Poor Shot Selection Has Keyed Magic Losing Streak
2012 November 14
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|
|% of total shots||28%||14%||8%||32%||18%|
What does this tell us?
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.