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High Price Tag or Not, Orlando Must Keep Evan Fournier

2016 June 23
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:

#00 Gordon

#4 Payton

#3 Dedmon

#5 Oladipo

#7 Ilyasova

#9 Vucevic

#11 Marble

#13 Napier

#14 Smith

#23 Hezonja

#32 Watson

#44 Nicholson

#55 Jennings

 

It’s appropriate that I saved Evan Fournier for last as we conclude our 2015-2016 Orlando Magic player recap series. The final major Magic signing/acquisition of this summer could indeed be the French wing. Finishing as the team’s third-best scorer – behind Vucevic and Oladipo – the 23-year-old Fournier continues to improve statistically each year he’s been in the Association.

In his 4th year as an NBA employee, Evan proved that he can be a full-time starter. Be it at SG or at SF. At 6’7″, his size in combination with his fantastic driving and dribbling abilities proved potent for oppositions to try to defend. The 15.4 ppg is great enough, but the 46.2 FG% and 40.0 3PT% are indications that he was efficient as well. More importantly, Fournier continues to prove he’s not afraid of having the ball in his hands late in contests. He’s a top-3 closer option for this squad.

2015-2016: 79 games, 71 starts, 32.5 mpg, 15.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.2 spg, 46.2 FG%, 40.0 3PT%, 83.6 FT%

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Expect a Bounce Back ’16-’17 Third NBA Season for Elfrid Payton

2016 June 23
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:

#00 Gordon

#3 Dedmon

#5 Oladipo

#7 Ilyasova

#9 Vucevic

#11 Marble

#13 Napier

#14 Smith

#23 Hezonja

#32 Watson

#44 Nicholson

#55 Jennings

 

I’m looking forward to the 2016-2017 Elfrid Payton revenge tour. Barring something drastic occurring, that will happen in an Orlando Magic uniform. The 22-year-old franchise point guard – yes, you better believe I’m still referring to him as that – never could quite build off a promising 82-game rookie campaign.

The 6’4″ man from Gretna, Louisiana was playing catch-up health wise all year. A hamstring problem kept him out a majority of preseason and training camp. Not great timing considering he had to get acclimated with Scott Skiles‘ new system. A system that maybe didn’t fit who he was as a ball-handler and floor general. Payton did make it back in time for the start of the season, but you could see he was a bit off from what we were used to just six months prior.

It’s honestly quite surprising that Payton only missed 9 games. He was hampered by multiple ankle injuries in December and January. Then came the elbow problem in March. He probably should have missed at least double the 9 games he sat out. It’s a testament to his toughness for sure. Injuries won’t be anything he’ll complain about. Ever.

That’s why many people seem to ignore the fact that Payton was bogged down by so many ailments. In many ways though, Elfrid still managed to show improvement in certain areas of his game.

2015-2016: 73 games, 69 starts, 29.4 mpg, 10.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 6.4 apg, 1.2 spg, 43.6 FG%, 32.6 3PT%, 58.9 FT%

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Will Devyn Marble See a 3rd Season in Orlando Pinstripes?

2016 June 22
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:

#00 Gordon

#3 Dedmon

#5 Oladipo

#7 Ilyasova

#9 Vucevic

#13 Napier

#14 Smith

#23 Hezonja

#32 Watson

#44 Nicholson

#55 Jennings

 

Devyn Marble was selected 56th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. He technically wasn’t chosen by the Orlando Magic, but was part of that Evan FournierArron Afflalo Denver deal. To be fair to the 6’6″ Iowa Hawkeyes product, few prospects selected at that spot ever have strong careers in the league. Expectations should be kept low.

In two seasons with the Magic now, the 23-year-old has played in 44 total games with Orlando, scoring only 97 points in a combined 457 minutes. Marble is a career 30.4 FG% and 22.2 3PT% shooting at the moment. That’s going to have to improve significantly if he plans on sticking around in the Association.

2015-2016: 28 games, 0 starts, 8.9 mpg, 2.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 29.6 FG%, 25.0 3PT%, 41.7 FT%

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Deep Analysis: C.J. Watson Just Needs to Stay Healthy

2016 June 22
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:

#00 Gordon

#3 Dedmon

#5 Oladipo

#7 Ilyasova

#9 Vucevic

#13 Napier

#14 Smith

#23 Hezonja

#44 Nicholson

#55 Jennings

 

There’s not a whole lot one can say about C.J. Watson and his first season in Orlando without bringing up that crazy-long calf problem that kept him out of almost two-thirds of the ’15-’16 campaign. The 32-year-old University of Tennessee product only played 8 games prior to the All-Star Game. Eight! And those came the first 2 weeks of the season.

Watson was brought in to provide some veteran experience, but to also to be a shooting threat for nights where Elfrid Payton was either hurt or struggling mightily to toss the rock through the rim. Watson was supposed to be a point guard buffer. Yeah…so…about that…

 

2015-2016: 33 games, 2 starts, 19.9 mpg, 4.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, 34.3 FG%, 29.2 3PT%, 87.2 FT%

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No One Should Blame Andrew Nicholson if He Departs Orlando

2016 June 22
by Adam Papageorgiou
Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

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:

#00 Gordon

#3 Dedmon

#5 Oladipo

#7 Ilyasova

#9 Vucevic

#13 Napier

#14 Smith

#23 Hezonja

#55 Jennings

 

As of this posting, Andrew Nicholson is currently the longest-tenured Orlando Magic player currently. He was drafted 19th overall in 2012. That may not be the case come next month. The 26-year-old big man has to be more than frustrated with how his NBA career has gone so far.

When it comes to on-court time – and the inconsistent quantity of those minutes – I can’t think of a Magic man over the past few years that has a bigger gripe than the Mississauga, Ontario native. Season after season has seen the 6’9″ big man earn minutes for outstanding offense, only to see those minutes get taken away due to a lack of defense and rebounding.

2015-2016: 56 games, 0 starts, 14.7 mpg, 6.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 47.1 FG%, 36.0 3PT%, 78.5 FT%

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Jason Smith Was a Jump-Shooting Assassin for Orlando

2016 June 21
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:

#00 Gordon

#3 Dedmon

#5 Oladipo

#7 Ilyasova

#9 Vucevic

#13 Napier

#23 Hezonja

#55 Jennings

 

When the Orlando Magic signed Jason Smith to a one-year contract last year, I was kind of skeptical of what he’d be able to bring. Yes, he had played all 82 games with the New Yorks Knicks the season prior, but he looked like a man still trying to find his athleticism again after having knee surgery as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans during the ’13-’14 campaign.

Even though Smith turned into a ‘Magic Killer’ as a Knick, his overall season shooting percentage that ’14-’15 season was worse than many guards (43.8 FG%), let alone big men. On top of shooting percentage issue, Smith wasn’t nearly the rim protector he was in NOLA. Again, recovering from the knee surgery.

Who knew that the 30-year-old would not only find his bounce and athleticism from years past, but also that his jumper would drop into the net frequently enough that we believed Horace Grant version 2.0 was in our presence?

2015-2016: 76 games, 2 starts, 15.5 mpg, 7.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 48.5 FG%, 80.6 FT%

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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.

 

AG Blue Fire Jam

 

 

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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