Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post has an interesting post about Orlando’s offense last season. He discusses Orlando’s lack of a go-to perimeter scorer.
Because the Magic don’t have a dynamic, one-on-one perimeter scorer–something Van Gundy lamented after a playoff loss to Atlanta–they must rely on crisp, clean ball movement and split-second decision-making to create those open shots. We see this reflected in the percentage of their offense generated in the pick-and-roll: 29.8 percent, the third-highest figure in the league.
The problem here is that the Magic turned the ball over on 14.5 percent of their possessions this season, tied with the Boston Celtics for the league’s third-worst figure. They fared a bit better than their average in the pick-and-roll, turning it over on 10.4 percent of such possessions.
Another consequence of not having a top-shelf perimeter guy is that Orlando ranks last in the percentage of possessions which end in isolation (7.1 percent). In general, isolation basketball is inefficient basketball, as it tends to lead to a lot of dribbling in place. Ironically, a positive to playing a one-on-one style is that it limits turnovers. Unless the offensive player gets his pocket picked, travels, or a teammate of his commits a foul or three-second violation, that ball ain’t goin’ to the other team.
It’s a very interesting read, which is why I singled it out instead of putting in our news and notes section. You can read Dunlap’s entire piece here.
(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger and ESPN 1080’s Magic Insider (http://espn1080.com). Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here).