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Magic’s Show their Potential with First Pre Season Game Win!

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The Orlando Magic’s first play of the game was Tuesday night. At the beginning of Tuesday’s clash, Franz Wagner and Wendell Carter connected for an alley-oop. Later in the game, the duo worked together to dismantle the Memphis Grizzlies. The squad was eager to perform for a raucous Amway Center crowd, but they just needed to appear coherent and turn toward the regular season with confidence.

The connection between Franz Wagner and Wendell Carter was on full display from the get-go on Tuesday night. They continued to show great chemistry as the game progressed, and the team relied on them heavily down the stretch as they dismantled the Memphis Grizzlies.

With the addition of Terrence Ross to the line-up, the Magics seem to have unlocked their potential and the versatility and weapons they have on the court. And this may be the key to the Magic’s success this year.

After the game on Tuesday, coach Jamahl Mosley commented on the poise of his players. He noticed how they were able to read and react to Memphis’ defense, as well as how patient they were. He particularly appreciated how well they worked together. On defense, he wanted them to sit down and earn stops.

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No. 1 overall pick Paolo Banchero in first NBA pre season regulation game © sportsclubflorida.com

 Franz Wagner and Wendell Carter combined their intelligence to become a powerful duo on the court.

Last year, Wagner made 53 assists to Carter on just 5.5 passes per game (0.7 assists per game, 43 total assists). Despite this, Carter still shot 48.1 percent from the floor off those passes. It was the second-highest number of passes Wagner made to any individual player.

Last season, the Magic didn’t turn to Wagner much as a playmaker, as reflected by NBA.com’s tracking stats. Based on those statistics, he had 0.85 points per possession on 3.9 pick-and-roll possessions per game (the fourth-most on the team behind the team’s three point guards).

The Magic want to utilize Wagner’s good decision-making, size, and playmaking more frequently on handoffs and pick-and-roll sets. Whether the team is flowing from handoffs into pick and rolls or playing more traditional pick-and-roll sets, the Magic want to accomplish this.

Celebrating with Wagner Assist | © sportsclubflorida.com

The Magic rely heavily on making the right decisions after receiving the ball and cutting when passing the ball to create points. Because Wagner is such a menace and impulsive with the ball, Carter will have many opportunities to cut.

The Magic have focused on quick decisions and attacking these initial actions’ created gaps in coverage. A moment later, Dillon Brooks might slide to the paint to cover Wendell Carter on the roll, leaving either Franz Wagner to slow down the offense or Paolo Banchero to slip to the short corner.

Magics Grab the Win

Wendell locked on Defense Against Grizzlies | © sportsclubflorida.com

The Magic’s latest additions, No. 1 overall pick Paolo Banchero, showed up big with 17 points in his first game played in front of the fans at the Amway. He was one of seven players who scored more than nine points against the Grizzlies.

The game flowed back and forth between Magic and Grizzlies players throughout the game, but the Magic pulled away with an 11-point lead with just six minutes to go. The Magics look good tonight and this win will help craft them as a team more going into the start of the season.

 

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Orlando Magic Linked to Career 38.5 3PT Shooter Player

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Malik Beasley

The Orlando Magic are one of the teams expected to pursue Malik Beasley once he hits the free agency market this July.

The Magic, who have already been linked to several incoming free agents with respectable shooting acumen, are reportedly among the teams showing some level of interest in Beasley.

Other teams linked to the sweet-shooting veterans are the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors.

“Houston has identified floor spacing and shooting as an area of need this offseason privately and publicly and have an interest in veteran sharpshooter Malik Beasley,” a source close to the situation told the New York Times.

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Beasley started 77 games for the Milwaukee Bucks this past season, converting 41.3 percent of his shots from 3-point distance. He’s a career 38.5 percent three-point shooter.

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Magic Have Interest in Sweet-Shooting Point Guard

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D'Angelo Russell

The Orlando Magic has reportedly shown interest in potential free agent guard D’Angelo Russell, the Athletic reported on Wednesday, May 21.

Russell, who can opt out of his $18.7 million player option with the Los Angeles Lakers, is expected to draw interest from teams looking to shore up their shooting in their backcourt.

The 28-year-old point guard averaged 18.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists in 32.7 minutes per game while shooting 45.6 FG% and 41.5 3PT% during the 2023-24 season.

His numbers dipped in the playoffs as he averaged 14.2 points on 38.4 FG% and 31.8 3PT% in the five-game series with the Denver Nuggets.

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The Magic direly need some reliable shooting in their lineup for next season after shooting 35.2% from deep in the regular-season.

Aside from Russell, the Magic are also rumored as a potential destination for Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson.

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Orlando Magic Linked to Big-Time Scorer in Free Agency

According to reputable NBA insider Ramona Shelburne, the Magic are one of the teams eyeing the service of NBA All-Star Paul George.

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The offseason officially started for the Orlando Magic seconds after the final buzzer of their 94-106 Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. According to reputable NBA insider Ramona Shelburne, the Magic are one of the teams eyeing incoming free agent Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers.

“There’s two teams that are paying very close attention to Paul George: the Orlando Magic and the Philadelphia 76ers, because both of them have the money to throw at him and need a wing just like him, a veteran guy,” Shelburne said on “the Brian Windhorst & the Hoops Collective” podcast on May 1.

Sportrac projected the Magic to have a practical cap space of $19 million, but their maximum possible cap space could balloon to as high as $58 million if they forego their team options on Jonathan Isaac, Joe Ingles, and Moritz Wagner.

Despite turning 34 once the free agency window opens, George is expected to be a hot commodity on the market because of his reputation as a flat-out scorer and above-average wing defender. He’ll be looking for his final max-level deal of at least $45 million per year before he enters the twilight years of his career.

George averaged 22.6 points on 47.1 FG%, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game during the regular season with the Clippers. His scoring production dipped a bit during the six-game series against the Mavericks, putting up 19.5 points on 41.1 FG% and 36.7 3PT%.

NBA experts expect the Magic to bring over either a legitimate shooter or a scorer who will help address the lack of shooting on their roster. George, a career 38.5 3PT% shooter, would be a solid addition to a resurging team like the Magic.

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