January 27, 2013; Orlando FL, USA; Orlando Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick (7) dribbles the ball against the Detroit Pistons during the second half at Amway Center. Detroit Pistons defeated the Orlando Magic 104-102. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Orlando Magic Today: The Dog Days

With the offseason entering the dog days, and not much happening with the team, we look elsewhere to bring you some top opinions, articles and facts on the Magic.

First off, Phillip Rossman-Reich of OrlandoMagicDaily takes a look at the Magic’s inbound’s struggles from last season. Needless to say, the Magic were quite abysmal in that part of the game, and were usually good for at least one inbounds turnover per game. It did after all end up on Adam Papageorgiou’s “Tank Bingo” card.

That is simply something that cannot happen for any NBA team, frankly. For Orlando, it happened far too often during the course of the season. It became a running joke throughout the year as the Magic floundered to a 23-win season.

It also became a symbol of the Magic’s failure to accomplish the most simplest task. And it happened in several key moments. There was the Raptors game and the inexcusable loss to the Cavs on January 2, where a five-second call with 13 seconds left and a four-point lead helped the Cavaliers come back. It was one of many plays that night that were just disastrous.

Over at OrlandoMagicStuff, tandem of Jake Smith and Scott Fisher, with a little help from myself, Mr. Rossman-Reich and Mr. Papageorgiou, took at look at some over/under’s for the Magic this season. We looked at how many starts electrifying rooking point guard Elfird Payton would garner and how many points combo guard Victor Oladipo would score, amongst other things.

Finally, our friend Mika Honkasalo over at HoopsHabit took a look at why we should appreciate former Magic guard J.J. Redick. To be fair, I don’t think there is a reason not to appreciate that perfect haired man, is there? I didn’t think so.

He has improved his play making tremendously from when he came into the league and is now capable of running a decent pick and roll or putting the ball on the floor when the ball gets winged to him on the weak side.

Redick has become a more versatile an accurate finisher around the rim and has added a nifty little floater game to his arsenal. J.J. Redick is also a very good and smart team defender. Sure, he’s a bit short and over matched physically against most good 2-guards, but he knows where to be and never misses a rotation.

That’ll do it for today’s Orlando Magic Today. Be sure to continue to check back with Presto In The Paint for all the latest Magic news, rumors, analysis and more!

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