Big Herc always says that the Orlando Magic rely on the the three point shot.
I’ve written articles within this very blog, arguing the Magic play an inside out game.
Alas, I must face my denial, and admit that the Magic rely too heavily on long jump shots. Teams win NBA Champions with tough play in the paint.
In the crucial fourth quarter of the NBA Finals Game Seven, Gasol’s ability to create fouls by playing inside out, gave the Lakers an added advantage.
Magic management have indicated via general manager Otis Smith, that more shot creators would help the team get to the next level.
Thus far, Orlando has used free agency to sign back up players, and future prospects, rather than experienced veterans ready to start.
Matt Barnes presently looks like the odd man out. The Magic have made no offers to Barnes, who opted out of his contract to become a free agent.
Otis Smith always wanted to sign Chris Duhon. During his last opportunity, Smith felt the price too high. After a subpar season, Smith signed Duhon for a bargain at $15 million over four years.
Duhon plays the pick and roll well. He can take some of the pressure of Jameer Nelson to always create shots.
The real key to the Magic’s free agency success, will be how much Dwight Howard improves.
If the team remains relatively unchanged, Howard would need to start converting on more touches.
I’ll say that another way, Howard will get the ball more in the post. In return for head coach Stan Van Gundy’s confidence, Howard will develop a post game and improve his free throw shooting.
To be the man Howard and the Magic organization expect him to be, Superman will have to develop new super powers.
His arch nemeses the King, the Black Mamba, the Big Ticket and Flash still lurk in the shadows.
Some of his enemies seem to be teaming together— conspiring an evil plot down in Pat Riley’s lair.
How does Superman need to get Better?
Looking at successful teams, their leaders do certain things well.
I divide it up into the following categories; Leadership, Developing Team Play, Basketball IQ, Playmaking.
Come back later today for our look at , Leadership.