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  1. jmmagicfan

    2020-2021 General Game Thread

    Yes, welcome back. We’ve missed you! So sorry to hear about your health issues and hope they are in the side view mirror! Hopefully you can continue to pull ahead and put them all the way in the rear view!
  2. jmmagicfan

    2020-2021 General Game Thread

    It's so hard to tell where we really are right now. 2018-19 we were very lucky with health for most of the year, and ended up with the 8th seed. 2019-20 we had average/slightly above average games missed due to injury, but still ended up with the 8th seed. This year we started strong (4-0), but have been ravaged by injuries since. I've seen varying degrees of improvement - Vucevic is playing like he's at his peak, Fultz was settling in nicely until the injury, Birch has looked better/more comfortable backing up the PF, Okeke and Anthony have done fairly well for rookies. Ennis and MCW consistently bring energy, and Bacon has played better of late. Bamba even seems to be getting a few more minutes, so maybe he has worked his way out of Clifford's doghouse. He still looks slow and plodding, but seems to have one of the better (+) numbers every game. Not sure how that is happening, cause it doesn't match what I'm seeing?!? I have been disappointed with Fournier, Ross, Gordon, and Clark the most this season. Having said that, even Gordon (before the ankle) and Ross have started to play better. I think Gordon was beginning to really respond to the "point forward" role. Fournier hasn't changed, he still tries to do more than he is capable of, and Clark has just been awful. Aminu is just beginning to play again, so who knows where he is at? We really miss Fultz and Isaac, but I'm still not sure how these pieces all fit together. I wish we could get healthy so we can see!
  3. jmmagicfan

    2021 NBA Draft Thread

    The bad thing is, none of them seems to be a good shooter?!?
  4. jmmagicfan

    2020-2021 Official Magic Season Thread

    Not only that but the writer thinks we would trade TRoss and/or one of our young players for him!?! So, would you trade Ross, Fultz, Anthony, Okeke, Isaac, or Bamba straight up for EP? Can I get a “Hell No”?!?
  5. jmmagicfan

    2020-2021 Official Magic Season Thread

    Okay, I just gotta say, who writes this and does anyone actually believe that ANY of these trades could actually happen. Just read, I can't even begin. https://sports.yahoo.com/3-potential-trade-destinations-packages-155249720.html
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    2020-2021 Official Magic Season Thread

    There's a difference between a seller's market and going completely crazy buying all the toilet paper.
  7. jmmagicfan

    2020-2021 General Game Thread

    Playing under control and without panic; so pretty good for his first game with limited practice with the team.
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    2020-2021 General Game Thread

    Magic are actually off to a decent start tonight, though Mason already has three fouls in about 8 minutes.
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    2020-2021 Official Magic Season Thread

    Ennis' shooting so far this year has been terrible - I agree. However, he is a 34.8% shooter from 3-pt range for his career, and is coming back from a leg injury, which tends to affect your lift/shot. Birch's numbers are actually up this year, and he continues to work/improve. Unfortunately, Clark just seems to have regressed for no apparent reason. I absolutely agree that MCW, Ennis, Clark and Birch on the floor at the same time is just plain ugly, and allows teams to ignore them and collapse around TRoss. I would have been okay trading Clark and a protected 2nd for KPorter, or even just the 2nd and cutting Clark. I think it would have been a bit of a high-risk move, given his history, but I wouldn't have complained (too much?!). I wouldn't mind cutting Clark and bringing in another veteran PG. I believe Napier, Mudiay, and Brandon Knight are all still available. Unlike a few others on here, I want Cole to continue starting and get as much playing time/experience as he can handle this year. I want to force him to develop, but I'm not sure Bone or Mane are able to push him; but Napier/Mudiay/Knight would provide better backup PG play and push Cole and help him improve.
  10. jmmagicfan

    2020-2021 General Game Thread

    I'm right there with you - of course, he is now in the perfect place for him. If John Lucas can't straighten him out and unlock the talent, I'm not sure who can.
  11. jmmagicfan

