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Poor Shot Selection Has Keyed Magic Losing Streak

2012 November 14
by Brian Serra

The following table takes a look at the Magic 5-game losing streak and where they are getting shots on the floor.

At Rim 3-9 Feet 10-15 Feet 16-23 Feet Threes
21 made 27 att 2 7 3 3 6 24 5 14
16 24 5 15 4 10 3 22 1 12
9 17 6 13 3 6 8 19 4 11
10 18 1 6 3 7 11 31 3 12
12 20 3 11 3 6 10 23 8 19
68 106 17 52 16 32 38 119 21 68
64% made 33% 50% 32% 31%
 % of total shots 28%   14%   8%   32%   18%

What does this tell us?

  1. The Magic are taking far too many inefficient shots. Of the 377 total shots taken during the last 5 games, the largest percentage of those shots (32%) are coming on the dreaded “long two”. It’s no surprise that they are lying buried in the bottum rung leaguewide in offensive effeciency.
  2. The team can’t get to the free throw line when they are shooting the majority of their shots 10 feet and beyond (58% of total shots). Further proving this point, Orlando currently ranks 2nd to last in the league in Free Throw Rate (free throws attempted/field goals attempted).
  3. The Magic, plain and simply, are not shooting the ball well. Some of this can be attributed to a lack of shooters on the court (Afflalo, Redick and Moore only deep shooting threats). A lot of it can be attributed to a lack of offensive flow. With Jameer Nelson sidelined throughout this entire streak, shot creation has been minimal. While Afflalo and Moore can create shots for themselves, only Redick is capable of truly being a setup man for others. The Magic are forced to rely on a team effort ,which sounds great in theory, but in practice  it’s just a group of mediocre passers who are trying to be something they aren’t.

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