Here are a couple of stories on some of the mistakes the Magic have made this year that I found to be good reads.
Richardson responded with the worst conversion rate on threes in his 11-year career, finishing with a 28.8 percent mark; he entered the season with a career three-point percentage of 35.9. Because he lacks a dribble-drive game, he struggles to create his own shot or create shots for his teammates. His offensive usefulness is predicated on spreading the floor and hitting open threes when called upon, though his size and strength make him an occasional post-up threat.
The Magic never made up for Gortat’s absence. After the Dec. 18 deals, Smith couldn’t acquire a true center to back up Howard. Without a capable backup, Howard had to be more careful to avoid fouls, which in turn curtailed Howard’s aggressiveness on defense.
The Arenas deal proved to be disastrous — at least for this past season.
Never fully healthy, Arenas lacked explosiveness and quickness. He also struggled to deal with his limited minutes and, after spending all of his career in Golden State and Washington, didn’t mesh well in Orlando’s more structured offense.
Our offseason coverage is set to get underway as HtD will be taking a look at Orlando’s own free agents later in the week.
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