The Orlando Magic were able to sneak in a practice on Thursday before flying out later in the afternoon to Indiana for their preseason matchup with the Pacers. Head Coach Jacque Vaughn knows there will be different starters from what we saw in the Miami contest. JV has been pleased with Elfrid Payton and how he has progressed with the point guard load. Victor Oladipo may be progressing quicker from his sprained MCL injury than initially predicted. Before chatting with us Vic walked with the basketball, jumped up about a foot as he attempted a lay-up, landed and swiftly jogged over to the interview area. Everyone is in good spirits as they look to build off a great showing in Miami.
Below are interviews of Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo as well as some practice footage.
ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network – which is over 200 contributors – are ranking every NBA player and counting them down on Twitter (@ESPNNBA) from #500 to the top of the food chain. This if the 4th year they’re conducting this ranking. That means fifteen Orlando Magic players obviously get mentioned as well.
The ESPN Forecast panel rated each player on a 0-to-10 scale in terms of “the overall level of play for each player for the upcoming NBA season.” This includes both the quality and the quantity of his expected contributions, combined in one overall rating. So it’s not surprising to see some questionable results when you have that many individuals involved in your process. Here’s what they came up with.
Below you’ll find a further breakdown with errors and opinion.
The Orlando Magic are 1-0 to begin the preseason and were back in town Wednesday morning to practice following that victory over the Heat. It’s always the ideal way you want to start your campaign as a rookie, or any player for that matter. Head Coach Jacque Vaughn was very pleased with his team’s effort, especially what Elfrid Payton provided. Channing Frye and Victor Oladipo are not practicing due to their sprained MCLs, but Willie Green is back to partial practices as he recovers from a hyper-extended knee.
The Orlando Magic opened up their 2014-2015 preseason campaign with a 108-101 overtime victory over the Heat in Miami on Tuesday. Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn should be thrilled with the performances he received out of his 12 healthy men. The Magic shot 45.5 FG% while holding Miami to 39.4% and an atrocious 5-for-32 from 3-point range. Orlando only averaged 20.9 free throws per game last season (26th in the league), but hoisted 32 on this evening. Orlando out-rebounded their opponents 56-48 and had 6 Magic men in double figure scoring led by Nikola Vucevic with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Chris Bosh and Luol Deng paced Miami with 18 points each.
Vucevic and Tobias Harris (15 points and 7 boards) set the tempo early for what would be a great showing for two men seeking contract extensions. Evan Fournier started at SG in his debut and contributed 13 points. Off the bench, Maurice Harkless tallied an efficient 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting while Kyle O’Quinn notched 10 points and 6 rebounds. The Magic bench in the first half crushed Miami’s.
Orlando’s rookies displayed outstanding growth and defensive prowess. Devyn Marble led the youth with 13 points in thirteen minutes of action. Elfrid Payton tallied 4 points and 7 assists. The 20-year-old did commit 5 turnovers and only shoot 1-for-8 from the field, but his overall impact far outweighed the negatives. Aaron Gordon started at small forward and finished with 6 points and 8 rebounds. The Iowa Hawkeye was especially impressive down the stretch with his clutch shots.
— Adam Papageorgiou (@adamosgp) October 8, 2014
Below is the full game recap.
It’s here! Orlando Magic preseason basketball! Head Coach Jacque Vaughn and his crew are in Miami to take on the Heat tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST. Channing Frye, Victor Oladipo, and Willie Green are all unavailable due to injuries but they are with the team. They’ll be out of the lineup for at least a few games. That leaves 12 Magic men who will all see floor time.
We won’t know who Coach Vaughn starts until about an hour before tip-off, but here’s what I think the starting lineup and depth chart should look like tonight.
PG: Elfrid Payton – Luke Ridnour
I know all interview indications are that Aaron is going to play mostly small forward, but I’m trying to rebel against that notion as much as possible. He weighs 225 pounds now, but that frame is meant to put on muscle like Blake Griffin did. O’Quinn started 19 games last season and is the same choice in my eyes to partner up with Vucevic again. Those two have phenomenal passing prowess for big men and already have solid chemistry. Plus, I’d like to see Orlando try and bully the Heat in the paint and cause Erik Spoelstra to make adjustments. Dedmon is going to have to show growth from his 16 games with the Magic to end last season. Summer League wasn’t enough for me to assess Dewayne properly.
I never want to see Tobias Harris start a game at power forward ever again. T12 added a lot of muscle but is still weighs the same due to his new diet. He’s quicker and more agile than he’s ever been. He’s not meant to bang around in the paint like he did last season. It’s time to let Harris prove he can be this team’s Carmelo Anthony. Harkless on the other hand is best off the bench currently as the team’s defensive specialist and corner 3-point weapon. Maurice will find plenty of minutes. Marble should see time at both SG and SF where he was very comfortable in both spots during Summer League. I want to see if Devyn’s transition offense and defensive intensity can carry over into this preseason.
Obviously the guards benefit the most. Elfrid gets to be thrown into the fire. I want Evan starting with Payton because Fournier proved in the FIBA World Cup that he’s a great partner whenever a coach wants to run sets with two ball-handlers. Then you have your veterans. Luke Ridnour is more than worthy of being a backup point guard, but can he still hang with starting opposition? Can he play uptempo in Coach Vaughn’s system? Ben Gordon has been one of the hardest working Magic men this offseason and he appears determined to let his awful experience in Charlotte not define him. Ben is ideal off the bench because he’s too small and not agile enough anymore to guard most starting SGs. As backup though, Ben should find plenty of scoring chances.
