Orlando Magic Playbook: A first look at the Orlando Magic’s offense

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Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic
Cole Anthony had some stellar moments for the Orlando Magic in his preseason debut. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

Playing for pace

It was also clear Steve Clifford has placed an increased emphasis on generating easy offense in transition. The Orlando Magic were the seventh most-active team in transition during the preseason, according to Cleaning the Glass.

And it paid off — the Magic were the league’s second most-efficient transition offense through their four preseason games.

Both Cole Anthony and Markelle Fultz displayed a propensity for creating for themselves and their teammates in the open court.

Here, Anthony picks up the loose ball and commits early to push the tempo and displays his strength with a smooth left-handed finish against Malik Monk:

Fultz one-upped his rookie teammate when he went into his bag and found a euro-step reverse finish on Monk.

Against the Hawks, Fultz put on an offensive display in the open court, hinting at the growth that Clifford and the rest of the staff are so excited about.

Fultz has never been afraid to attack in a crowd, and he rarely makes up his mind before the play develops. He digests the action and then reacts.

The combined patience and athleticism show why he was so highly-touted coming out of the University of Washington.