Searching for 3-point shooting
As the Orlando Magic’s defense seemed to modernize, the only missing piece was the team’s offense. And while the Magic believe they are closer to creating the kind of spread offense they need based on how last season ended, it is clear the team needs 3-point shooting too.
That was clear in Summer League too. Orlando went 2-3 despite its strong defense thanks in part to shooting 29.4 percent from beyond the arc. This was not a good shooting team.
One of the team’s better shooters in Patricio Garino shot 3 for 12 from beyond the arc for the week. He struggled to show himself as a 3-point shooter.
Marcus Georges-Hunt still has to prove himself as a 3-point shooter. That is the key to him making the roster ultimately. He was one of the few players who made his 3-point shot consistently throughout the week.
There is no victory in this league without good shooting.
This is not something Isaac is going to solve. He is an OK 3-point shooter, but not someone who is going to spread the floor. He will have to prove he can spread the floor with his shot.
The Magic were not a great 3-point shooting team last year either. Even after the All-Star Break. And the team is trying to modernize its offense.
The offense the Magic ran during Summer League is not going to inspire much. Then again, it is Summer League. Orlando certainly did not have the same quality of attacking players as it will when the regular season begins.
But the Summer League proved a strong defense alone is not going to be enough to win. That seems to be the case during the regular season too. And Orlando still has not done much to solve the team’s offensive woes even as it builds a stronger defense.