Orlando Magic Playbook: 5 ways the Orlando Magic offense changed after the All-Star Break

Jan 22, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (4) drives to the basket against the Golden State Warriors during the second half at Amway Center. Golden State Warriors defeated the Orlando Magic 118-98. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 22, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (4) drives to the basket against the Golden State Warriors during the second half at Amway Center. Golden State Warriors defeated the Orlando Magic 118-98. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jodie Meeks, Orlando Magic, Courtney Lee, New York Knicks
Jan 2, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Orlando Magic guard Jodie Meeks (20) drives to the basket past New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee (5) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports /

3-Point Distribution

As I noted earlier, the Magic’s 3-point shooting was not that great even after the All-Star Break.

After the All-Star Break, the team shot 32.0 percent from beyond the arc. That 26th in the league. The team took 27.0 3-pointers per game after the break, up from 25.7 per game before the break.

Orlando was more willing to take more 3-pointers and the team seemingly had the personnel. The Magic just did not have the production.

Jodie Meeks shot 41.0 percent from beyond the arc and Evan Fournier shot a respectable 37.5 percent. But Terrence Ross shot 34.1 percent and D.J. Augustin shot 29.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Orlando needs to find more shooters and more reliable shooting. But there are signs the Magic had a better relationship with the 3-point shooting that they can grow from as they improve their shooting.

After the All-Star Break, the Magic assisted on 182 of 208 3-point makes (87.5 percent). According to NBA.com’s Player Tracking statistics, 525 of the team’s 648 3-point attempts (81.0 percent) were categorized as open or wide open.

Before the All-Star Break, 1,242 of the team’s 1,456 3-point attempts were categorized as open or wide open (85.3 percent). The team assisted on 432 of 493 3-point makes (87.6 percent).

This is all to say, the Magic were getting the right kind of 3-pointers throughout the season. They were more willing to let them fly after the break.

Next: Orlando Magic 2017 Year-End Awards

The bottom line is for the Magic is they need shooting to see a true improvement to their offense. Before going anywhere else, the Magic need to address that need.