Orlando Magic News
9-22-14: Rob Hannigan, the young general manager of the Orlando Magic has been carefully constructing his rebuild of the team since Dwight Howard’s departure in the summer of 2012. Now two years later the team looks poised to be a surprise team in the East. With two lottery picks in power forward Aaron Gordon and point guard Elfrid Payton Hannigan and coach Jacque Vaughn look to pair them with Tobias Harris, Victor Oladipo, and Nikola Vucevic to round out their young squad. Hannigan supplemented his bench with veterans including Channing Frye, Ben Gordan, and Luke Ridnour. Expect this new Orlando team to try and sneak in to that 8th seed.
8-13-14: The Orlando Magic have made some changes to their roster this offseason with drafting three players and letting go their 10 year veteran player Jameer Nelson, while adding Ben Gordon that did raise a few eyebrows. Magic GM Rob Hennigan has made some surprising moves who was expected to have a quiet offseason by adding even more young talent to the roster while trading away Arron Afflalo for Evan Fournier and a draft pick.
Orlando Magic 2014 Draft Overview
Round 1, Pick 4, Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona
Round 1, Pick 10, Elfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana-Lafayette (via trade with Philadelphia
Round 2, Pick 56, Roy Devyn Marble, SF, Iowa (via trade with Denver Nuggets)
4-7-14: The Magic finished a four-game homestand this past week. Orlando faced three opponents from the Eastern Conference and posted a 1-2 record. In Friday’s 110-105 overtime win over the Charlotte Bobcats, Eastern Conference Player of the Week Nikola Vucevic exploded for 24 points and 23 rebounds. On Sunday, the Magic fought hard, but fell to the Toronto Raptors by five points. Unfortunately, Wednesday’s contest was not as close. The Magic hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers, who got Kyrie Irving back from injury. He and Dion Waiters were too much for Orlando too handle as the Cavaliers beat the Magic, 119-98.
4-1-14: The Magic had an interesting week against the Western Conference. Orlando faced two lottery teams and one playoff team, but oddly lost to the lottery teams and beat the playoff team. Orlando finished its four-game road trip on the West Coast with losses at the hands of the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers. Although the Magic fell to 33 games below .500 with those losses, the team’s spirits were not low on Tuesday. Orlando took on the Portland Trail Blazers, and Tobias Harris had a fantastic night. His game-high 25 points led the Magic to the 95-85 win.
3-24-14: The 76ers are not the only team with a lengthy losing streak. The Magic played three games this past week and lost them all, pushing the team’s losing streak to seven games. On Friday, Orlando finished a quick homestand with a 105-101 overtime loss to the Washington Wizards. Then, the Magic began a four-game road trip on the West Coast. Tuesday’s contest was against the Golden State Warriors: the Magic fell by 14 points that night. Orlando finished the back-to-back set in Phoenix. Nikola Vucevic was ejected in the first quarter of that game, and the Magic lost, 109-93.
3-17-14: The Magic had a frustrating week on the basketball court. Orlando played three games and lost each of them. All three contests ended with single-digit margins, but the Magic could not emerge victorious in any of them. On Saturday in San Antonio, Tobias Harris scored a team-high 23 points off the bench for Orlando, but it was not enough as the Spurs won, 121-112. Then on Monday, Victor Oladipo was productive in his return from his ankle injury: he scored 12 points on very efficient shooting. Unfortunately, that came in the Magic’s seven-point loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. On Wednesday, Orlando hosted Denver and fell, 120-112.
3-10-14: The Magic had a predictable week, as the team faced two of the league’s best teams and the NBA’s worst squad. On Saturday at Miami, Kyle O’Quinn posted a double-double, but Orlando fell by 14 points. Then, Tobias Harris exploded on Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers. He scored a game-high 31 points en route to the 92-81 Magic victory, the team’s second win in the last three games. Wednesday was an interesting night at Amway Arena as Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets were in town. The Magic fans booed Howard as the organization celebrated his eight seasons in an Orlando uniform with a video tribute. Howard amassed 19 points and a game-high 13 rebounds in the Rockets’ 101-89 win.
