Surprise! It’s a special Saturday edition of Orlando Magic Today! Hope everyone’s Friday went well and that you’re excited about the long weekend, I know I am! Kick back, relax, watch some college football, have a few beverages of your choice, and most of all, spend some time with friends and family, it’s always worth it. Here’s what we’ve got for today.
We begin with a stop at BasketballInsiders, where John Zitzler takes a look at five shooting guards who will be on the rise in 2014-15. Of course, Magic man Victor Oladipo is included in the list. He joins the likes of Klay Thompson, Lance Stephenson, Bradley Beal and Gordon Hayward as Zitzler’s shooting guards on the rise.
It didn’t take long for Oladipo to break through with the Magic last season, cracking the starting lineup in just his 11th game as a pro. He had his ups and downs during his rookie campaign, as most rookies do, but on the whole the Magic had to be very encouraged by what they saw. His athleticism is undeniable, jumping off the screen in a league overflowing with magnificent athletes. Oladipo was able to use that elite athleticism to make plays on both sides of the floor. He finished year averaging 13.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals. He spent time playing both point guard and shooting guard as the Magic experimented with a number a different lineups. However, this season, with the addition of rookie point guard Elfrid Payton, Oladipo figures to see the majority of his minutes at his more natural position, shooting guard. With Payton now expected to be the primary ball handler, Oladipo should see his turnover rate decrease. Look for Oladipo to continue to build off his strong rookie season with an even stronger showing in 2014-15.
We stay at BasketballInsiders for our second post, which comes from our very own Cody Taylor. Cody takes a look at power forwards who will be on the rise next season. While no Magic men are on the official list, he gives honorable mention to newcomer Channing Frye, who could have a large impact overall on the team this season. He also gives some love to former Magic big man Ryan Anderson, who is coming off of back surgery for the New Orleans Pelicans.
Finally, we make a stop at FanSided’s Pelican Debrief where our friend Matt Cianfrone looks at Group C for the World Cup, which happens to start today! That’s Team USA’s group if you didn’t know, and could end up having some fun matchups, even with the US most likely steam rolling their opponents.
That will do it for Orlando Magic Today. If you’re in the greater Orlando area, stay dry this weekend, enjoy some time off, and relax. Hopefully you’re reading this as UCF is beating Penn State in Dublin. That said, go Knights, and good luck to team USA as they kick off their World Cup this afternoon!