Good morning, everyone! Hope everyone is doing well, and enjoyed for college football last night. It’s Friday, and it’s a long weekend, so lets finish this week strong with a good day today. Things are relatively quiet overall, but we’ve still got a few things going for Orlando Magic Today.
We being our journey at CBSSports, where columnist Zach Harper says the Magic are looking to use their youth to cause “chaos” this coming season. As Harper points out, the Magic are really keying in on defense and athleticism, which could cause a bunch of chaos on the court. Personally, I think it’s going to be fun watching them fly around and defend for their lives.
Considering the Magic were in Year 2 of a rebuild, finishing 18th in the NBA in defensive rating last season wasn’t too bad. Their two best defensive lineups (out of their 10 most used lineups) involved units of Jameer Nelson-Arron Afflalo-Oladipo-Glen Davis-Nicholson (91.7 defensive rating) and Nelson-Afflalo-Oladipo-Davis-Vucevic (98.8 defensive rating). The Magic waived Nelson this offseason, traded Afflalo back to Denver, and Davis was waived back in February of last season. They’ll go much younger with defensive-minded players and can possibly bring some chaos in the process.
Throwing out a lineup of Payton-Oladipo-Gordon-Channing Frye-Vucevic could be a troublesome lineup for opponents. The trio of Payton, Oladipo, and Gordon is young, but their athleticism, quickness, wingspans, and defensive outlook could cause incredible disruption on the perimeter. The Magic were just 21st in forcing turnovers last season and were 16th in pace. With a younger, athletic team that is flying around the perimeter and getting deflections, they can create turnovers, push the ball the other way, and get quick scores.
Next, we make a stop at FanSided, where Kyle Neubeck looks at five coaches who could be on the hot seat this season, including Jacque Vaughn. It might be a little unfair to say Vaughn is on the hot seat after two years with teams that haven’t been the most talented. This will be a big year to see just how good of a coach he can be, and with the team picking up his option for next season, I’d imagine he sticks around for a few more seasons.
Our final piece for today is courtesy of HoopsHabit, where they grade the Magic’s offseason. It’s something that CBSSports did the other day, and that we did here yesterday, so, you can read that, or ours. Whatever floats your boat I guess.
That’ll do it for Orlando Magic Today. Enjoy the rest of your Friday and go and have a fun, and safe weekend with family and friends. We’ll have much more in the coming days, including some season preview stuff, so as always, make sure you continue to check in with us.