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  1. ball junkie

    2022 NBA Playoffs!

    Oh my goodness …are you kidding me ?!?! 30 point lead …Suns fans booing their team in a game 7 ?!?! Luka …this years playoffs is where he’s really gonna make a bigger name for himself than he already has …WOW
  2. ball junkie

    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    I did not know we have the highest percent chance to draft 5th
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    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    Orlando Magic: Go-To Scorer 22 OF 30 Rocky Widner/Getty Images Across the NBA, 69 different players averaged at least 17 points this season. That's an average of just over two per team, and 29 clubs had at least one. Care to guess which squad didn't make the cut? Cole Anthony paced this group with 16.3 points while shooting below 40 percent from the field for the second consecutive season. Franz Wagner hit the ground running in his freshman season, and Wendell Carter Jr. took a leap, but neither seems like an offensive focal point. Anyone hoping a healthy Jonathan Isaac could fill the void should probably note his career-high is 11.9 points per game. Oh, and he hasn't suited up since August 2020 because of a torn ACL and meniscal tear, so good luck pining major hopes on him. https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2956135-every-teams-biggest-need-in-the-2022-nba-draft Talk about facts …every teams biggest draft need
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    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    I see what you guys mean …he is skinny
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    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    If there is a concern moving forward it is the inefficient play at the guard position. The Magic are 29th in offensive efficiency and they have struggled in pick-and-roll actions. Per Second Spectrum, Orlando is averaging 0.87 points per direct play when setting an on-ball screen. That is the worst efficiency by any team over the past five seasons. Cole Anthony averaged a career high 16.9 points but also led the team in field goal attempts and 3-point attempts. A big red flag for Anthony is his inability to finish at the rim. Out of the 132 players who have attempted 200 layups or dunks this season, Anthony is one of three who shot below 50% (James Harden and Nickeil Alexander-Walker are the other two). Rookie Jalen Suggs averaged 27.1 minutes and struggled with injuries and his play on the court. Out of the 206 players who attempted 200-plus jumpers this season, Suggs ranked last in field goal percentage and 124th in field goal percentage on layups and dunks. The offensive woes could change next season with another year of development and Markelle Fultz moving back to full time point guard next season. In only 18.2 minutes per game, Fultz averaged 9.5 points, 4.3 assists and shot 45.7% from three. Fultz was also a big part of the Magic having some mild success after the All-Star game. The Magic have gone [7-11] since the break and have had three sets of back-to-back wins. Orlando also ranked second in defensive efficiency in that span, behind only the Memphis Grizzlies. Moving forward, ownership has entrusted Weltman and GM John Hammond with a blank canvas on building the roster. Both recently inked long term extensions and have the resources to build a competitive roster. https://www.espn.com/nba/insider/insider/story/_/id/33654275/nba-offseason-guide-2022-orlando-magic-their-ongoing-rebuild Just wanted to repost this as you guys are making your minds up which direction the Magic should go in the draft
  6. ball junkie

    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    So, if the Rockets or Pistons get the top pick …What pick would the Magic get ?
  7. ball junkie

    2022 NBA Playoffs!

    Jayson Tatum WOW ! …Celts in 7 …Tough to beat Boston in a game 7 on their court
  8. ball junkie

    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    I agree with your premise …but what if we could draft someone that not only could shoot …but could also defend ? Could facilitate offense ? Could beat people off the dribble and finish ? Could make people around him better ? Hhhhmmmm …wonder who would fit this description in this draft ?
  9. ball junkie

    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    The NBA G League Elite Camp gives draft prospects an opportunity to display their skills in front of NBA and G League scouts, coaches and front-office executives Monday and Tuesday by playing in five-on-five games and participating in strength and agility drills. Based on performance, select players from the NBA G League Elite Camp will be invited to participate in the main NBA Draft Combine next Wednesday through Friday. Players at the main NBA Combine will have interviews with NBA teams and participate in five-on-five games as well as shooting and strength and agility drills. The event will be televised on May 19 from 3-5 p.m. (ESPNews) and 5-7 p.m. (ESPN2). On May 20, coverage continues from 1-2 p.m. (ESPN2) and 2-5 p.m. (ESPNews).
  10. ball junkie

