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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
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    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
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    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    So, if the Rockets or Pistons get the top pick …What pick would the Magic get ?
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    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 ?
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    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
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    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
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    2022 Off-season Thread

    Jamahl Mosley question …isn’t he largely credited with the development of Luka Doncic and that is one of the main reasons he got the Magic gig ? …For anyone that cares to respond .
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    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    Good to hear Mauro …I’m sure hoping so …I posted a lot on the Kentucky boards during college bb season …man there was just a thread after thread about that guy …I still can’t figure out why he didn’t play …especially when the Cats got some injuries …the whole state of Kentucky is kinda butt hurt about it …and honestly Calipari’s act is getting old around there now …not much postseason success since 2015 …I suspect we will never know the truth of the whole thing because Cal is gonna protect his players …but wow is Sharpe ever a polarizing figure . Gonna leave you with this …the vid puts into perspective Sharpe’s leaping ability …I mean, this dude is obsessed …And I feel certain the closer we get to draft day and teams find out more and more about his ability the intrigue and his climbing the draft boards is only gonna increase
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    2022 NBA Playoffs!

    Did anyone watch the Celtics Bucks ? …Was it me or were there some awful calls down the stretch ? …I’m still trying to figure out how in the heck Smart got only 2 foul shots when the clock was almost expiring the Celts down 3 …he clearly was going to attempt a 3 I mean duh they were down 3 he’s jumping off 2 feet like he would in a normal jump shot and on his way up clearly got hacked …Also the push off by Holiday on Jason Tatum …why did the TV people not show any replays on that ? …At least they didn’t on my TV. Reason I’m amped here is because my son gets on me about bashing Antekumpo …I’m convinced the Bucks won last year because every round the star player for their opponent was injured …I call it a lame duck championship
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    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    https://twitter.com/i/spaces/1mrxmanRPBMxy?s=20 So as we wait for the 17th to get here …this is Phillip Rossman …the writer from Orlando Magic Daily …he’s a good writer I think …lately on Fridays he’s been doing these mock drafts …in this weeks mock the Magic hypothetically get the top pick …so Phillip has a guest writer come aboard his show to pick who he would want between Smith, Holmgren and Banchero …the guest writer stuns Phillip by picking Sharpe …they then spend the first 10 minutes of the podcast discussing Sharpe …was very interesting and the writer states his case as to why he would pick Sharpe number 1 overall …give it a listen if time permits …they don’t start talking until the 45 second mark
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    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    So I get the feeling there are more people here that do not want Holmgren drafted by the Magic then there are for him getting drafted …I’m sure everyone here’s main goal/objective is securing the number one pick in the soon to come draft lottery. Question for anyone that cares to answer since it’s kinda crazy lol … Is there anyone here that is leery about getting the top pick cause they are afraid Weltman will draft Chet ? And I think there is a general consensus reading what draft experts say that the top 3 can probably go in pretty much any order depending on who gets the first pick.
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    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    ball junkie Big Board 1.0 lol 1) Jabari Smith …we all know Rashard Lewis game well …Very, very good player but not the or a star. 2) Paolo Banchero …like his ability as a playmaker …look in the NBA playoffs right now Duke guys doing well …Chris Webber and Julius Randle comps . 3) Shaedon Sharpe …the mystery man but the talent to make every team picking in the top 5 crazy with intrigue …With comps such as Paul George and Anthony Edwards could ascend to the top pick …as a Magic fan if we’re going off comps this would definitely be your guy …along with Banchero biggest star power. 4) Chet Holmgren …did not like what I read in one of those links I posted saying he built stats up playing lesser quality bigs and didn’t do as well against higher quality bigs …if you’re going up another level in competition that is definitely worrisome . 5) Jaden Ivy …Olidipo and Mitchell comps …solid player …considered top 4 player but I got Sharpe over Ivy . 6) Keegan Murray …would fit well on our Magic …shades of Siakim and Horford as comps . Would be interested in reading anybody else’s Big Board as we wait on the draft lottery just 10 days from now …”Come on man” …to steal a phrase from FanFor2Long2 lol
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    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    https://nbadraft.theringer.com/mock-draft Talk about details and in-depth scouting report WOW …check out “The Ringers” mock draft, comps for each player I’m waiting on the next ESPN mock draft and Jonathan Givony
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    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    https://www.si.com/.amp/nba/2022/05/05/nba-draft-big-board-ranking-top-100-prospects-jabari-smith-jaden-ivey-chet-holmgren-paolo-banchero Sports Illustrated Big Board
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    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    Orlando Magic No. 1 pick odds: 14% | Top-three odds: 40% Player the Magic should select with the No. 1 pick:Chet Holmgren While you could make an argument for Banchero or Smith, Holmgren makes the most sense for the Magic at No. 1 given what he offers both as a rim protector, a lob threat and a floor spacer. Then add in that Holmgren was high school and AAU teammates with Magic guard Jalen Suggs, and there's a cultural fit and level of familiarity in play as well. On one hand, a Magic team that ranked 30th in the NBA in points per possession and 28th in eFG% could use a mismatch shot creator like Banchero or a versatile scorer like Smith. But the Magic have no shortage of shot creators in Suggs, Markelle Fultz and Cole Anthony, and adding Holmgren would only enhance the rest of Orlando's pieces. Holmgren would give those guards -- and Franz Wagner -- more space to operate while providing a vertical threat in pick-and-roll. Wagner and Holmgren in 4/5 pick-and-rolls would give opposing defenses fits, and head coach Jahmal Mosley could even use Holmgren as the primary handler in ball screens to spring free Magic shooters for open looks since the 7-footer boasts strong ball handling and feel for the game. Holmgren also offers the type of rim protection that Wendell Carter Jr. historically hasn't, while the 23-year-old Magic center has the 250-pound frame to handle the physical bigs the lean Holmgren figures to struggle with. Because of his skill set and agility, Holmgren can function in jumbo lineups alongside Suggs (6-4), Wagner (6-10), Jonathan Isaac when healthy (6-11) and Wendell Carter Jr. (6-10), giving the Magic the type of length and versatility its front office typically covets. Holmgren offers many elements that the Orlando brass hoped for when they selected Mo Bamba (a free agent after next season) 6th overall in 2018, but with a more advanced feel for the game, sharper ball skills and more revved up motor. - Schmitz Player the Magic should select if they fall out of the top three: Paolo Banchero or Shaedon Sharpe I'd be looking long and hard at Murray, who I actually think belongs in the conversation with Banchero and Smith when we look at the top of the draft behind Holmgren. Although the Magic just drafted a 6-10 combo forward in Wagner, Murray can fit in pretty much any lineup because of his ability to knock down spot 3s, defend multiple positions and impact winning without needing much volume. Murray is arguably the most NBA-ready prospect in the draft, and adding the Iowa forward would instantly make Orlando more competitive on both ends of the floor. It's easy to envision him playing a similar role to what we see from Raptors star Pascal Siakam. He's big and long enough to even slide up to the small-ball 5 spot for stretches, which he did regularly at Iowa on his way to 1.9 blocks per game in 31.5 minutes. Murray was the most efficient scorer in college basketball last season with 23.5 points per game on 65% true shooting, and you don't need to run much offense for him to get buckets, which makes him an excellent fit alongside Orlando's shot creating guards. Murray, Wagner and a healthy Isaac would give the Magic three switchable forwards who can fill a variety of different roles on both ends. 18-year-old Sharpe is another prospect I'd strongly consider. Although he's not as experienced as Murray or even Jaden Ivey, Sharpe has as high of an upside as any prospect in the draft at 6-6 with a 7-0 wingspan and the shot creation you look for in a No. 1 option. Sharpe's effortless scoring ability, length, burst and leaping ability would perfectly complement the hard-playing Suggs, whose toughness and playmaking would take less pressure off of Sharpe in those areas. If the Magic can remain patient and are looking to take more of a swing, Sharpe is the play. If they feel the pressure to get more competitive and aren't worried about drafting another versatile forward, I'd lean Murray. - Schmitz https://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/33845648/what-houston-rockets-orlando-magic-detroit-pistons-do-no-1-pick-2022-nba-draft
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    2022 NBA Draft Thread

    Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report Big Board 2.0 5. Shaedon Sharpe (Kentucky, SG, Freshman) While the top four have been mostly set for months, the No. 5 spot has remained fluid. Despite scouts having seen little of Sharpe, they already view him top-eight, and that's before workout season, where his effortless bounce and shot-making are bound to light up. With a perceived gap between Jaden Ivey and the next group of prospects, Sharpe has an edge here at No. 5 with a translatable mix of athletic ability, self-creation and shooting skills for high-upside scoring. 4. Jaden Ivey (Purdue, SG, Sophomore) Ivey had a forgettable performance in Purdue's NCAA tournament exit, but history says teams should ignore it. He showed too much improved skill throughout the season for a guard with his level of explosiveness. While I still see more of a combo than a lead ball-handler because of concerns over decision-making and pull-up shooting, a worst-case outcome pictures Ivey giving a team a dangerous offensive weapon who'll apply pressure in transition, attacking ball screens and shot-making. 3. Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga, PF/C, Freshman) The only NCAA player ever with at least 40 threes, 100 blocks and 60 assists, Holmgren still appears to have the draft's highest ceiling. Even if teams are skeptical about his strength or half-court creation, the shooting, passing and defense could be enough to justify No. 1 value. Slotting him at No. 3 takes into account the risk tied to his incredibly thin frame and how we've seen foul trouble or passive stretches limit his offensive impact. 2. Jabari Smith (Auburn, PF, Freshman) Smith still has a decent shot at going No. 1 with the idea that we've never seen a 6'10" teenage shooter of his caliber. Throw in the defensive tools and movement, and even a worst-case outcome for Smith figures to be highly valuable. The lack of production at the rim is worth questioning (37 half-court baskets in 34 games), as it relates to his handle and explosion. But it might not matter considering how adept Smith is creating and making shots around the perimeter. 1. Paolo Banchero (Duke, PF, Freshman) There isn't much separating the top three, and for certain teams, Smith or Holmgren may make more sense at No. 1. While Holmgren, Smith and Banchero each offer similar star potential, Banchero has come off as the lowest risk. Cam Reddish and Ziaire Williams were the only top-10 picks we found with a lower two-point percentage than Smith's 43.5 during their predraft season. And at Holmgren's current weight, he'd join Aleksej Pokusevski as the only NBA players 6'11" or taller who weigh under 200 pounds. With an outstanding physical profile, Banchero also offers the most well-rounded skill and versatility for creation, three-level shot-making and playmaking. https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2955849-2022-nba-draft-big-board-updated-top-50-prospects?share=other
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