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Penny & Pops Podcast: Who Should Orlando Take at #41 and #47?

2016 June 21
by Adam Papageorgiou

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Continuing our discussion on what the Orlando Magic should do in the upcoming 2016 NBA Draft, we examine some second-round prospects that could be on the team’s radar as the franchise owns the 41st and 47th picks.

We also make some more predictions that will probably not come true.

Warning: Adult Language

 

 

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO.

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There’s No Rush to Pinpoint What Aaron Gordon Becomes

2016 June 20
by Adam Papageorgiou

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This is an MBO series of 2015-2016 Orlando Magic seasonal player recaps and evaluations. Throughout this month of June – as the NBA Draft and free agency approach – we’ll dive into statistics, highlights, and more as we dissect the 14-man roster and figure out who should stay and who should go as we enter a crucial offseason in the franchise’s history.

Previously in the series:

#3 Dedmon

#5 Oladipo

#7 Ilyasova

#9 Vucevic

#13 Napier

#23 Hezonja

#55 Jennings

 

Any type of season would have been an upgrade over last year’s injury-plagued rookie campaign for Aaron Gordon. The 20-year-old Orlando Magic forward didn’t disappoint as he took advantage of more minutes and increased responsibilities. Other than picking up those concussion symptoms that kept him out of three games in the final month, Gordon was fully healthy. A far cry from his foot problems and the broken jaw he suffered last summer.

‘AG’ has two seasons of professional basketball under his belt, and he still won’t be able to legally drink alcohol in the states until September. His youth, combined with his hops and versatility make it really difficult for Magic fans not to be excited about the heights that the California native can reach.

 

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2015-2016: 78 games, 37 starts, 23.9 mpg, 9.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 47.3 FG%, 29.6 3PT%, 66.8 FT%

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Penny & Pops Podcast: Who Should Orlando Select with #11 Pick?

2016 June 20

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With the NBA Finals over, we can officially shift into NBA Draft and free agency mode. We discuss who the Orlando Magic should select with the #11 pick in the upcoming 2016 Draft that is happening on Thursday June 23rd. We make predictions.

The selections history of Rob Hennigan during his Magic GM tenure gets examined. Could the Magic look at going international instead of domestic? Should the Magic front office keep the pick? Should they trade down? Should they actually try and obtain another first-rounder?

Orlando already has a young team, should they go after another 19-year-old prospect, or should they grab an older and more experienced player? Is it about drafting based off position(s) of need, or best player available?

Warning: Adult Language

 

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO.

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Valuable Asset Nikola Vucevic Should Not be Traded

2016 June 19
by Adam Papageorgiou

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This is an MBO series of 2015-2016 Orlando Magic seasonal player recaps and evaluations. Throughout this month of June – as the NBA Draft and free agency approach – we’ll dive into statistics, highlights, and more as we dissect the 14-man roster and figure out who should stay and who should go as we enter a crucial offseason in the franchise’s history.

Previously in the series:

#3 Dedmon

#5 Oladipo

#7 Ilyasova

#13 Napier

#23 Hezonja

#55 Jennings

 

I’m waiting for an Orlando Magic coaching staff to fully give Nikola Vucevic the opportunity to truly carry the offensive load more than just a handful of games per season. In the 2015-2016 campaign, the team was 8-4 when ‘Vooch’ attempted 20 field goals or more in a contest. Why did the man that had the highest scoring average on the squad only get fed the ball a sizable amount in 12 games?

I know the game of basketball is supposedly getting smaller, where the center is an endangered species, but Orlando has a top-5 scoring big man in the league. Get him the damn ball.

Maybe Frank Vogel will give the Montenegrin center that opportunity to be able to flex those offensive muscles, while also helping prove to the rest of the basketball world that Vooch can be a decent defender.

2015-2016: 65 games, 60 starts, 31.3 mpg, 18.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.1 bpg, 51.0 FG%, 75.3 FT%

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Will Dewayne Dedmon’s Price Tag Be Low Enough To Retain Him?

