With most of the attention in Orlando being focused on the services of shooting guard J.J. Redick, Jameer Nelson is quietly having arguably his best season as a pro.
Will teams come knocking for Nelson? Or are the Magic stuck with a player that they inexplicably gave a two-year contract extension to that pays him over $8 million per season?
Nelson is shooting a career low from the field (40.9 percent), but has improved every other aspect of his game. His defense on Damian Lillard as impressive, as he split duties with Maurice Harkless and Aaron Afflalo and helped limit the likely Rookie of the Year to just 1-of-16 shooting.
He’s also distributing the ball very well, despite claims from pundits in the past that the diminutive point guard was just a shoot-first player whose abilities to run a team were poor.
The real sticking point is that there aren’t many teams in the hunt for a 31-year-old point guard who is at the tail end of his prime. Nelson isn’t a significant upgrade over many starting NBA point guards, and while he made the All-Star team in 2009, he hasn’t garnered that kind of attention this season as the Magic are seeing little TV time without a superstar to attract ratings.
Nelson has flown under the NBA radar, and it seems he’s likely not even a blip on most GM’s screens. But maybe he should be.