    2020-2021 Official Magic Season Thread

    I've been very disappointed with Gary Clark this season, especially after his performance in the bubble. I actually like Ennis, he's an energy guy that always seems to be in the right place, plays tough defense, and gets those random energy plays/buckets without you having to run anything for him. Bacon seems to be developing into that same kind of energy player, but with a bit more offensive game. I wouldn't object to trading Clark, though not sure what you would get - protected 2nd rounder, maybe and thereby opening up a roster spot? I'm not sure you would get much more than that for Bacon, either. I think Ennis is the kind of bench veteran most teams would like to have - but, he should be more of a role player. Our injury situation has forced us to over use him.
  12. jmmagicfan

    2020-2021 General Game Thread

    Cole Anthony with a game-winning three! Love it!
  13. jmmagicfan

    2020-2021 Official Magic Season Thread

    Not wildly enthusiastic about KPJ, but this might work.
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    2020-2021 Official Magic Season Thread

    I honestly think that if JI hadn't gone down for the season and AG down for the bubble, Clark probably wouldn't have gotten a deal for this season. I think Iwundu would still be here. Not knowing when Aminu was coming back, and not knowing how Okeke would do contributed as well.
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    2020-2021 Official Magic Season Thread

    I wouldn't mind seeing us use the rule to sign Mudiay to a 10-day contract or two, or at least until we get another guy or two back - like MCW.
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    2020-2021 Official Magic Season Thread

    A tale of two (too?) extremes? I think CBS is putting too much faith in the fast start - I don't really think we are a top-5 in the league team; but I also don't think there are 8 or 9 teams in each conference that are better than we are right now.
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    2020-2021 Official Magic Season Thread

    I agree - though ESPN doesn't seem to be impressed, we are still down at #18 in their latest Power Rankings, despite beating Miami (#5) in the season opener. Incidentally, they did not drop at all despite losing to us (ranked #19 at the time)?!?
  18. jmmagicfan

    2020-2021 Official Magic Season Thread

    I did wonder if that had something to do with it, but I hadn't seen anything about it anywhere; and I tuned in a little late so if they said it early in the game I probably missed that. Thanks for the heads-up!
  19. jmmagicfan

    2020-2021 Official Magic Season Thread

    Markelle did have a lot of open looks from guys playing off of him/going under screens. Also he was played by Raul Neto most of the night (Westbrook was off), so he had a pretty obvious size/strength advantage most of the night. I actually thought that he did a good job of keeping the ball moving, and I think he had a lot of "hockey assists" - plays where he made the initial pass that gave someone else a good chance to get the assist. I do wonder why we didn't see AG at all in the fourth quarter, but instead saw Gary Clark for 9 minutes. We played the last three minutes with Vuc and four wing/backcourt MCW/Fournier/Fultz/Ross(Bacon).
  20. jmmagicfan

    2020-2021 Official Magic Season Thread

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
  21. jmmagicfan

    2020-2021 General Game Thread

    I’m liking what I am seeing so far. Yes, there has been some sloppy play, some rookie mistakes, and the inevitable Fournier dribbling into a triple team, but for a first game with two rookies playing significant minutes, not too bad.
  22. jmmagicfan

