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2021-2022 Orlando Magic Season Thread… Let’s Goo!!!

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Obviously a small data sample, but some of those stats are interesting and there're a few good signals. We've to built on that and improve.

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Finally caught up with the games from last week. In general there are some good signs for the future. 

Cole has been a lot better since the first couple where I said he's probably not a starting PG. He's not perfect but he's getting others involved more, hitting jumpers and I can't fault his rebounding and effort most of the time. 

Franz Wagner has been the best player on our team and he's also the youngest player on the team. Very impressive. 

Suggs is just a bundle of energy. He can cause havoc on defense. If he figures out his handle and jumper he's going to be a problem.

Okeke is back! First game wasn't great but he didn't have a preseason, think he and Franz are going to be FUN together. 

I still don't see it with RJ. He looks lost out there most of the time and he is definitely not a guard. He came into the league raw so maybe he'll figure it out in year 3? We'll see.

Ross' defense is disastrous and his offense is inconsistent at best so far. Will we be able to get anything for him at this rate?

I'm pretty sure Brazdeikis is not an NBA player. 

I still don't think Bamba is very good. He's improved and he's useful as a 7 footer who can hit catch and shoot 3s but we get killed on the offensive glass whenever he's in because he goes hunting blocks and leaves his man. He's very slow footed defensively and he's got no other offensive skill besides his jumper. I'm thankful he's made a leap but I think he'd have to make another to be a starting, playoff calibre, big.

The good news is that even if we only had Suggs and Franz our future would be exciting but we've got a lot of other guys we can be varying levels of excited about and likely another high lottery pick coming.

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1 hour ago, CTMagicUK said:

Ross' defense is disastrous and his offense is inconsistent at best so far. Will we be able to get anything for him at this rate?

There were a time in which he was on fire and in the discussion for 6th man of the year... we missed that moment in which his value was high, and unfortunately, he doesn't seem the kind of good veteran that leads the youngsters either. Could be a bad example instead, and that's even worst. It's a shame cause I've really liked him and he had the potential to be a difference maker.

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At this point, the best we’re getting for Ross is a heavily protected pick. Probably top 20 protection, which if I’ve learned anything from WeltHam, we won’t actually use to draft a player 

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44 minutes ago, All Eyes On Me said:

At this point, the best we’re getting for Ross is a heavily protected pick. Probably top 20 protection, which if I’ve learned anything from WeltHam, we won’t actually use to draft a player 

I doubt you would get a first for Ross even with protections. I think the FO would have already taken that. Probably get a couple of 2nds at best.

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Entering a make-or-break fourth season, Bamba had to hone in on his three-point shooting, foul awareness and ability to finish around the basket as a significantly-gifted big to go alongside his proven value of rebounding and defensive versatility. So far, the results have been very promising.

Bamba is averaging 13.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.9 threes and 1.9 blocks in 32.0 minutes per game. Those numbers don’t exactly jump off the page at first glance, but from where Bamba first began, it’s a bigger step than the baby ones experienced previously.

Bamba’s effective field goal percentage has jumped from 51.8% to 61.3%, including finishing a career-best 76% around the rim, per Cleaning The Glass. The biggest encouragements have been Bamba’s excellent three-point efficiency (44.8% on 4.1 attempts) paired with his dip in fouls (2.6). Only two bigs so far in the 2021-22 season have shot above 40% on threes and have added 1.5 blocks per game: Karl-Anthony Towns and Bamba. That’s excellent company for the 23-year-old to be in, and it again proves the point that sometimes these bigs just take longer than expected to reach an intriguing baseline performance level.

Sure, it’s a small sample size of 224 minutes in the Magic’s first seven games of the season, but Bamba is out to prove his worth not only to Orlando but other teams who could potentially be circling his name as a restricted free agent option. Imagine the possibilities for Bamba if he were to land in an even bigger high-usage situation with an organization like the Oklahoma City Thunder or San Antonio Spurs. It's an intriguing thought exercise, especially with someone who has the rare physical gifts like he does.

If this continues, Orlando will be more than comfortable coughing up a good chunk of change to the uniquely skilled 7-footer.

Now, it’s time to see whether Bamba can maintain this level of production or if more growing pains ensue.

https://www.basketballnews.com/stories/is-mo-bamba-stabilizing-into-a-longterm-piece-for-the-magic

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I think we need to keep a very close eye on Boston. They seem ready to implode, and we probably have enough assets to get Jaylen Brown and still keep most of our talent together.

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