3-3-14: The Magic had a solid week considering how the team’s schedule was tightly packed. Orlando played just one home game and it was after returning from a two-game road trip. That contest was on Friday as the Magic hosted the Knicks. The teams went to double-overtime and Orlando emerged victorious in the hard-fought game. Victor Oladipo put up 30 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds in his throwback Magic jersey. Unfortunately, Arron Afflalo sprained his right ankle and missed the rest of the week’s games. Orlando proceeded to lose its next two contests to move its losing streak to 16 straight road games. Then, the Magic stopped the skid by winning in Philadelphia, 101-90.
2-24-14: After having a strong week, the Magic headed into the All-Star weekend with a couple of representatives. Rookie of the Year candidate Victor Oladipo started for Team Webber in the Rising Stars Challenge and contributed 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Then, the following night, he participated in the skills challenge with Michael Carter-Williams and made it to the finals. After Oladipo stepped off the Smoothie King Center floor, Arron Afflalo took part in the 3-Point Shootout. Afflalo’s outside shot heated up this past week as he made 5-of-10 from deep in the two games since All-Star weekend. However, the Magic dropped the contests to the Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers.
2-21-14: The Magic and forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis have agreeed to terms of a buyout from his contract. Davis was set to make $6.6 million next season after signing a $25. 7 million deal with the team in 2011. Davis is the second veteran bought out by the Magic this season, they let Hedo Turkoglu walk in January.
2-18-14: What a week it was for the Magic. Orlando, a team that has struggled against strong teams this season, put on a show for its home crowd. Jacque Vaughn’s squad completed a four-game homestand with a 3-1 record and matched its longest winning streak of the season. On Friday, Tobias Harris’ fastbreak buzzer-beating dunk lifted the Magic past the Oklahoma City Thunder, the best team in the Western Conference. Then on Sunday, Victor Oladipo fought off his ankle injury to score a team-high 23 points in Orlando’s double-digit comeback win over the Indiana Pacers, the Eastern Conference’s best squad. Although the Magic fell to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, it was still an encouraging week for Orlando.
2-10-14: Nicola Vucevic has been looking very good in his five games since he returned from a concussion, as he has scored more than 10 points in each of those contests. Surprisingly, the Magic’s two wins in that span have come in the only two games that he did not record a double-double. He has played in just 33 games this season and has a hefty total of 19 double-doubles. Vucevic’s team-friendly contract will help them build towards the future, but right now Orlando has to work on its road record. They were perfect at the Amway Center this past week, but were winless away from home.
2-4-14: Orlando has been able to muster only two victories without Nicola Vucevic this season, but one of them came against the Los Angeles Lakers in Orlando on Friday evening. In his alternate Magic uniform, Tobias Harris had a stellar game, as he became the first Orlando player to register a double-double in the first half during the 2013-14 season. He led all players that night in scoring and rebounding, as he recorded 28 points and a career-high 20 boards. Then, after losses in New Orleans and Detroit, the Magic welcomed back center Vucevic to the starting lineup on Wednesday at Toronto. Although Orlando fell to the Raptors, Vucevic added another double-double to his season total.
1-27-14: There it is: the Magic’s first win in 2014. On Sunday, the Celtics entered the Amway Center, and Orlando rode a 35-point second quarter to defeat Boston. In his second game back from his foot injury, Arron Afflalo scored 20 points and matched his career-high with 13 rebounds against the Celtics. Jacque Vaughn only played seven players that night, but five of them scored double-digit points, including former Celtic Glen Davis. Orlando’s shallow frontcourt was one of the reasons for the team’s 1-3 record this past week. The organization is still waiting for Nikola Vucevic, the team leader in rebounding, to pass concussion protocol.
1-20-14: Orlando has now lost nine consecutive games, the longest current losing streak in the NBA and just two losses away from tying the longest one in the league this season. Nikola Vucevic has missed each of the last five contests, as he is still recovering from his concussion. Arron Afflalo also missed three games this past week with a foot injury. On the bright side, Tobias Harris matched his season-high with 22 points on Saturday in Orlando’s loss at Denver. Then on Wednesday, the Magic forced triple-overtime against the Bulls, and Victor Oladipo put up a career-high 35 points that night.
1-7-14: This past week, the Magic put together a winning streak of at least two games for just the third time this season. Behind two solid games from Arron Afflalo, Orlando scored exactly 109 points in Friday’s win over the Detroit Pistons and Sunday’s victory over the Atlanta Hawks. In addition, Nikola Vucevic led all players in rebounds in each of those games. However, Vucevic suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter in the Magic’s 13-point loss to the Golden State Warriors. The big man from Switzerland then sat out Thursday’s game at Cleveland, and the Magic fell again.
