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  1. Kevin Pelton thread

    I Know !!!....The timing of this is INCREDIBLE !!! Anyway, a few of my takeaways from his article.... 1. As he tweeted earlier this summer he likes Tobias and dedicated the majority of his piece here dissecting his game. 2. Doesn't mention our team except briefly saying we are an "interesting" team. 3. Thinks Dedmon sucks even though he is our only rim-protector on the roster basically saying he kills our already shaky spacing and has horse hooves for hands, lol....(why is Dedmon still on our roster if he doesn't fit ?) 4. Thinks our best chance for success is playing Harris and Gordon together to get solid two-way play, Harris saying, "Teams would have to pick their poison,. It would certainly be the most entertaining". 5. Lowe seems to be putting the onus for team success on Tobias.... GO MAGIC !!!!!
  2. Official 2015 Offseason Thread

    Fox Sports Magic Grade...B-...thinks Magic can make playoffs because seeds 7 thru 13 will only be separated by a few games. http://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/nba-offseason-grades-la-lakers-ny-knicks-boston-celtics-chicago-bulls-miami-heat-071615
  3. Official 2015 Offseason Thread

    Done ...check your PM
  4. Kevin Pelton thread

    Yes, speaking of...I haven't been able to find 1 thing he has had to say about the Magic off-season...I mean "0"...Anybody that has please enlighten me. I know when the Magic were negotiating with Harris he tweeted he liked Harris but to my knowledge that's been it. And I agree about his writing skills...read him a lot.
  5. Kevin Pelton thread

    Tyler (ND) Can you rank the new coaches being hired this offseason in order of who you think will do best/best fit? Skiles to Magic, Hoiberg to Bulls, Donovan to Thunder, and Gentry to Pelicans? Kevin Pelton Who will do best probably depends more on the roster than the coach, so Donovan is likely to have the best first season even if there's an adjustment to the NBA. Then Hoiberg, Gentry and it will be an accomplishment for Skiles to get the Magic to the postseason.
  6. Official 2015 Offseason Thread

    Bradford Doolittle ranking young cores of the NBA....Here was his criterion: Number 1 team is.... Number 2 is.... Number 3 is... 4. is Celtics 5. is Sixers 6. is Blazers 7. is Charlotte 8. is Raptors 9. is..... 10. is Pistons http://espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/13284788/nba-ranking-young-cores-nba
  7. Kevin Pelton thread

    Good post...fair enough...thanks for the research because I forgot to mention that I did not research it and did not know or have an answer...just wanted to know after thinking as far back as I could about all the great PG's that won Championships and knowing how poorly Elfrid shoots. With Elfrid you can also combine his college shooting stats and see there is a definite pattern not easily broken. Again, was looking more for career shooting stats...all of it, free throws, fg percent and may as well throw in 3 point shooting for anyone with time. Has there ever been a PG win a Championship with career shooting percentage equal or worse than Elfrid ?
  8. Kevin Pelton thread

    Since we're on the subject of Payton I posed a question to Soul Bro that I'm going to submit to this board. In the history of the NBA has there ever been a team to win an NBA Championship with a PG who shoots as poorly as Elfrid Payton ??? Before anyone answers Rajon Rondo ( like Soul Bro ) I'll post his and Elfrid's career stats for you... http://m.bkref.com/m?p=XXplayersXXrXXrondora01.html http://m.bkref.com/m?p=XXplayersXXpXXpaytoel01.html
  9. Official 2015 Offseason Thread

    Bleacher Report Magic Off Season Grade...C+ http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/2524769-report-card-grades-for-every-nba-teams-2015-offseason/page/23
  10. Kevin Pelton thread

    Soul Bro and I were discussing that....Here is his criterion for the ranking... Here's what he said about Smart...ranked number 1 Here's what he said about Payton...ranked number 24 He also said Aaron Gordon has STAR POWER...ranked number 14 http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/draft2014/insider/story/_/id/11102133/nba-draft-marcus-smart-tops-kevin-pelton-prospect-projection-rankings
  11. Kevin Pelton thread

    JB (work :() E. Payton vs. M. Smart, who looks better now & long term? Kevin Pelton Smart is better now, and since he's younger, I think he has the long-term edge. Basically, with Payton you're projecting optimistically that he will develop some ability to make shots. And that is more realistic than a good shooter becoming a great athlete or distributor. But at the same time the D-League Showcase going on right now is filled with guys who are a jump shot away from being very good players. Kevin Pelton The funny thing, of course, is that young Elfrid Payton is so much like young Gary Payton in that regard. No relation! Kevin Pelton Payton, like I said about Leonard, represents the 100th-percentile scenario for developing offensively. JB (Work) Thanks for answering the Q on Payton Vs. Smart. On the age though, Smart is ONLY 12 days younger. Kevin Pelton Whoopsie. This is like when George Costanza claimed that he was a different generation than Jerry Seinfeld.
  12. Official 2015 Offseason Thread

    Murphy, here's a link that made it easier to understand for what I think those guys are trying to tell you...Looks as if Rob has everything set up nicely to resign all of our players...Big question still remains of if you want to keep this core together: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/07/18/tobias-harris-strange-contract/ Also, there seems to be some mis-communication going on with Mario, his Euro team and the Magic...details below: http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2015/07/18/croatian-coach-mario-hezonja-will-play-eurobasket/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
  13. Kevin Pelton thread

    For the record, I was predicting Skiles to Orlando from the beginning and was hoping Magic brass hired him....Loved watching him play live back in the day....There's a reason large pictures of him resonate on the walls of Amway Arena. http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/12977046/scott-skiles-hiring-orlando-limited-impact
  14. Kevin Pelton thread

    Eric (Orlando ) Do you think the Magic with a top draft pick could jump into contention next year? Kevin Pelton For the playoffs? Possibly, since basically any 30-win team in the East is in playoff contention. But Orlando was still substantially behind the East's also-rans in terms of point differential, even after the coaching change. There's a lot of work still to be done.
  15. Kevin Pelton thread

    Riley (VA) Can Victor Oladipo be the best 2 way shooting guard in a few years? Kevin Pelton With Jimmy Butler, Paul George and Klay Thompson still in the league, probably not. Kevin Pelton It's weird why only at shooting guard is there this obsession with "two-way" players. Nobody ever talks about whether Chris Paul or Steph Curry is the best "two-way" point guard. I don't quite get it. Are we that beholden to Klay's agent? Riley (VA) PG is a 3, can play the 2 but a 3. You honestly think that Oladipo cant be as good as Butler or Thompson? Kevin Pelton Can't is one thing. Won't is another. It does not strike me as a likely scenario. http://m.espn.go.com/general/chat/chat?eventId=51640&src=desktop#page=8