Apr 4, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5) talks with head coach Jacque Vaughn during the second half against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Bobcats defeated the Magic 91-80. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Orlando Magic Today: Player Growth

Good morning and happy Thursday, everyone. We’re almost to the Labor day weekend, which I know everyone is excited about. Get through another two days of work and then enjoy some time with your family. Let’s see what’s going on with the Orlando Magic today.

We begin our journey today with a stop at OrlandoMagicDaily, where Philip examines Victor Oladipo‘s growth potential for the coming season. Oladipo is going to be taking on a much bigger role this season with Arron Afflalo gone, and it’ll be interesting to see how he reacts. He’s put in a lot of work this offseason, and has drawn some great comparisons from some, so he could be the catalyst for the Magic to take the next step in their rebuild.

Wade made quite a leap from numbers pretty similar (a little better, but still similar) to Oladipo’s in his second year. But this is Dwyane Wade. He is one of the best shooting guards in NBA history. His early years were absolutely stellar. It is impossible to compare Oladipo to someone like him or to expect him to make a 49 percent increase in points per game in one season (at least, not without Shaq).

It is possible for Oladipo to make something of a jump like this. With a small improvement in his shooting — like Wade at that left elbow from his rookie to his sophomore season — his efficiency and scoring will improve. Oladipo would potentially become a better playmaker if teams have to respect that shot and he is able to get it into the paint more and cause the defense to collapse. Mastering that jump shot will be absolutely key to unlocking Oladipo’s potential.

At HoopsHabit, Luke Duffy looks at Nikola Vucevic in comparison to some of the league’s other top centers. Vucevic has really carved out a niche with the team as one of the best rebounders in the league, but leaves some to be desired on the defensive end. The team has a big decision to make in the next two months whether they want to extend Vucevic or wait until free agency next summer to lock up their man in the middle.

Finally, at SeaDubsCentral, Adam Johnson takes a look at the new NBA Developmental League divisions and does a small breakdown of each. With the Magic netting a hybrid partnership with the Erie BayHawks, their involvement with the D-League will most certainly be going up and very soon.

That’ll do it for Orlando Magic Today on this lovely Thursday. Everyone enjoy the rest of their day, watch some football tonight and make sure to check back with us in the coming days as we start to roll out the first parts of our season preview.

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