The West Coast road trip was not a vacation for the Orlando Magic.
The Magic lost all five games by an average of 22 points. To add insult to injury, the Magic saw center Nikola Vucevic and Arron Afflalo miss games during the trip, while Maurice Harkless and Jameer Nelson played with injuries.
There were several performances from individuals (good and bad) that stood out during the West Cost trip. Let’s take a look at the report card for the Magic players.
Jameer Nelson: B
Jameer Nelson had an up-and-down performance during the road trip. He was practically invisible against the Los Angeles Clippers, but rebounded nicely against the Portland Trail Blazers with a double-double of 17 points and 10 assists. His passing in particular was especially on point as he had more than five assists in each game except for the Clippers game. Nelson saved his best performance for the last game of the road trip against the Dallas Mavericks, where he had a season-high 21 points, despite playing with a sprained index finger on his shooting hand.
Victor Oladipo: A
Victor Oladipo had a very good road trip. Oladipo averaged 15 points per game during the five games and showcased a very impressive mid-range pull-up jump shot in transition. While he was good in all five games, Oladipo was one of only a few Magic players who put forth any sort of effort against the Los Angeles Clippers, accounting for 22 points.
E’Twaun Moore: F
E’Twaun Moore has struggled mightily this season both offensively and defensively. He did nothing to turn the tide during this road trip. Moore did not make a single 3-point shot during the road trip going 0-for-10 from the 3-point line. Even worse, Moore, who is known as a solid perimeter defender, looked totally lost. Against the Sacramento Kings, Moore struggled to guard Jimmer Fredette, who scored 11 points off the bench for the Kings. On two occasions, Fredette was able to beat Moore with an up-and-under move, with Moore completely biting on the fake. He also struggled with guarding Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis, who scored 21 points, with Moore failing to guard Ellis properly on the pick-and-roll.
Maurice Harkless: B
Maurice Harkless had a solid road trip, despite dealing with confidence issues coming into trip. Harkless was especially good in transition on offense averaging 10.9 points per game and did an excellent job on defense.
Glen Davis: B+
Glen Davis had a strong road trip when it came to scoring, but was often overmatched on the defensive end of the court. Davis led the Magic in scoring during the road trip with 15.2 points per game. However, due to Nikola Vucevic missing the last four games of the road trip because of a concussion, Davis struggled to guard the center position. Lamarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers dropped 36 points against Davis, while Sacramento Kings center Damarcus Cousins scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds against the undersized Orlando Magic center.
Who do you think had the best/worst performance for the Magic during the road trip. Let your voice be heard in the comments section.