Andrew Nicholson is the wildcard. Because his game is the most similar to Channing Frye’s, Vaughn may surprise us by having Andrew start. Or we can see him getting the fewest minutes out of his teammates. It’s just that unpredictable at this moment. Nicholson was able to regain his confidence while with the Canadian national team this summer during their European tour and Vaughn has noted that the 24-year-old is in great shape and expects to see the “good Andrew” once again. Like Maurice, Andrew needs to prove that he has a future in Orlando. That means more post-ups which is his bread and butter.
This game won’t be televised in Orlando. Your options are to listen to the spectacular Dennis Neumann on AM ESPN 580 or to hunt down an internet stream of the action.
Orlando Magic players and coaches signed items during the team’s internal autograph session on Monday October 6th. Each season, the entire Magic team autographs nearly 1,000 items for schools, nonprofit organizations, and other charitable events. The items they sign include photos, basketballs, jerseys, shoes and a variety of Magic paraphernalia all signed using the official autograph marker of the Orlando Magic, Dixon Ticonderoga Redisharp Permanent Marker. The value of these exclusive autographed items is about $140,000. They are distributed to the community during the season to assist charitable endeavors.
The Magic remains committed to Central Florida. Throughout the Magic’s 26-year history, the team’s community programs have impacted nearly two million total youth along with more than 5,000 player and community ambassador appearances, and donated more than $40 million to the local community via event sponsorships, donated tickets, autographed merchandise, scholarships, and grants over the years. The Magic continues their quest to be champions on the court and in the community, looking forward to a city that flourishes through a collaborative effort of the Magic’s coaches, players, employees, partners, fans and Central Floridians. To learn more about Magic community efforts, visit http://www.nba.com/magic/magic-in-the-community.
For a while now the Orlando Magic have planned to have Kadeem Batts, Peyton Siva, Drew Crawford, and Seth Curry eventually end up with their D-League affiliate the Erie BayHawks come late October. Magic GM Rob Hennigan even partially guaranteed their contracts to ensure that he would get these 4 players in his training camp. It’s also why you won’t see any of the four players step onto the court for the Magic in preseason.
Based on how the Magic signed Batts, Crawford, and Siva we knew their paths after training camp should lead them all to Erie. Curry was the question mark though. Even though Seth spent time with the Magic’s Summer League roster in July, his D-League rights still belonged to the Santa Cruz Warriors who the 24-year-old played with last season.
A solution has been found. The BayHawks today announced the acquiring of Curry’s D-League rights in a trade with Santa Cruz. In exchange for the guard, the BayHawks are sending the Warriors a 1st Round pick in the 2015 D-League Draft along with the rights of Scott Suggs. Suggs was on the Magic’s Summer League roster as well having played 2 games. The 24-year-old Suggs is a 6’6″ wing who had very solid statistics last season with Erie. Suggs is currently playing in France for Chalon and just posted a 35-point game a few days ago.
Curry played in the D-League All-Star Game earlier this year and should be a primary weapon for new BayHawks Head Coach Bill Peterson who has been in Orlando recently to keep tabs on his possible four new players. Curry played for 3 years at Duke before going undrafted in 2013. Erie begins their ’14-’15 season on November 14th when they travel to Idaho to play the Stampede. The BayHawks’ first games in Erie will be on November 21st and 22nd when they host the defending champion Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Once Curry gets waived by the Magic in a few weeks and clears NBA waivers, he’ll be a BayHawk. There he’ll be in a system devised similarly as to what the Magic run. Depending on how Orlando’s roster deals with injuries combined with Seth’s play on the court, there’s a slight chance we see Curry join the Magic at some point in the regular season.
Interesting enough Scott Suggs was drafted by Santa Cruz last season before being traded to Erie before training camp
— Sea Dubs Central (@SeaDubsCentral) October 7, 2014
By now you should know that Orlando Magic players Tobias Harris and Channing Frye are first cousins. We already knew 22-year-old Tobias had a great sense of humor. Now the 31-year-old Frye has been added into the roster mix. T12 was obviously thrilled to have family on the team. That means like a lot of relationships between cousins, there’s a lot of fun pranking and friendly trash talking between the two individuals. The great news for Magic fans, is that we get to watch a lot of it unfold this season on Twitter and Instagram. There have already been some gems.
@tobiasharris instead of having a full length mirror he did this #22yroldproblems
That’s the older cousin drawing first blood a few weeks ago, and it’s gotten better since.
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NBA 2K15 was released midnight on October 7th. I already revealed the Orlando Magic player ratings, now let’s see how these guys look in the video gaming world.
Surprisingly, the Magic are handling the Grizzlies quite well in Memphis. Look how dominant that bench is with Ben Gordon making buckets.
Not bad. It is strange seeing Andrew Nicholson being inserted as a small forward though.
Below you’ll find more action.
The Orlando Magic and Florida Hospital are combining forces to host the 2nd Annual Pink in the Paint Breast Cancer Awareness Night on Wednesday October 22nd when the Magic host the Houston Rockets at the Amway Center. During the evening, chosen Central Florida breast cancer survivors will be hosted as special guest honorees.
If you wish to support the cause while simultaneously supporting the Magic, you can buy a ticket today and receive one commemorative t-shirt for each purchase. They start as low as $15 and there are currently seats available in the upper bowl and lower bowl. Click here to buy your ticket(s). You can show your displeasure for Dwight Howard knowing fully well that your money is going to a great cause.
You can also nominate a breast cancer survivor who is a strong advocate for awareness, a leader in the community, and helps support other breast cancer patients or survivors so that they can be honored at the Pink in the Paint game.