2017-18 Player Review: Aaron Gordon

April 19, 2018

ORLANDO – In a myriad of ways, Aaron Gordon’s up-and-down season proved to be a microcosm of the path that the Orlando Magic took in 2017-18. A promising and prolific start for Gordon was interrupted by injuries and ultimately proved disappointing because of a frustrating finish. Similarly, the Magic opened at 6-2 and 8-4, got battered throughout by a myriad of injuries and slumped to a 25-57 finish that fell…

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Ranking NBA's Best Power Forwards in 2017-18

April 19, 2018

OrlandoMagic.com’s Josh Cohen ranks the NBA’s best power forwards in 2017-18. Click through this slideshow for full rankings and analysis. Tied #10 Lauri Markkanen Very rarely do the “sellers” in a blockbuster trade win a deal. Usually, the best player that’s included in the trade goes on to have the greatest impact. But every so often, that doesn’t turn out to be the case. While the Timberwolves are probably very…

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Do Coaches Who Previously Played in NBA Have an Advantage or Does That Not Matter?

April 18, 2018

ORLANDO – The only people who understand the highs and lows that NBA players go through and the grind of an 82-game regular season, Orlando Magic veteran center Marreese Speights said, is someone who actually played the game at the highest level themselves. For that reason, Speights is happy that more than half of the 12 coaches he’s played for throughout his 10-year, six-team pro career actually played in the…

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2018 NBA Draft Lottery Odds

April 18, 2018

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Suns 25.0 21.5 17.7 35.8 Grizzlies 19.9 18.8 17.1 31.9 12.4 Mavericks 13.8 14.2 14.5 23.8 29.0 4.5 Hawks 13.7 14.2 14.5 8.5 32.3 15.5 1.3 Magic 8.8 9.6 10.6 26.2 35.9 8.4 0.4 Bulls 5.3 6.0 7.0 44.0 33.1 4.5 0.1 Kings 5.3 6.0 7.0 57.3 22.6 1.8 Nets 2.8 3.3 3.9 72.5 16.8…

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Ranking NBA's Best Small Forwards in 2017-18

April 17, 2018

OrlandoMagic.com’s Josh Cohen ranks the NBA’s best small forwards in 2017-18. Click through this slideshow for full rankings and analysis. Honorable Mentions Harrison Barnes – His second season in Dallas was very much like his first. Among all small forwards this season, he ranked first in post-up scoring and second in isolation. Robert Covington – When we compile the greatest undrafted players in NBA history years from now, Covington is…

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Magic's Head Coach Position is an Attractive Opportunity for Potential Candidates

April 13, 2018

ORLANDO – The Orlando Magic are poised to start the process of hiring their fifth head coach since 2012, something that theoretically could give potential candidates temporary cause for concern. However, Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman said he can quickly clear up any questions about the coaching opening by detailing the experiences of his own that led him to Orlando nearly a year ago. Soon, Weltman promised, everyone…

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Ranking NBA's Best Shooting Guards in 2017-18

April 13, 2018

OrlandoMagic.com’s Josh Cohen ranks the NBA’s best shooting guards in 2017-18. Click through this slideshow for full rankings and analysis. Honorable Mentions Lou Williams – What he accomplished this season, his 13th in the NBA, is astounding. To go from being a run-of-the-mill supporting cast member to a guy who averaged 22.6 points per game is truly unreal. Jrue Holiday – Many had said in the past that Holiday is…

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Weltman Says Team Won't Act Hastily in Finding New Head Coach

April 12, 2018

ORLANDO – At various points throughout yet another disappointing season for the Orlando Magic, troubling evidence kept emerging that the team was off track, no longer making positive progress and in need of a change. For those reasons, Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman – the man hired last May and tasked with returning Orlando to prominence – made the call on Thursday morning to fire head coach Frank…

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Ranking NBA's Best Point Guards in 2017-18

April 12, 2018

OrlandoMagic.com’s Josh Cohen ranks the NBA’s best point guards in 2017-18. Click through this slideshow for full rankings and analysis. Honorable Mentions Goran Dragic – He might be the most unpredictable of anyone on this list. Some nights he’s spectacular, capitalizing on his supreme craftiness and relentlessness. Other nights, you forget he’s on the floor. D’Angelo Russell – A knee injury caused him to miss 34 games in his first…

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Orlando Magic Dismiss Frank Vogel as Head Coach

April 12, 2018

ORLANDO – When the Orlando Magic hired Frank Vogel as head coach slightly less than two years ago, he was tasked with cultivating the young talent on hand and getting the franchise back in the Eastern Conference playoffs. When neither of those things occurred on a consistent enough basis over the past two seasons, Vogel was relieved of his duties as the Magic’s head coach on Thursday. “We would like…

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