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.
The Orlando Magic will be hosting a “Court of Dreams” Game-Day Clinic presented by UnitedHealthcare on Friday October 24th at Amway Center on the parquet floor. It’s for children between the ages of 6 and 18 years old. This unique event will take place on an Orange County student holiday and teacher workday. It will provide participants with the rare opportunity to play where the professional basketball players play. Participants will receive expert instruction from the Magic Youth Basketball staff, a reversible Orlando Magic Youth Basketball jersey, a commemorative group photo at center court and two lower level tickets to that night’s preseason contest against the Dallas Mavericks.
As a BONUS, registrants will also receive two lower level tickets to see the Orlando Magic take on the Washington Wizards on Thursday October 30th for the Magic’s first regular season home game. Players of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to take part in this event as participants will be grouped based on age and ability. Ticket-holding family and friends are invited to watch the clinic from the courtside seats. Extra game tickets are available for purchase at discounted rates and seat upgrades are also available. Click here to register your child(ren) for the camp. That’s a lot of items and services for $99. I have a feeling the event will sell out quickly. Orlando Magic Youth Basketball is presented by UnitedHealthcare and is officially sponsored by Gatorade and NBA City.
Below is the agenda for Friday October 24th.
Clinic: 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. for ages 6-11
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. for ages 12-18
Game Tip-Off: 7:00 p.m.
Following the sprained MCL that Channing Frye has in his left knee, Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo on Friday night ended up spraining the MCL in his right knee during the squad’s scrimmage. Vic finished the session before noticing any discomfort. Based on Monday’s interviews with Oladipo and Coach Jacque Vaughn, there is no timetable yet for Victor’s return. It apparently happened on a play at the rim. Victor initially thought he tweaked his ankle, but soon learned it was his knee. ‘Dipo had an MRI on Saturday with no further injury concerns aside from the MCL sprain. As always, the Indiana Hoosier seemed beyond optimistic and I wouldn’t rule him out from being available by the first regular season game. Vic says it’s first time in his playing career he’s had any leg injury.
Oladipo says he’s taking it day-by-day, but in the interview seemed to accept that he won’t be playing in the preseason. The 22-year-old is obviously out for the Magic’s first preseason game in Miami on Tuesday against the Heat, but he will be traveling with the team. Along with Willie Green hyper-extending his knee on Saturday and being unavailable for the Heat game, this opens up the door for Elfrid Payton and Evan Fournier to possibly start in the backcourt with veterans Luke Ridnour and Ben Gordon as well as rookie Devyn Marble looking at extra time.
It’s never good news when Jacque Vaughn starts off an interview before questions get asked. Just like how Friday’s interviews were all about Channing Frye and his injury, Monday there was plenty of chatter about Victor Oladipo also spraining his MCL. Let’s not forget that Tuesday kicks off the Orlando Magic’s 2014 preseason campaign as they will head down to South Beach to take on the Miami Heat. That means Head Coach Jacque Vaughn will enter his third season at the helm and he’s excited about rookies Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, and Devyn Marble. Channing Frye, Willie Green, and Victor Oladipo are all unavailable for the game, but will travel with the team.
Below are interviews from Elfrid Payton, Aaron Gordon, and Tobias Harris.
Believe it or not the Orlando Magic’s first preseason game will be Tuesday in Miami against the Heat. So before we actually see this new roster actually play 48 minutes, let’s see how these guys shot the ball last season. Austin Clemens of Nylon Calculus during the offseason created shot charts of college and NBA players that are easy on the eyes to view. Clemens made field goal percentage and points per shot versions. I’m just going to focus on the Field Goal % portion.
Field Goal %: Colors reflect the player’s FG% from a particular area compared to the NBA average from that area. Squares represent 1ft x 1ft boxes but shots are collected from within five feet of the box and then given a weight corresponding to: 1/√d where d is the shot’s distance from the center of the box. This provides for some continuity of color while also allowing FG% to vary smoothly across the court. The boxes provide fairly accurate representations of where a player takes his shots, but should not be considered an exact guide to shot locations (some compromises were made for design). Generally, the placement of boxes exaggerates a player’s tendency. A player who prefers the left side, for example, will appear to favor the left side more than he really does.
So with that, below are all 15 Magic players and their shot charts from their respective ’13-’14 campaigns. For the college kids, the placement of boxes isn’t as precise due to how the data materializes not as well as the NBA.
Orlando Magic training camp invitees Peyton Siva, Kadeem Batts, Drew Crawford, and Seth Curry know that they most likely won’t be making the final 15-man roster for the October 28th regular season opener. Odds are that three or even all four players will be on the Erie BayHawks by the end of October. Lost in the insanity of Saturday’s college football insanity, was these four men sharing some laughs in the back of a car last night and Siva recording the action.
It seems like harmless fun among professionals who are going to be guaranteed money just to spend a few weeks working with the Magic. If it wasn’t, then I highly doubt Peyton would have uploaded it to social media and have his teammates retweet and happily respond to it. It’s four guys kicking back on a Saturday night and enjoying their free time following a second consecutive day of exhausting 2-a-day practices knowing they would have Sunday off.
Maybe we can make this an NBA TV show like how Jerry Seinfeld has his Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee web show. Call it Ballers in Backseats or something. So new BayHawks Head Coach Bill Peterson will at least have a few of his future acquisitions having built some chemistry together.
UPDATE: 10/5/14 4:22 p.m. – As you may notice, the Vine clips from Siva’s account no longer exist. Carry on, readers.