2016 June 17
by Adam Papageorgiou

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This is an MBO series of 2015-2016 Orlando Magic seasonal player recaps and evaluations. Throughout this month of June – as the NBA Draft and free agency approach – we’ll dive into statistics, highlights, and more as we dissect the 14-man roster and figure out who should stay and who should go as we enter a crucial offseason in the franchise’s history.

Previously in the series:

#5 Oladipo

#7 Ilyasova

#13 Napier

#23 Hezonja

#55 Jennings

 

Dewayne Dedmon may be 26 years old, but there’s still a lot of potential – especially on the offensive end of the floor – that is there for discovery. It’s just a matter now of whether Frank Vogel and the Orlando Magic will get to build on what the backup center has become, or if another team will acquire his services.

With Kyle O’Quinn departing last summer, you could argue that Dedmon has the most fun personality currently on the roster. At the same time, he’s very dedicated to stick around in the NBA for a long time. Dedmon passed up attending the OMYF Black Tie & Tennis Gala just so he could get some extra playing time in the D-League.

2015-2016: 58 games, 20 starts, 12.2 mpg, 4.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 55.9 FG%, 75.0 FT%

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Brandon Jennings is a Shooter Who Shot a Bad Percentage

2016 June 16
by Adam Papageorgiou

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This is an MBO series of 2015-2016 Orlando Magic seasonal player recaps and evaluations. Throughout this month of June – as the NBA Draft and free agency approach – we’ll dive into statistics, highlights, and more as we dissect the 14-man roster and figure out who should stay and who should go as we enter a crucial offseason in the franchise’s history.

Previously in the series:

#5 Oladipo

#7 Ilyasova

#13 Napier

#23 Hezonja

 

Shame on anyone that believed the appearance of Brandon Jennings in Orlando meant Elfrid Payton was no longer the Magic’s franchise’s point guard. Jennings was simply acquired to bring some needed depth at the position. EP was out due to injury a few times during the season. C.J. Watson missed the vast majority of games during the ’15-’16 campaign.

Just like with Ersan Ilyasova, Jennings also was coached by Scott Skiles in Milwaukee. Brandon and Ersan were together both as Bucks and as Pistons, and the pair would make it over to one more franchise…Orlando. As we’ll probably find out this offseason, dealing away Tobias Harris and Channing Frye that returned those two was mostly about clearing cap space for it to be used this summer as well as next.

Unfortunately for Jennings, he looked like a guy still recovering from a ruptured Achilles that he suffered midway through the 2014-2015 season in Detroit. He spent a brief amount of D-League time in December before making his Pistons ’15-’16 debut on December 29th. Stan Van Gundy had him coming off the bench as SVG was trying to find some consistency from the 10th pick of the 2009 NBA Draft. Less than 2 months later, he’d be wearing a Magic jersey.

The hope was for Jennings’s shooting and added guard depth to spark a playoff run to the finish line. Well, the shooting percentages ended up looking like Orlando’s 35-47 record…not good.

2015-2016: 25 games, 6 starts, 18.1 mpg, 7.0 ppg, 4.0 apg, 2.0 rpg, 36.6 FG%, 34.6 3PT%, 75.0 FT%

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Ersan Ilyasova’s Contract Impact Outweighs On-Court Output

2016 June 15
by Adam Papageorgiou
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This is an MBO series of 2015-2016 Orlando Magic seasonal player recaps and evaluations. Throughout this month of June – as the NBA Draft and free agency approach – we’ll dive into statistics, highlights, and more as we dissect the 14-man roster and figure out who should stay and who should go as we enter a crucial offseason in the franchise’s history.

Previously in the series:

#5 Oladipo

#13 Napier

#23 Hezonja

 

When Ersan Ilyasova was dealt to Orlando in mid-February, a small burst of hope came with him. There was a tiny thought that maybe his and Brandon Jennings‘ veteran help could spark some sort of playoff run. That would not materialize.

The 29-year-old 6’10” forward obviously had a history with coach Scott Skiles in Milwaukee. No doubt that past played a role in Rob Hennigan deciding to deal for him. Yes, sending Tobias Harris away was basically a cap reset, but I’m sure other competitive offers were out there from other franchises.