    2022 Off-season Thread

    https://bleacherreport.com/articles/10035630-76ers-tyrese-maxey-thought-heat-spurs-magic-would-draft-him-you-never-forget-it Maxey saying Magic one of the teams he thought would draft him but they took Cole Anthony instead …passing on UK guys …they get undervalued in Calapari system
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    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    First time ever all the top prospects at the combine …The reason why ? …Cause there’s no consensus top dog …my guess is that none of them will play 5 on 5 …but they will go through testing which is very important and GM’s will be eyeing ever so intently …Number 1 person chosen will probably have a lot to do with whichever team gets awarded the top pick. And Albert …I agree with your premise about needing and drafting a wing …but Murray would be 3rd on my list …I’d take Sharpe or Ivey before Murray
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    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    Ok so I posted this vid back 16 pages ago at the beginning of April …this is what sold me on Sharpe and the Magic …many of you have brought concerns about his unknowns …Sam Veccine explains how we got to this point though at the time he made this vid Sharpe had not declared yet …if you’ve got the time, it’s about 20 minutes long he gives background info on Shaedon having seen him play personally in HS …It becomes especially intriguing at the 11 minute mark as he specifically mentions Orlando and Sharpe as a perfect fit and that if the Magic get the first pick they should definitely consider picking him and at the very least bring him in for a workout and see what gives . https://mobile.twitter.com/DraftExpress/status/1524198054152355844?ref_src=twsrc^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^tweet And this is new news just posted by Jonathan Givony himself …it’s the list for next weeks NBA Draft Combine …starts the day after the draft lottery …Shaedon Sharpe is on this list along with a lot of other recognizable names …can’t wait …pretty sure NBA network will carry it live …check it out if you’re interested …I see Holmgren, Smith and Banchero among the many studs attending
  13. ball junkie

    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    Welcome aboard the Sharpe train …it will grow for all teams imo the closer we get to June 23 …interesting article …takes every team in the lottery and hypothetically picks who that team would take if they got the 1st pick …Chet was picked more than anyone interestingly . https://www.sbnation.com/platform/amp/nba/2022/5/10/23063897/nba-mock-draft-lottery-first-pick-paolo-banchero-chet-holmgren-jabari-smith
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    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac has missed the last two NBA seasons, as he's rehabbed from multiple knee injuries suffered during the 2020 re-start in the bubble. Now there is finally light at the end of the tunnel for Isaac. “I feel great, I’m doing really good,” Isaac said in April. “I know there was the whole hiccup with my right hamstring, but I feel great. I’m really looking forward to coming back next season and being able to play. I’m all good.” Despite missing the entirety of the last two seasons, Isaac said he's been working hard to get back on the court. “The biggest thing they see is games played and that you haven’t played in so long, but they don’t know the work that goes in day in and day out,” Isaac said when asked about the rehab process. “The meticulous grind of it all. It just takes time. As much as I want it to go faster, it’s just part of the process and the plan. Looking forward to coming back next season.” https://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-sp-magic-jonathan-isaac-season-review-20220508-araykt6ninfzfmfvg7lylmvu7e-story.html I know some of you have doubts about him but here it is straight from the horses mouth. Now, I did some checking yesterday …and admittedly I haven’t followed the team for a while because quite honestly it’s boring when a team is clearly tanking and not trying to win games …defensively our Magic was middle of the league …I also saw that Isaac, when healthy was a candidate for DPOY …which should mean when he returns our defense is gonna really make another jump up in efficiency …it’s our offense that stinks ..we were at or almost dead last in just about every offensive category in the league . Which brings us to this draft …we need a guy that can shoot, score, attack the rim efficiently, be a facilitator when it’s needed, make others better …but most of all be that guy that when our team needs a bucket you can give him the ball and he’ll get you one. Of the guys listed at the top of most Big Boards who best could help out our almost league worst offense the most ?
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    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    https://syndication.bleacherreport.com/amp/2955887-2022-lottery-simulation-and-nba-mock-draft-who-would-knicks-take-no-1.amp.html This is part 1 of a 5 part series Jonathan Wassermen of Bleacher Report is doing …each series he simulates a different team winning the lottery …which by the way is about a week away …In this first segment he’s got the Knicks picking first …the Magic pick 5th and take Sharpe