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Have to love Vaughn going with Jason Maxiel for the entire third after Nicholson went for 18 in the second quarter. Just a sound coaching move, I thought.
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Nice article. I think the one thing I would say about the season and Vaughn is that it is a lot easier to sell rebuilding to your fan base when you are playing young, inexperienced, exciting players with upside. People won't mind if the Magic finish in last place if they go down giving the lion's share of minutes to Nicholson, Harkless, Moore, etc. However, if they finish in last and Vaughn continues to run out McRobert and Turk and the cast of misfit toys, that's a whole different story. It's almost time to take the kid gloves off the rookies and throw them to the wolves. Worst thing that happens is the team loses and finishes in the lottery. The best thing that happens? The team continues to lose and finishes in the lottery. At this point in the season, or in the near future, it's time to root for loses while watching Andrew, Mo and E'Twuan, etc. develop their games. No one wants this team to finish 9th in the East with McRoberts and Turk getting 32 minutes a night.
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And Nicholson is being benched by Vaughn because.....why exactly? They've lose 17 of 19, if you don't give time to Nicholson and Harkless now when does it happen? Vaughn needs to be careful because of 2 things: A. If this losing turns into something like 26 out of 29 games he could easily be fired. and B. By bench Drew you are basically insulting Hennigan's draft pick of Nicholson since he was a top 20 pick. Do we really think Hennigan is thrilled to see his team going in the toilet while his first round pick gets no experience on the bench? I doubt it.
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@Philip R-R @Ianrnolan Thanks for the reply and insight on Nicholson. I think what Magic fans will find in Andrew (I have watched literally every game of his career) is that he can pick up some cheap fouls and he may struggle to guard more powerful forwards, BUT, he can make up for his lack of size and strength with his long wingspan and footwork.
Offensively, Andrew has a variety of offensive moves and his footwork is top rate for a rookie. He is NOT a project by any means. He can shoot it up to 19-20 feet and play the pick and pop game (though ORL doesn't seem to run the pick and roll a lot). I don't think he's a star in the league but I do think he is a credible NBA forward who will shoot a much higher FG% than Davis, that's for sure.
I think you are correct in saying they are going to bring him along slowly, which makes sense. No one wants to fail right away, so put him in a position to succeed. Also, if the team heads the other way and becomes the doormat of the East, I expect his minutes to increase and for veterans to find a place on the bench...allowing Nicholson, Harkless, etc. to see more time and develop.
I also think trading Davis to a playoff team would be wise. The Magic need to determine if they want to fully rebuild or try and contend. Right now they are in the middle. Davis, and someone like Redick would have good value on the market for a team who is close to contending.
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I'm a new Magic fan this year as a graduate of St. Bonaventure. I didn't have an NBA team and now that Andrew Nicholson got taken I, like many other graduates who didn't follow the NBA as closely have become Orlando fans.
I have been somewhat disappointed over the first three games with Nicholson's minutes, and was hoping he would be in the team's early rotation a bit more. He seems to only get clock during the late third quarter. Do Magic fans think this will change? Are expectations on him not as high as I think they are? He was a killer in college and has a versatile offensive game if given the chance. I'm assuming they are just easing him into the system and he will get more time as the year goes on but right now I think he's being under-used.
My observations on the Magic thus far: Redick is a nice NBA player as is Affalo...both can run hot and cold. Davis is going to shoot a garbage FG% and is very selfish in the half-court; he thinks he's a guard at times. I like Moore a lot, he was good at Purdue and finally Ayon is complete trash, I have no idea why he gets any time.