12-30-13: The Magic had just two games this past week, both of which were played at the Amway Center in Orlando. Unfortunately, the beginning of the team’s six-game homestand has not gone so well. They have already dropped games to three of the worst teams in the league: the Utah Jazz, Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks. However, they lost the three contests by a combined 14 points. In addition, Arron Afflalo kept up his hot streak. He scored more than 25 points in consecutive home games for the first time in his career. The 28-year California native is deserving of an all-star nod as he has been one of the league’s best offensive players this season.
12-22-13: It was another frustrating week for the Orlando basketball team, in which it could only muster one win in four tries. The Magic dropped games to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz, but did sneak out a one-point victory at the United Center on the second night of a back-to-back. After losing by just three points in Oklahoma City on Sunday, the Magic got double-doubles from both Glen Davis and Nicola Vucevic en route to the Monday night victory over the Bulls. Then, an illness sidelined Arron Afflalo on Wednesday, but Vucevic extended his streak of consecutive double-double games to three contests.
12-13-13: The Magic’s recent road trip did not go so well. Orlando lost to the New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies, which pushed the team’s losing streak to a season-long six games. However, the Magic finally ended the skid with a victory in Charlotte. Jameer Nelson and Glen Davis led the way with 17 points each, as there were seven different Magic players with double-digit points that night. In addition, Nikola Vucevic grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Arron Afflalo and Victor Oladipo have also been contributing to this team, and they hope to continue to for many years to come.
12-6-13: Arron Afflalo’s career-high 43 points on Tuesday were not enough for the Magic to win in Philadelphia. In 2013-14, Afflalo is on pace for his best scoring output for a season by a large margin. Not too many people expected Afflalo to crack the top ten in scoring for a season. However, it is still going to be difficult for the Magic to rack up wins. Orlando has lost its last three games by an average of more than 12 points per contest, so second-year coach Jacque Vaughn will have to remain patient with his young team.
11-28-13: The Orlando Magic welcomed Glen Davis and Tobias Harris back to the team’s lineup this week and the presence of Big Baby has seen them pull in back-to-back wins. While Baby’s physical play has been a huge help to Orlando on both ends of the floor, the team got bad news regarding Tobias Harris after he returned for just one game. After debuting against the Phoenix Suns last Sunday, Harris was slated to be in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Atlanta Hawks. However, Harris was a late scratch due to soreness in his previously sprained left ankle and is back to being sidelined indefinitely. At 6-9 on the year, the Magic are set to start out a very tough December – with eight of their next 10 games on the road.
11-22-13: Positive: Arron Afflalo has average 30.3 ppg over the last three games. Negative: Victor Oladipo is second in the NBA with 48 turnovers, including 17 in the last two games. Positive: Orlando started the season 3-2, almost 4-1 if not for a miracle Kevin Love shot. Negative: Orlando has lost five of their last six games. Sitting at 4-7 and reeling from a blowout loss to the Miami Heat, the Magic are in desperate need of a meaningful win. Encouraging signs are coming however, as Tobias Harris and Glen Davis have both returned to practicing with the team and both could be back on the court in the next week.
11-15-13: The Magic used a gritty win over the Milwaukee Bucks to stop the bleeding in week three, as they got to 4-5 after nine games. Arron Afflalo was the star of the night on Wednesday, as he scored a career high 36 points and held pace as the Magic’s top scorer on the year. Despite their youth across the board, Orlando remains an extremely competitive team in 2013 with their sights set on getting over the .500 hump in week four and beyond.
11-8-13: The Orlando Magic were supposed to be a team to beat down on in 2013. They didn’t get the memo. Center Nikola Vucevic has absolutely beasted out to start the season, while young players have offered up timely offense to help the Magic kick off 2013 with a stellar 3-2 start. After two understandable losses to the Pacers (5-0) and the Timberwolves (3-2), the Magic have won three straight and suddenly have Orlando folk thinking playoffs.
