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  1. 3 points
    obvious best scenario for us is we get #1 the next two picks are the Minny, Houston then any team but chicago for #4 that way wherever they were on the scale based on record become ours anything from 5-14 - we just dont want them getting more losses - 10 is actually the best spot for us. they would have a slightly over 10% chance of getting a top 4 but if not giving us a decent chance to package #10 with our pick if we arent #1. Them at 8 is 25% chance for a top 4 and that is to much. I'm not a fan of this new revision to the draft. Your odds should be calculated for this season win loss and modified by the last 5 years of records (weighted) and weighted based on previous picks in the last 5 years (for ex a year you should have received the #1 pick but did not pick #1 and picked #3 that would be weighted higher then if you had picked #2 that year) This would eliminate a team having a super bad year after having gone to the finals, either because they traded away talent or had an injury, from being heavily favored from receiving #1 pick as it would take into account previous years. but it wouldnt preclude them either. it just would help reduce things like the SanAntonio/Duncan Draft or a few of the other weird things over the last few years.
  2. 3 points
    Dare we say, you’d be Giddey about it?
  3. 3 points
    Worst injury luck, most snakebit BS season ever. Don’t know what we did to deserve it, but this is out of control... thoughts out to DC, just not fair man... Also, shoutout to Mo.. the wherewithal and the compassion for his teammate to be there for him right away and to take off his jersey and shield Cannady from his open fracture shouldn’t go unnoticed.
  4. 3 points
    Thursday, April 22, 2021 Amway Center - Orlando, FL TV: Bally Sports Florida 25-33, 4th in Southwest Div. | 18-40, 5th in Southeast Divi. TMF'S MESSAGE FROM THE TEAM TO US (THE FANS)
  5. 3 points
    Nevermind.... they’re getting spanked in Cleveland (sounds like my bachelor party). 42-18 early in the 2nd
  6. 3 points
    Hello all! I’ve been lurking since I got logged out of my account since like 2016, but I’m actually really excited enough with this fresh start to look up my password and get back in. I’m really liking these young guys. Hopefully this time we will keep enough competent veteran presence around to keep them on track, and have some lotto luck. Good to be back
  7. 2 points
    That first half was some of the best basketball we've played in a while and might have been Bamba's best half of basketball in a Magic uniform. The third quarter was a car crash. It's like everyone forgot how to play. Hampton was dreadful, I haven't looked at the stats but he must have been responsible for 4 TOs in the 3rd alone. And the whole teams transition defense was embarrassing. Multiple guys either gambling or giving up rather than playing defense. I like Mo Wagner. He's a bit clumsy and he obviously didn't know all the offensive sets but I think there's a useful player in there if he can get that shot to drop a little more. He's an irritant to opposing big men, he sets hard screens, he can pass and dribble a bit and I thought he looked quite good on defense. I'm ready to call the Dwayne Bacon era to a close. In the middle of a 5-0 run in the 4th cutting the lead to like 13 and then he bricks up a running, contested 14 foot floater to kill all momentum. If you get another bucket there and keep momentum you possibly cut the lead to single digits and who knows what happens. Fortunately for the tank Dwayne Bacon has never seen a contested shot he didn't like (open ones he'll pass up though..).
  8. 2 points
    Good points. I share your hopes but also concerns regarding Isaac and Fultz. Can they stay healthy, and, even if they do, can they reach their potential given all the injuries? Also, shooting is potentially a problem depending on who we surround them with.
  9. 2 points
    Josh Robbins has a piece in the Athletic this morning basically titled "Should the Magic tank?" The upshot is that he watched the core of Harris, Oladipo, Fournier, Vuc, AG develop a bunch of bad habits and become accustomed to losing over an extended period which he thinks was bad for them and the team but that in these last 10 or so games the Magic should absolutely tank to give themselves the best shot at a top draft pick in this draft. That's kind of where I am also now. I don't think tanking works as a long term strategy, especially not with the reformed odds, but I do think there's nothing to gain from winning any more games now. Next season with a little more health and hopefully an injection of talent I'm more than happy for us to try and win every single game but winning any of these last few games hardly means anything positive. With that being said I'd hold all the vets out with injuries. Ennis is difficult because he's an expiring guy who wants to ensure he's in the league next year but I'd probably just call his agent and say "we've got a 2 year 8 mil deal for him in free agency but we could do with him being injured the rest of the way". Okeke is probably one of the young guys who impacts winning the most and I'll be surprised if he plays again this season honestly with his ankle sprain. I'd possibly even consider 'being careful' with WCJ's sore ankle. Gary Harris is a weird one. He's been super injury prone in his career so the fact that we're playing him a lot now maybe suggests we're hoping he increases his trade value for the summer? Or that we think he just needs to be playing basketball consistently to get back to his best for next year I guess. I can't wait for this season to be over...
  10. 2 points
    In what is truly some kind of miracle Devin Cannady didn't break any bones or tear any ligaments. It was an open dislocation. That is... Unbelievable. Hopefully the recovery time for him won't be as long now.