    2020-2021 Official Magic Season Thread

    So here is my take on the pre-season and how it impacts going forward. I think Cole Anthony had a really good pre-season considering 1) he hasn't played since March, and 2) none of the rookies had much of a camp. I think he immediately slides into the backup PG role, and helps bring the energy that they have sometimes lacked. His offensive ability and mindset should take some of the pressure off of TRoss, hopefully allowing him to become more efficient and effective - possibly also allowing TRoss to expend a little more effort on the defensive end as well. Hopefully, the return of Ennis will move Bacon back to the second unit and that should also contribute to the offensive punch of that second unit. I expect Bacon to be better against backups than he was starting. I do still have some hope for Bamba, and I think playing with Anthony and a more up-tempo second unit will either make or break him. Hopefully it will force him to get in the shape necessary to keep up, and play with the energy he frequently lacks. Anthony is the type of push-the-pace guard that will get Bamba easy transition buckets and good position/mis-matches if he steps up. I truly hope he does, otherwise I think he will be off this team next year. I find it interesting that what should be a position of strength for us (PF) is currently probably our weakest spot due to injuries. With Isaac out for the year, Aminu still in recovery mode (and not very good last year before the injury), Clark being really inconsistent as a bench player, and Okeke being a rookie/coming off an injury/not having played in a year and a half, it is the position of concern in the short-term. I did see some positives from Okeke, and I think he will be given time to recover/grow into the backup PF role, and maybe even some backup SF. I think we will see the same conservative, low-pressure approach for him that we saw them take with Fultz. I wouldn't even be surprised to see him spend a little time with Lakeland to get him more court time with less pressure. I know we haven't really seen it yet, but if Birch did add a three-point shot he may grab some of the backup PF minutes. I don't like the Vuc/Birch front court, but Clifford seems to. So here is where I see our rotation going once we get some guys healthy: Fultz/Anthony/MCW Fournier/MCW/Bacon Ennis/TRoss/Okeke Gordon/Okeke/Aminu/Clark Vucevic/Bamba/Birch I think we see a lot of 3-guard lineups for the second unit with Anthony/MCW/Bacon/TRoss all getting regular minutes. I think Clark may start out getting most of the PF backup minutes to start the season, but dropping to the end of the bench as Okeke gets into shape/the swing of the season and whenever Aminu comes back. I don't expect to see Isaac this season at all. Once we get to the trade deadline, I think we may see some guys gone for whatever we can get. Fournier might be of interest for a contending team as a 3rd/4th option or even as a 6th man/scorer from the bench. With his expiring contract I wouldn't expect us to get much back, but who knows. A contending team might pay more, but I wouldn't expect much more than a mid-first, or a young guy and a late-first to be offered. I think Aminu or Clark will probably be headed out at the deadline as well. I think that will greatly depend on Okeke's development and AG's health whether either or both remains with the team. Frankly, I don't think Ennis and Clark both would have been re-signed if Aminu and/or Okeke had been closer to playing, and if Isaac and AG hadn't gone down. I think Clark got a contract strictly based on his play in the bubble, and the number of front-court injuries. I think we might have brought Ennis back, but I think Clark would have been gone - he is a cheap insurance/fill in while guys are recovering. This front-office does seem to be giving us a clear indication that they are going to try to improve via internal growth, and/or "reclamation" projects. We have a lot of guys on our team who it can be argued have "under-performed" in their careers/in the draft so far due to injury. Both Okeke and Anthony were projected to be top-10 (top-5?), but fell in the draft. Fultz, Isaac, and Bamba have all had sub-par careers to date. All five of these have had injury issues. Bacon had a pretty good first year in Charlotte, but fell off in the second year; and MCW was a former rookie of the year who was completely out of the league at one point. Ennis only cost us a second-round pick, and Clark was a waiver-wire pick up. Again, four more guys other teams had given up on. That is nine guys out of the fifteen on the regular roster. That is a lot of "reclamation" projects on one team, and yet we have still managed to make the playoffs the last two years with this strategy. I'm not sure whether to be impressed or appalled at the fact 60% of our current team consists of this category of player. Having guys who have something to prove/a chip on their shoulders seems to be a point of emphasis for them. We'll see how it works out. It could be a very interesting season.
  23. jmmagicfan

    2020-2021 Official Magic Season Thread

    Good question - it's probably a good benchmark, as I think JI has been the better player when he is available, but his injury-riddled career to date definitely counts against him.
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    2020-2021 Official Magic Season Thread

    The same article said some nice things about Cole Anthony as well: Stats: 13.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.3 spg, 47.6 FG%, 47.1 3P% During his first professional minutes in the NBA, Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony looked ready to contribute sooner rather than level. The former University of North Carolina player led all rookies in total points (55) and tied LaMelo Ball for the most assists (15) during the preseason. He looked poised and ready for big moments, hitting a game-winner against the Charlotte Hornets. https://sports.yahoo.com/talen-horton-tucker-five-other-203043049.html
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