Von Wafer Finding His Role
When Magic guard Von Wafer was dealt to the Orlando Magic, it looked like the Magic were unlikely to bring back incumbent starter Jason Richardson. Wafer figured he’d have to compete only with J.J. Redick for playing time. However, just a few days later, Jason Richardson signed a four-year deal with the Magic and returned to the starting lineup, leaving Wafer as the odd man out.
Despite scoring nine points in an opening night game with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Wafer saw nothing more than mop-up duty before the Magic left on their west coast road trip. Wafer was thrust into action against the Sacramento Kings on January 8 and responded by scoring 12 points in 17 minutes. After playing just three minutes against the Portland Trail Blazers, Wafer scored eight points in a come-from-behind victory over the Golden State Warriors the next day.
Although Wafer was held scoreless in a game against the New York Knicks four days later, an injury to Jason Richardson opened the door for Wafer.
He took advantage.
Wafer scored 13 points in 24 minutes in a win over the Charlotte Bobcats Tuesday and followed that up with a 15-point outburst against the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night.
“Just bring energy and aggression,” Wafer said. “That’s all I’m trying to do.”
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