  11. 2 points
    WCJ is one of Zach Lowe's ten things this week: "Few young players have developed as unevenly as Carter did over parts of three seasons with the Chicago Bulls. Injuries and organizational chaos undid any progress. As one skill rose, another would inexplicably vanish. He played for three head coaches who asked wildly different things from him. But all along, he had the ingredients of a serviceable two-way starting center, and he looks reinvigorated with the Orlando Magic. Carter is averaging almost 14.5 points on 58% shooting -- up from 11 points and 51% with the Bulls -- but his disposition matters more than the numbers. Orlando Carter is aggressive. He's hoisting pick-and-pop jumpers when he should, and stepping into 3s with confidence. He has vowed to do that before, and it has rarely stuck. Perhaps it will now -- in a new place, under a new coach in Steve Clifford, and with no real stakes. He's hunting handoff opportunities, setting two, three, four rapid-fire screens within the same possession. Carter flashed some post-up brutality in Chicago, and has tapped into that more with the Magic. He's beasting switches, and even hammered a coast-to-coast dunk against the Hawks this week. Can this sustain? Skeptics in Chicago might say no. But consider this: Carter turned 22 last week."
  12. 2 points
    I don’t mean this game specifically, I mean the disturbing trend of 30-40 point losses we’ve been having lately. Those add up. We don’t want to get stuck with the same loser mentality that sets us back another decade that the last guys had.
  13. 2 points
    Don’t know how this is showing us any sort of lesson, all it’s doing is killing confidence. Nobody on a team improves from a game like this
  14. 2 points
    Bulls lose, Raptors win, Wizards win, Kings/Wolves starts soon. Bulls pick sits at 8 right now. Seeing how everything is shaking out I don’t see anyway it doesn’t fall somewhere in the 7 - 11 range. They’re 3 games behind the Pacers to put it to 12 and 3 games ahead of the Cavs to put it to 6 with 14 games left to go. 12 of the Bulls last 14 games are against current playoff teams.
  15. 2 points
    Nobody is born a great shooter. And nobody is saying they learn how to shoot 10 years into their career. But plenty of players have developed as shooters over the first few years of their careers.
  16. 2 points
    There’s a reason that no one seems to have a bad night against us anymore. We’re playing really bad defense. The lack of effort is evident with all the second chance points we’ve been giving up. It’s the kind of thing you see with a demoralized team and unfortunately it’s a steppingstone to developing losing habits.
  17. 2 points
    This a great post, something is really wrong with the NBA. In theory, they did fix the lottery, the odds do not support long term losing. However so many teams are still really bad or trying to lose like OKC. Even in 2016,2017 the Magic were playing hard every night, we all saw the games. I want to apologize for any personal attacks in my previous posts. This season has just really made me dislike the sport at the moment. Not even watching the games, but i still have hope for the team and the NBA. I'll check in again around the playoffs. Go Magic.
  18. 2 points
    The defensive potential of a starting lineup of Kelle/GH/Chuma/JI/WCJ is really really exciting. Also can’t wait to see how Wendell plays with a real point guard when Markelle gets back, he’s never had even average PG play before to unlock his potential
  19. 2 points
    I’m here to give Carter Jr. mad props. I had virtually no expectations for that guy when we traded for him, but he’s proving to be fantastic. It’s crazy how competent he is on both ends of the floor... and he’s only 21-years-old! WeltHam fleeced Chicago in that trade, and I’m excited about our future.
  20. 1 point
    I agree with the comment that we don't need to tank. The available players we have right now don't have enough talent to win many games, hopefully none. They sure are fun to watch though! Next season we'll have Isaac back until he gets injured again as well as Fultz. If we do well in the draft I see us getting back to 8th seed if we stay healthy.
  21. 1 point
    Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse - Cleveland, OH Wednesday, April 28th at 7:00 P.M. TV: Bally Sports FL 21-40, 4th in Central Division | 18-43, 5th in Southeast Division
  22. 1 point
    You may be aware Im particularly high on Giddey so any situation where we end up with him is a win for me. Not overly interested in Scottie or Jalen at 6. Scottie especially is nothing against him I actually like him I just think he's a really bad fit on this roster and he's such a unique prospect that fit is going to be massively important for his development. I think I'd take a flier on one of the wings Moody/Keon Johnson/Springer/Bouknight at 6. Keon seems to be the most highly regarded of the 4 by mainstream mocks so maybe him I guess.
  23. 1 point
    I get the argument and here's the counterpoint (to be clear I'm somewhat on the fence with this discussion, I see both sides so this is somewhat devils advocate): How many guys on the team currently will be here next year? We actually don't know. We assume everyone not out of contract but guys could get traded etc. Even if we assume everyone minus Porter and Ennis (and random g League guys) return the expectations will be dramatically different next season because rookies will have had a full training camp and pre season to understand the system, Isaac will return, Fultz might return, we'll have at the very minimum 3 new players. With an off-season to work on their games some players might take leaps forward. We just don't know. Present doesn't necessarily predict future when you're dealing with guys 22 and under. Also, nothing is stopping this team from playing good ball and going 12-5. The only thing stopping them is being talented enough and consistent enough to do that. Fans might complain and there'd be arguments about whether that's for the best long term but nobody in this organisation, presently at least, is deliberately stopping the young guys from going out there and winning games. In fact I'm sure Cliff is still very much setting up to win every game he can with the roster he's got at his disposal.
  24. 1 point
    What if you just dropped the teams with the worst two records to the G league? That might get their attention.
  25. 1 point
    I have prepared and posted a Game Thread Starter for tonight's game against the Raptors in Tampa--if anyone is interested. Kyle Lowry, OG Anunoby, and P. Siakam are listed as "out" for the Raptors. F. VanVleet was reported as "out" 2 days ago but, as of today, he is listed as playing. So look out, he is a 3 pt. sharpshooter. This should be a good one!