3 ways Jalen Suggs will improve for the Orlando Magic in 2024
The other half of that coin when it comes to shooting better in the paint and at the rim comes down to protecting the ball. This is an area where everyone on the Magic has to improve.
But the decision-making at the basket is one of the critical points of emphasis for Suggs and one of the areas he can improve. It is not just about his shooting at the rim.
Suggs averaged 1.8 turnovers per game. That was down from 3.0 turnovers per game in his rookie year. It was a big step up for him.
But it is an area where he and the rest of his teammates can get a lot better.
The Magic ranked 27th in the league with a turnover rate of 15.1 percent. This is an area where young teams are expected to struggle. It is also the biggest area where fans can expect the Magic to take a step up this season.
Suggs’ raw turnover numbers were low, but he had a 12.7-percent turnover rate. That was the fifth-highest turnover rate on the team behind Jay Scrubb, Bol Bol, Michael Carter-Williams and Kevon Harris. That essentially means Suggs had the highest turnover rate among all rotation players.
So not only does Suggs need to make more shots at the rim but he needs to be smarter on his attacks and how he passes out of them. He clearly has the passing skill to make plays. Now it is about the consistency of making the right decisions every time he gets downhill.
That has been as big a thing holding him back as his poor shooting — if you are going to be a poor shooter, you better be able to get to the rim effectively.
Orlando as a whole has to reduce its turnovers. That is something everyone expects to gain with experience. And so a full healthy summer is as likely to improve his shooting as it is his decision-making in this area too.
It is one of the many ways the Magic should get better and Suggs specifically.