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2 years ago on Highlights: Maurice Harkless’ career day in Milwaukee
What is impressing so much about Nelson this year is that he is turning into an excellent game manager--a true PG (who of his critics would ever thought of that!). I remember at the beginning of the year, people were getting on Jameer because he struggling shooting and not being aggressive enough. As I have watched him though this year, especially in the game I saw in person against the Suns in Phoenix, even when Nelson would be struggling with his shot a little bit, he he has been doing an excellent job facilitating the offense and creating ball movement for his teammates. However, what has been neatest to observe is that it is almost as if he knows the exact time when his team needs him to be aggressive--"turn on that switch-- and take over games. And he has done that. Just look at the game against Portland the other night. Clutch basket after clutch basket to keep the Magic hanging with the Blazers.
From everything he is bringing to his game this year, I would argue other than the 09' season, this is easily Jameer Nelson's best season of his year. Scratch that--For what he means and doing for this team, I will actually go out on a limb and say Jameer is having the best season of his career. What a joy is has been to watch (or hear via NBA Audio League Pass)! He has improved so much over the years. I am so excited for the type of mentoring Jameer will do for whatever young PG we decide to draft. It is going to be such a neat transition.!
2 years, 2 months ago on Jameer Nelson: From pick-and-rolls to prosperity
@erivera7 @CarloSimone Indeed. Goose has looked completely lost out there. I thought he and Nelson would be somewhat effective in the pick 'n roll game.
2 years, 3 months ago on Diminishing returns on Arron Afflalo and Gustavo Ayon
Another factor I am seeing that are doing the Magic in are the team's lack of free throw attempts. The Spurs had 15 while the Magic only had 8. The only part of Affalo's game that I have been very disappointed in (more a testament to the team, than the individual player) is his inability to get the free-throw line this season. Before the season started, wasn't Affalo being advertised as the type of slasher guard the Magic have been missing for years? Recently, all Affalo has been settling for has been mid-range jump shots coming off screens. He's better than that. Is the team's inability to get to the free-throw line due to the poor floor spacing that CarloSimone mentioned? I know having a good off the dribble game opens up the perimeter looks tremendously.
2 years, 4 months ago on Recap: San Antonio Spurs 110, Orlando Magic 89
Great analysis Sean. What you have written in this article seems to be the best case scenario for the Magic long term. I'm glad Hennington has the vision for the future success of the team and not the short sighted gratification like Otis Smith possessed in the last few seasons like you pointed out. It seems like a trade such as this is definitely a very positive direction to take for the Magic's much needed rebuilding project. I have onequestion though: do you think it would be possible for the Magic to acquire Devin Ebanks in a trade with the Lakers as well, or is that just getting too greedy?
2 years, 8 months ago on The case for trading Dwight Howard to the Lakers
Do you think there will any partners willing to trade for Kellen Winslow? Maybe the best bet: we could get a draft pick out of him and try to pursue a free agent tight end like Finley?
3 years, 1 month ago on Bucs should not release Kellen Winslow
Nice article! Do you see the Magic using to the zone as a possibility of defending the Heat since that team have even more athletic players that can get to the rim?
3 years, 2 months ago on Stan Van Gundy uses a zone defense