Tagged Orlando Magic

Dwight Howard’s Superman Returns

Dwight Howard’s career was crashing more dramatically to Earth than a victim of his facial dunks. Ever since abruptly leaving the Orlando Magic in 2012, injuries, team in-fighting and the modern game passing him by systematically sapped powers from the wunderkind once known as Superman. No longer more powerful than a locomotive and leaping over…

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PODCAST: How Would You Redo the 2017 NBA Draft?

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) re-select the first 14 picks of the 2017 NBA Draft. Which player goes No. 1 overall? (2:48) Who do you take now when choosing between Bam Adebayo or Jayson Tatum? (12:18) How much does John Collins rise? (25:11) Where does Kyle…

How to Structure NBA’s Proposed Mid-Season Tournament

Let’s take inventory of where the National Basketball Association is as a whole. Television ratings are in decline, despite an all-time high in interest and social media traffic. Television deals are the top form of revenue that must be protected, regardless of overall industry trends with cord-cutters. In an instant gratification era, an 82 game…

PODCAST: Which Teams Should be Sellers at NBA Trade Deadline?

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss which teams should be sellers ahead of the Feb. 6 trade deadline. Who should lottery-bound franchises like the Cleveland Cavaliers (3:27) and New York Knicks (12:47) be looking to part with? What should the Washington Wizards do with Davis Bertans?…

NBA Film Study: Where Siakam, Fultz & Towns Dominate

For as much as I love to talk about schemes and tactics of team offense and defense, the game really comes down to individuals making winning plays. Guys have to score the basketball, but the best teams and individual defenders find ways to take away strong suits of their opponents. The best scorers have counter…

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Where We Hit and Missed on NBA Season Predictions So Far

Before the first game of the season, I threw out 50 fairly bold predictions for the NBA season, all of which were rooted in optimism and belief. As always, one subtle action can change how the dominos fall, whether it’s an injury (here’s looking at you, Stephen Curry) or the unforeseen ascension of talent. We’re…

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Jonathan Isaac Has Golden Opportunity for Injury-Riddled Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic were incredibly lucky in terms of health last season. Their top six rotation players—Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier, Nikola Vucevic, D.J. Augustin, Jonathan Isaac and Terrence Ross—combined to miss only 16 games. They rode that good fortune to a 42-40 record and their first playoff berth in seven seasons. They’ve been far less…

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PODCAST: Which NBA Teams Should be Worried After Slow Starts?

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss which teams should be concerned about their slow start to the 2019-20 NBA season. Should the Portland Trail Blazers be worried about their frontcourt in the wake of Zach Collins’ shoulder injury? How concerned should the Sacramento Kings be? What’s…