Under Stan Van Gundy’s leadership in Detroit at the start of the ’15-’16 campaign, Ilyasova started all 52 games he played in a Pistons jersey. He averaged 11.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg on 42.5 FG% and 36.3 3PT%, but SVG and the rest of the front office thought they could upgrade.

2015-2016: 22 games, 4 starts, 20.3 mpg, 8.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 41.8 FG%, 40.9 3PT%, 71.1 FT%

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Orlando’s Citizens and Professional Sports Teams Unite

2016 June 14
by Adam Papageorgiou

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Orlando is still in its mourning period as it’s been a few days since the killings occurred this past weekend. But the city’s citizens – as well as the entire world – have escalated its giving and its praying.

 

 

 

 

 

Remember the GoFundMe money pouring into the Pulse victims community fund? It’s gone from hundreds of thousands of dollars, and skyrocketed to over $4 million.

On top of that, Mayor Buddy Dyer has announced the creation of the OneOrlando Fund. This takes into account the future as well, which is wise and smart. It’s a project of Strengthen Orlando, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation created for the purpose of supporting and starting projects to strengthen the Orlando community.

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Strength and Action Are Orlando’s Reaction to Mass Shooting

2016 June 12
by Adam Papageorgiou

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Sunday June 12, 2016 will forever be known as an unforgettable day for the city of Orlando…in the most tragic way possible. At 2 a.m. EST on Sunday, Pulse nightclub in SoDo (South Downtown) was attacked by a lone gunman. His name was Omar Mateen and he died after killing dozens of innocent people that included a 3-hour hostage situation. The people that were killed were just having a good time.

Mateen traveled from his Fort Pierce, FL home to the club – which is about 100 miles southeast of Orlando – to commit this massacre. Why did Mateen travel to Orlando and nowhere closer to home? It’s just speculation right now, but Mateen wanted to specifically target homosexuals. Pulse nightclub is known as the go-to gay club in town, but it’s not like those clubs don’t exist down south either. There are also rumors of terrorist group links as well to this awful situation.

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Former Magic Guard Brooks Thompson Passes Away at Age 45

2016 June 10
by Adam Papageorgiou

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News has circulated that Brooks Thompson has passed away at the young age of 45 years old. The 6’4″ point guard out of Oklahoma State was selected by the Orlando Magic with the 27th pick of the 1994 NBA Draft.

As a Cowboy basketball player, Thompson made First-Team All-Big Eight in ’94. Thompson is the second former Magic player to pass away in the past few days as Sean Rooks died earlier this week. The former Head Coach of UTSA the past decade, Thompson was diagnosed with double organ failure back in April.

Although Thompson was never able to transfer his college success into a lengthy NBA playing career, the left-handed guard was a bench player during those wonderful mid-’90s years in Orlando. In 2 regular seasons (’94-’95 and ’95-’96) in pinstripes, Thompson played 71 games and averaged 3.6 ppg and 1.0 apg on 42.9 FG% and 35.2 3PT%. His best regular season outing was when he dropped 21 points on the Detroit Pistons on March 19, 1996.

Thompson would be sort of a human victory cigar whenever the Magic were winning in blowout fashion as fans at the old O-rena would chant for Brooks to make an on-court appearance. Thompson’s playoff numbers are actually better than his regular season numbers, which is rare when you look back at all who have historically played for Orlando.

In 8 postseason contests with the Magic (3 in ’94-’95, and 5 in ’95-’96), Thompson averaged 4.8 ppg and 1.3 apg on 52.0 FG% and 40.0 3PT%. Thompson was relied on a lot in the 1996 playoffs as the Magic dealt with plenty of injury issues. Thompson dropped 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Bulls, a series that Chicago claimed in a sweep.

On an NBA level, Thompson is certainly best known for being on that 1995 NBA Finals team. After a few other NBA franchise stops, that’s when Brooks Thompson found another career in coaching.

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO.

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