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  1. ball junkie

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    Sentinel said we needed to go 15-12 these last 27 games …pretty sure most here looked at the schedule and had this penciled in as a loss …that gives us a great start to the last part of the season regardless that Mitchell did not play …had company so didn’t get to watch the whole game but the parts I saw I thought AB played well …and the rest of the bench …I like Banchero shooting …to often when he drives it’s not a positive result
  2. ball junkie

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    This team has 7 lottery picks …not counting Fultz …to add, Cole was picked at 15 and Chuma at 16 …this team has talent …lots …time for everyone to step up their game and prove management faith in them to grow organically .
  3. ball junkie

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    Did someone say “mob” lol …clearly management disagreed with you …and you’ll be the first one on this board bashing management if things go south …guaranteed .
  4. ball junkie

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    I thought you were ignoring me and you don’t quote me anymore but clearly my posts move you lol . https://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/ORL/1994.html Look for yourself …outside of the names you listed was a pathetic roster …I just checked …Skiles was starting at PG …Hardaway didn’t start playing PG till late in the season …this roster which was loaded with role players also won 50 games … check every name if you want and see where they were drafted …I’ve also checked our current roster before not doing it again but I’m sure you’ll find quite a few lottery picks on it not counting Fults …Cole was the first pick after the lottery
  5. ball junkie

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    If you believe that help yourself …not me …just notice the guys that hardly post …if we start losing watch who shows up …cause I can name a few …the way the mob was at the deadline guarantee they’ll be angry how management stood idly at the deadline . And if Fultz is hurt and missing significant time I’ll lead the mob …tired of that myself . In the meantime …Paolo and Franz have loads of lottery talent around them …AB gets another chance tonight …I see no reason why we can’t still challenge for top 6 even without Fultz …he was starting to not finish games anyway . Shaq lead us to the playoffs in his second season with a bunch of role playing no names …time for our dynamic duo to do the same
  6. ball junkie

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    79 …the fact that you’re stating this question speaks volumes to me …time to see what the last 27 games are gonna tell us ….or maybe I misunderstood your intent ?
  7. ball junkie

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    Here let me refresh your memory …start on page 13 to the last page 23 …you’re in their towards the end with your typical management bashing …wash, rinse, repeat …but I digress …at least I haven’t wavered in my opinion about giving the team as currently constructed a chance …I was optimistic and well, management agreed …looking forward to seeing the result …and it wasn’t just Fultz bashing …lotta organizational bashing also …but I’m very tired of the Fultz discussion ..time to let it play out …as somebody commented on that thread it was Jay and myself against everybody …GO MAGIC insert smiley face lol …stirring the pot LMAO …I called it like I saw it .
  8. ball junkie

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    The Magic (30-25) are just a half-game back of the sixth spot, which is the cutoff for the playoffs to avoid the Play-In Tournament. The Pacers (31-25), who Orlando holds the head-to-head advantage over, are sixth ahead of the Heat (30-25), Magic, Bulls (26-29) and Hawks (24-31) to cap the East’s top 10. Although Jamahl Mosley’s squad is outside the playoffs but inside the Play-In if the season were to end today, only three games separate Orlando and the fourth-seeded Knicks. “We [were] talking about the standings and stuff … How intense it’s going to be after the break,” Banchero said. “I’m just ready to get back on the court and chase this playoff spot.” What has to happen next? Last season, it took 45 wins to reach playoffs as the sixth seed in the East. The Nets avoided the Play-In by finishing 45-37, which is a realistic goal for the Magic. That requires them to go 15-12 to finish with the same record.It’s also the same record that ESPN’s Basketball Power Index projects for the Magic. The BPI gives Orlando a 58.4% to finished top 6 in the East, which is better odds than Miami (40.2%) and Indiana (36.8%). What does the schedule look like? Favorable. In fact, 15 of the Magic’s final 27 games are at home, including an eight-game stretch March 17-April 1 at Kia Center. During the first 55 games, Orlando went 18-8 at home, including a “home” loss in Mexico City the Hawks in November. After that long homestand, however, the Magic play five of their final seven games on the road. They’re 12-17 on the road at the break. What lineups do they need to use more? The opening night starting five of Markelle Fultz, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Banchero and Wendell Carter Jr. recently became the lineup of Orlando’s that’s scored the most points (608) and played the most minutes together (259). That’s because the group has been mostly healthy as of late and started the majority of games heading into the break, outside of the second night of two back-to-backs. Fultz missed both and Suggs missed one. Previously, the starting lineup of Anthony Black, Suggs, Wagner, Banchero and Goga Bitadze had played the most time together due to long stretches missed by Fultz and Carter. It’s important for the Magic’s opening night starting five to remain healthy, too. The group has the best offensive rating (112.4) among Orlando’s lineups that have played at least 14 games together. The group’s 54.7% effective field goal accuracy — a formula that adjusts for 3-pointers being worth more than 2s — also is the strongest of the most used lineups. How many back-to-backs remain? There are three sets left, including one this weekend at Detroit on Saturday and at Atlanta on Sunday. In addition to Fultz not being available on the second night of back-to-backs since he’s returned after missing 27 games with left knee tendinitis, Jonathan Isaac has either not played or has played limited minutes in those situations. Veteran Gary Harris also recently missed the second night of a back-to-back with right calf injury maintenance which puts his availability for those games at odds. After this weekend, the Magic have a back-to-back on the road in early March and one more late in the month. Orlando is 3-8 in games with no rest. If Orlando can finish sixth, what’s the most favorable matchup? They’d face the No. 3 in the first round. Based on ESPN’s projection, Orlando would battle the Knicks in a seven-game series. This would give the Magic a decent chance of advancing, too. Although both sides were shorthanded in the third meeting, Orlando won all three, including twice on the road. Avoiding Boston in the first round would be beneficial to the Magic, who lost the season-series to the Celtics. https://www.orlandosentinel.com/2024/02/21/orlando-magic-nba-playoffs-all-star-break-paolo-banchero-franz-wagner-jamahl-mosley/ Thanks Jason Beede …good info …I’d say if this happens …and it sure has a chance …would be an overachieving season before the playoffs start …and all the doom and gloomers that flooded this board at the deadline will be eating some crow jajaja
  9. ball junkie

