basketball — even Summer League basketball. We are starting to lament the loss of playground basketball, for crying out loud. The teams prepping […]

Magic sign Devyn Marble

Marble was acquired on draft night from the Denver Nuggets along with Evan Fournier in exchange for Arron Afflalo.

He averaged 9.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in five games at the Orlando Summer League after finishing his collegiate career at Iowa averaging 17.0 points per game as a senior.

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel was first with the report of Marble’s signing. Robbins reports Marble will sign a three-year deal with the first year fully guaranteed and the last two years partially guaranteed.

Victor Oladipo does not quite move the needle yet to make the Magic contenders. Photo by Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Victor Oladipo’s next task — efficiency

Without a doubt, the Magic are handing the keys over to their kids. It is Year Three of the rebuild, it is time to see exactly what the Magic have in their cupboard and figure out what the Magic will look like moving forward. It still seems like a bit of a mystery who will […]

Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Magic have some money, not likely to spend it

Free agency is just about over with most of the teams with cap room having spent the majority of their space. The big free agents remaining are Greg Monroe and Eric Bledsoe. The fact they are restricted free agents have scared some teams away because it is believed the Suns and Pistons would match any […]

ErieBayHawksLogo

Magic holding Erie BayHawks tryout in September

The Magic will be managing the Erie BayHawks of the D-League this upcoming season. No one is quite sure exactly how the relationship will work. The trend in the league is to have more of these one-on-one relationships with D-League teams where the parent franchise manages the basketball operations of the team. This ensures that […]

Channing Frye one of league’s best signings?

“Let’s just get this out of the way: Frye is an RPM darling. As a smart 3-point shooting big man, Frye is a poster boy of the modern NBA, contributing to the scoreboard in ways that aren’t fully captured in the box score. The spacing he affords his teammates by drifting on the perimeter simply can’t be quantified by conventional stats.

If a championship contender got Frye at this price, we’d probably hear more about it. But because the basement-dwelling Magic grabbed him at a time when they probably shouldn’t be giving big money to veterans, the deal won’t get its due. It’s a fairly long commitment to a 31-year-old, but at just $8 million a year, this could be the Paul Millsap contract of this offseason.”

Tom Haberstroh, ESPN.com

In calling Frye one of the league’s best free agent signings of the summer, Haberstroh notes Frye posted 10.8 wins above replacement last year. His expected value would have been at $12.2 million per year. That is a bit of a bargain for the Magic.

Of course, Frye will be in a very different offense in Orlando than he was in Phoenix. It will be interesting to see how he gets used this time around.

Photo by Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Meeting Evan Fournier

With the reported signing of Luke Ridnour, the Magic’s offseason is pretty much over. The team made some splashes in free agency going after Ben Gordon and Channing Frye (and Ridnour). Frye will be around for a while. Gordon and Ridnour could be gone in a year. Outside of the draft picks, the big acquisition […]

Visualizing Magic guards’ shooting

Some really interesting stuff from our pal Scott Fisher over at Orlando Magic Stuff.

Using shot charts provided by Nylon Calculus, Fisher evaluated the Magic’s guards by their shot charts. Take a look at what he wrote on Victor Oladipo:

“Yeesh.  I knew Oladipo was a poor shooter last season — he had one of the worst ShotScores in the league, per Grantland’s Kirk Goldsberry — but I guess part of me was hoping to see a little more red on his chart.  He’s great at attacking the basket, but as you can see, he struggled to convert when he got there.  He improved at this as the season progressed, so I would expect him to be much better this season, but it’s still a little concerning that he wasn’t able to capitalize on one of his best strengths — his ability to blow by his opponent.”

Quantcast