Good morning, everyone. Hope your week’s have gone smoothly and you’re as excited for the weekend as I am. It feels like August has just drug on and on, but it’s nearing it’s end and that means just over a month until NBA training camps start to being. Anyway, lets see whats going on with the Orlando Magic today.
First, Adam Papageorgiou of MagicBasketballOnline posts that the Magic are close to hiring a coach for their D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks. The Magic and BayHawks agreed to a three-year partnership earlier this year, with the Magic running the basketball operations side, and another ownership group running everyday business with the club. General manager Rob Hennigan told the media earlier this summer that the process was going slowly, but they had hoped to have a coach and management in place by the end of the summer.
Next we go to our friends at HoopsHabit who looked at who they think will start for the Magic to open the season. There Magic clearly have a lot of ways they can go, and it would seem that only Victor Oladipo and Nikola Vucevic are absolute locks to begin the season as starters.
We’ll start with the easy choices, and really there is no competition for the starting center role on this team. That position belongs solely to Nikola Vucevic, as he looks to build on a promising season last year.
Too early to label him an All-Star for sure, but the guy averaged a double-double last season (14.2 points and 11 rebounds) and has a great handle for a big man. This is an important year for him and he’ll start every game he’s healthy.
Finally, we go back to OrlandoMagicDaily once again where Philip looks at how Ben Gordon‘s time with the Magic is a second chance for the former Sixth Man Of The Year. Gordon seems like someone who is very humbled by the opportunity, and while the signing may confuse many, it could be very beneficial for the Magic should the former UConn Husky find his shooting stroke again.
That does it for Friday’s edition of Orlando Magic Today! We hope everyone has a good, safe weekend, and that you’ll continue to come to Presto in the Paint for all the latest Magic news, opinions and analysis.