    2023-2024 Season Thread

    https://www.nba.com/stats/team/1610612753/lineups-advanced Magic most used 5 player lineups offers defensive and offensive ratings and overall net rating …what’s interesting is that Banchero and JI have hardly played together except for the “Death” lineup which has only logged 23 minutes on the season but which is now showing a net negative in those 23 minutes …pretty sure because of the OKC game in which the “death” lineup was torched . Lots of good combinations inside this link up to Mohs to get the best combinations for winning on the floor moving forward .
  10. ball junkie

    2023-2024 Season Thread

    Holic …I was done with Marquelle last week …trade deadline been over for a week now …All Eyes took a post about Banchero in which I was truly stupefied by the numbers and wondered if someone could explain it and turned it back to Fultz again …I was happy at the trade deadline unlike most …like someone posted on deadline day …it was like Junkie and Jay versus everyone jajaja …hate is a strong word …traded fits better is the term most often used with Fultz and well I hope my post exhibited that our problems are much more than Fultz . Now …moving forward …the players we have now is what we’ll have to seasons end …how do we maximize the personnel to our best benefit and that will give us the greatest chance for post season success ? Everybody thought SVG and Otis Smith were idiots for not signing a true power forward back in the day …but he signed first Turk and then added Rashad …people thought what the hell ??? …He then proceeded to revolutionize basketball by playing the 4 out Dwight on the inside thing …was thing of beauty we almost won a Ship . As a team we suck shooting 3’s but individually we have guys that can shoot it …WCJ at 40 …Suggs at 38 …Banchero at 37 and I’m pretty sure you saw that shooting exhibition he put on against the Knicks …point being he can shoot …the mystifying one is Franz at 32 but you look at his form it’s a thing of beauty . If Fultz is our only true PG what is the best way in your opinion to maximize our potential ? You mention above about the root cause of our problem being our studs struggling with playmaking …why can’t we let Fultz run the show since he’s very adept at not turning it over and play some sort of 4 out with Fultz making decisions and running things ? Isolate some pick and roll with him and someone else on one side of the floor ? Point being we do have shooters they just need to be more consistent …Fultz is what he is ….cause I read the data suggests if we are jacking up loads of threes that’s not shown to be a route of success for us so far. Anywho …what do you think ? What would you do ? Our coaching staff should be on it right now coming up with new and different schemes because our offensive efficiency is not good . Edit: Shooting wise Trae fits but him being ball dominant does not fit …you know I like Monk he’s a UK kid duh lol
  11. ball junkie

