Now that Wednesday is past us, we can set our sights on the weekend. It’s almost here, I promise. And, we’re one week away from College Football being back, so I know everyone is excited about that. Lets see what people are talking about in regards to the Orlando Magic today, shall we?
First, at TrueHoop’s MagicBasketball.net, Scott Raferty looks at Evan Fournier, what he can bring to the Magic, and ponders at just how good the Frenchman could get. If you forgot, Fournier was the main piece the Magic got in a trade for Arron Afflalo on draft night in June. Fournier is going into his third year in the league, and will undoubtedly bring much needed shooting to the table.
Fournier’s per game statistics of 7.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists over his first two seasons with a career 11.1 PER doesn’t pin him as a star on the rise, nor as someone who really deserves starter minutes. Yet he has shown flashes of potential in both his rookie and sophomore campaign, which leaves room for optimism as he grows into a bigger role, something that he’s looking forward to now that he’s in a new setting.
In Denver, Fournier was utilized heavily as a spot-up shooter — it accounted for 22.9 percent of his total offense in 2013-14, per Synergy Sports — and it’s the biggest asset he brings to a team right now. Last season, Fournier ranked 48th overall in spot-up situations, averaging 1.13 points per possession. He also connected on 37.6 percent of his 3s. Fournier did struggle with consistency last season, though. His 3-point percentage fluctuated greatly over the first three months, and it wasn’t until much later that he started to round out into form.
Over at BasketballInsiders, Jabari Davis believes that Victor Oladipo will be a player who has a real breakout season. Davis ranks Oladipo sixth behind Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Bradley Beal, Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond.
Oladipo may not have won last year’s Rookie of the Year award, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t very impressive (13.8 PPG, 4.1 APG, 4.1 RPG) in his first season at this level. There may still be questions as to whether Oladipo is truly a point guard or if he may ultimately be best suited at the shooting guard position, but no one questions whether he’ll be a productive player at whichever position Jacque Vaughn decides to pencil him into. With Elfrid Payton in the mix for Orlando, Oladipo may move back to two-guard. As a principle member of what is developing into an impressive, young and athletic core, Oladipo could be an all-out fantasy beast for those of you that participate in a league.
Finally, SBNations Bright Side Of The Sun takes a look at the fact that the Suns are now looking to trade Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe, whom the team acquired last offseason, is the biggest free agent still available. The team reportedly offered him a deal in the four-year, $48 million range, but Bledsoe wants a max extensions of five-years and $80 million.
That does it for today’s Orlando Magic Today! Make sure to check back with us daily for updated Magic news, analysis and opinions.