Good morning, Magic fans and readers. Hope the first day of your weekend was fantastic and you’re enjoying this Sunday however you may. Things are pretty quite on the Magic front, for now, but there’s still a lot of #hottakes out there to be read, and we’re gonna give you some good one’s to read.
To start off, we’ll go to MagicBasketballOnline where Adam Papageorgiou took a look at former Magic point guard Jameer Nelson‘s Top 10 games with the organization. A nice mixture of regular season and playoff games, including a couple of games where Jameer picked Raymond Felton apart. Now, they’re teammates. Hope that isn’t took awkward. Also, very important, the big balls dance makes an appearance.
Next we make a pitstop at OrlandoMagicDaily, where Philip looks at just how big of a year this is for Magic swingman Maurice Harkless. Needless to say, it’s a pretty monumental one for the third year small forward.
Harkless is only 21 years old. He will be 21 throughout the 2015 season. It is hard to call this a make-or-break season for the young player. He still has a lot of growth and development to go.
But, Harkless has also played the majority of two seasons. He has not quite defined what kind of player he will be yet. He averaged 7.4 points per game, down from 8.2 his rookie season, but shot an improved 52.5 percent effective field goal percentage. After the All-Star Break, his averages were 9.1 points per game on 54.8 percent effective field goal percentage, including 40.0 percent from beyond the arc.
If Harkless had plans of being a 3-and-D player, the last 30 or so games of the season seemed to show that he could do that. Andt his came after he struggled to finish on drives to the basket and show an expanded offensive game (although it was clear he was more confident and comfortable with the ball in his hands and initiating offense than he was as a rookie).
Finally, Si.com does a player-by-player analysis of Team USA’s roster for the upcoming World Cup. If you missed the news on Friday night, the team cut their roster down to the maximum numbers allowed, 12, leaving behind the likes of Gordon Hayward, Kyle Korver, Chandler Parsons and Damian Lillard. They also made a somewhat questionable decision by taking Brooklyn big man Mason Plumlee.
That’ll do it for today’s edition of Orlando Magic Today! Be sure to continue to check back with us everyday for the latest news, notes, analysis and rumors regarding the Magic.