    2023-2024 Season Thread

    I checked some numbers …we are ranked 23 out of 30 teams in to’s …our two studs lead the way …Suggs, Banchero and Franz take nearly 15 threes a game …I wish it was more because for the Magic to take a leap we need shooting …more makes … Regardless of who the PG is …our offense efficiency is ranked 24 out of 30 teams …we’ve tried a myriad of different lineups and PG’s …Fultz has played only 21 out of a possible 55 games …17 games since he returned after Christmas …and only 11 games as a starter in which we are 7-4 with some very nice wins over highly ranked competition …point being it’s hard to blame our poor offensive numbers on a guy who hasn’t played much and who is still a net positive when he’s on the court . Does he pass up shots ? Yes …Is he hesitant ? Yes … but the jury is still out . Let me be clear on Markel …it is to early, which I’ve been saying like a broken record to make assumption's and decisions about him and our personnel for next season at this time …there are still 27 games left in this regular season I thought all the trade talk at the deadline was ridiculous …didn’t see one substantial rumor with him specifically mentioned just writers seeing our poor shooting and trying to connect dots . Mohs will continue to experiment with lineups moving forward I feel certain in saying that . Finally I think winning and a successful season will drive management decisions in terms of personnel …I feel like I’ve bruised the moderators feelings for stating I thought they were leading the charge in scapegoating this teams issues on Marquelle Fultz …for that I want to apologize . Looking forward to watching the rest of the season and I’m certain management will watch keenly themselves and all will know what decisions need to be made by seasons end .
  12. ball junkie

    2023-2024 Season Thread

    https://orlandomagicdaily.com/posts/orlando-magic-stuck-with-markelle-fultz-for-the-winning-plays-he-makes-01hppakcbh41 Still, the Magic have a +1.4 net rating with Fultz on the floor, including a stellar 108.4 defensive rating. The Magic's offense is nothing to write home about, but Fultz is not the statistical drain everyone might think. Here’s you a good Fultz story …it’s positive though lol …he makes no excuses about the shooting part …I’ll say again …Fultz has a contract coming up …he’s got the last part of year to prove his value …we shall see what happens . Edit: winning and post season success is relevant
  13. ball junkie

    2023-2024 Season Thread

    I do know that FanforTooLong posts periodically that Banchero gives him Carmelo vibes …the comment does make me pause though it’s way to early to make that assumption .
  14. ball junkie

    2023-2024 Season Thread

    Reading to much into it bro …I was shocked by the stat …that’s it …I can’t explain it and was actually hoping someone else would …it’s mind boggling to me …I get links from NBA.com in my email with reading material and saw this …team is on a break so I posted it …doesn’t mean I think less of him loved his game last night
  15. ball junkie

    2023-2024 Season Thread

    Paolo Banchero, Orlando Magic 1. Would be just the fifth different player 21 years or younger to average at least 22 points, five rebounds and five assists in a season, joining Michael Jordan, LeBron James (twice), Luka Doncic (twice) and LaMelo Ball. 2. Ranks second (behind Stephen Curry) with seven buckets (on 16 attempts) to tie or take the lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime. 3. The Magic have been 8.4 points per 100 possessions better with him off the floor (plus-7.1) than they’ve been with him on the floor (minus-13). That’s the worst on-off differential among All-Stars, though there are three others – Bam Adebayo, Jaylen Brown and Stephen Curry – whose teams have been worse with them on the floor. https://www.nba.com/news/all-star-notebook-key-stats-all-stars-2024?lid=esakw5m7s5zb&cid=nba%3Adynpage%3Aown%3Aemail%3Adaily%3Alink%3Aeg%3Anl%3Aeng%3At-crm%3AUS%3Aen%3A20240215:DAILY_NEWSLETTER%3A&lctg=633b282a0715ff25d1d18831 Good luck explaining point number 3 though I’m sure someone will try
  16. ball junkie

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    It was right on point …you didn’t understand I’m assuming you weren’t watching the game …I want him to shoot more 3’s instead of driving into the lane with his head buried and not often enough for me getting a positive result …last night in the OKC game killed us with us with the to’s …if Fultz is a non factor shooting Banchero and Franz can help the offense by taking and making more threes …Banchero was in a zone …I posted don’t hesitate bro shoot the dang ball ! …Cause after making 3 in a row was like he was still thinking about it …dude was giving him room …when you’re feeling it let it fly ! That was my point ….Franz too .
  17. ball junkie

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    We end up getting the 6 seed …which very well could happen …the naysayers won’t have anything to “nay” about jajaja It would be an overachieving season without even having to play a playoff game
  18. ball junkie

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    Wow this is impressive to this point …see if we can finish
  19. ball junkie

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    If Banchero and Franz can starting knocking down 3’s at a higher rate this team can do some damage
  20. ball junkie

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    JI has played 10 minutes already …awesome job on Brunson …but I know he’s on a minutes restriction …we shall see about the second half
  21. ball junkie

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    JI on Brunson lol love it !
  22. ball junkie

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    Shoot the dang ball Banchero !
  23. ball junkie

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    5 to’s first quarter …two apiece for JI and Banchero …those things are killing us and Turner just said the same thing
  24. ball junkie

    2023-2024 General Game Thread

    Feel sorry for Steele and Turner …games is in our KIA Center but the crowd is so loud chanting MVP for Jalen Brunson that it drowns Steele out lol …only in Orlando
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