11-1-13: The 2013-14 season is Jacque Vaughn’s second one as the head coach in Orlando. Although the Magic only had 20 wins last season, this team has a large amount of young talent. The organization did not make too many moves during the offseason with the exception of signing Justin Maxiell, who begins the regular season as the starting power forward. Although rookie Victor Oladipo is not starting, he had a strong preseason and has a chance at being the NBA Rookie of the Year. The Indiana University product has an all-around game that will make Magic fans very happy that he is playing for their franchise.
10-21-13: The Orlando Magic have assembled a good nucleus of young talent in Maurice Harkless E’Twaun Moore and second overall pick Victor Oladipo, all of whom have been averaging double digits this preseason. This preseason the Magic have struggled a bit which is to be expected when you have such a young team trying to develop a rapport with one another as they have a record of 2-4. Orlando has two games left this preseason before they begin regular season play; October 22 @ San Antonio and October 25 vs New Orleans.
8-23-13: After completely blowing up the roster over the last 12 months, the Orlando Magic had a quiet offseason. The only major addition for the upcoming season comes by way of the number two overall draft pick, guard Victor Oladipo. Fans will fall in love with Oladipo’s energy from the first time they see him. Orlando also added a few veteran pieces by way of Ronnie Price and Jason Maxiell to help mold the team’s youth. The Magic also had a $17.8M trade exception that expired, unused, on August 10th.
Dwight Howard returned to Orlando for just one game last season, and he’ll make just trip to Orlando this season. The Houston Rockets will visit the Magic on Wednesday, March 5th. J.J. Redick and the L.A. Clippers will come to town on Wednesday, November 6th. The Miami will make their two season appearances on November 20th and again on Saturday, January 4th. The Magic open their home schedule on Friday, November 1st against Ryan Anderson and the New Orleans Pelicans.
Key Home Games:
- November 1st – New Orleans Pelicans
- November 20th – Miami Heat
- December 23rd – New York Knicks
- January 15th – Chicago Bulls
- March 5th – Houston Rockets
7-1-13: Shooting guard Victor Oladipo from University of Indiana was the second pick made by the Orlando Magic. The versatile shooting guard was projected very high in this year's draft. The former Hoosier junior average 13.6 points per game in his final season at Indiana. Victor has an explosive slashing style that should fit the Orlando Magic roster well. The Magic are in a rebuilding stage so he should definitely get minutes in bulk. Orlando finished dead last in the Eastern conference last season winning only 20 games. Despite being in Last Place Orlando tickets averaged on the expensive side at $89 for home games last season. Expect this to remain steady unless the teams play improves in which we could see a price increase. Victor Oladipo Has the ability to make the magic better.
Magic 2013 Draft Summary:
Round 1, Pick 2: SG Victor Oladipo, Indiana.
Round 2, Pick 21: PF Romero Osby, Oklahoma.
6-12-13: The Magic were destined for the lottery the day Dwight Howard was traded and all the predictions seemed accurate. At 20-63, all five positions on the Magic roster were open for audition. Having the second overall pick in the NBA draft is only going strengthen their youth movement going forward. Jameer Nelson, the current elder statesmen of the team, had an up and down year in and out of the lineup due to injuries. Rookie forward Maurice Harkless showed promise when he was awarded extra playing time due to the season ending injury to Aaron Afflalo. Nikola Vecevic had a great rookie campaign averaging 13 points and 11 rebounds.
2-25-13: The Magic were one of the few teams that actually executed a trade before last week’s deadline. They sent JJ Reddick to the Bucks and received roster fillers Doron Lamb, Tobias Harris and Beno Udrih in return. The oft injured point guard Jameer Nelson has played well when he is on the court; however injuries seem to pile up along with the losses. At 15-41 and losers of 5 in a row the Magic have little to look forward to for the remainder of this season. As expected, after trading Dwight Howard, the Magic are headed for the lottery fast. It will be interesting to see how much more of a chance the organization is willing to give rookie head coach Jacque Vaughn after a dreadful first season.
11-26-12: It is not easy to rebuild in the NBA and that’s exactly what the post Dwight Howard Orlando Magic have been forced to do. While the Magic have played a majority of their games against eastern conference opponents, they still have only managed to post a 5-8 clip, including back to back blowout losses to Brooklyn during a home and home series. Their latest loss came in overtime against the Celtics, 116-110. If Jameer Nelson is unable to stay healthy the Magic could be headed toward the lottery fast. With the Spurs and Nets as their next two opponents, it just doesn’t seem to be getting any easier anytime soon.