2013-14 Season Review: E'Twaun Moore
By John Denton
May 13, 2014
– The Orlando Magic made great strides during the 2013-14 season, notching several wins against some of the best teams in the NBA and witnessing major improvements by many of their players.
Orlando had a seven-win improvement at the Amway Center this past season while beating Oklahoma City, Indiana, Brooklyn (twice), the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland. Undoubtedly, the high point in the season came in mid-February when Orlando beat OKC at the buzzer and outlasted Indiana in the fourth quarter within a three-day span. At the time, the Thunder and the Pacers were the leaders in the Western and Eastern Conferences, respectively.
Moments like those showed that the future is bright for a Magic squad loaded with promising young players such as Victor Oladipo, Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris and Maurice Harkless and steadied by the veteran leadership of Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson.
Orlando is also expected to add to his talent base in the June 26 NBA Draft. Orlando has secured the third-best odds at getting the top overall pick. The draft order will be determined in the May 20 NBA lottery, a process in which the Magic have a 16.6 percent chance of winning. The team with the third-best odds has won the NBA Draft Lottery each of the past two seasons (New Orleans with Anthony Davis and Cleveland with Anthony Bennett) and teams have won the lottery from the third spot eight times in the past 17 years.
The Magic have won the NBA’s top overall pick three times in their 25-year history, ending up with franchise fixtures Shaquille O’Neal, Penny Hardaway and Dwight Howard.
Looking back on the 2013-14 season, we here at OrlandoMagic.com are going to spend the next three weeks breaking down each of the players currently on the Magic roster. We’ll look at their stats, highs and lows from the season, a favorite moment and analyze their role for the future.
So without further ado, here is today’s Magic player capsule:
NAME: E’Twaun Moore
JERSEY NUMBER: 55
HEIGHT, WEIGHT: 6-4, 191
POSITION: Point guard/shooting guard
NBA SEASONS: 3
2013-14 SEASON STATS: 79 games, 6.3 ppg., 1.7 rpg., 1.4 apg., 0.8 spg., 42.8 percent FG, 35.4 percent 3FG, 76.5 percent FT.
2013-14 SEASON HIGHS: 17 points (two times – most recent April 9 vs. Nets); 5 rebounds (three times – most recently March 19 at Suns); 5 assists (Nov. 26 at Hawks); 3 steals (Jan. 22 vs. Hawks); 2 blocks (Feb. 18 at Bucks); 34 minutes (Feb. 21 vs. Knicks).
BEST MOMENT: Moore showed off his ability to pile up points in a hurry late in the season when he scored 17 points in just 18 minutes in a home victory against the Brooklyn Nets. Moore made all six of his shots, including five 3-pointers, to gash the Nets. Following a 14-point burst in the first half, Moore drilled a transition 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter to lift the Magic to a nice late-season victory. HONORABLE MENTION: Playing in front of a half-dozen friends and family, the East Chicago, Ind., native scored 17 points in February in Milwaukee. He hit half of his 12 shots, drilled three 3-pointers, blocked two shots and had a key steal of Caron Butler down the stretch to give the Magic a shot to tie the game.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Moore, who bought his parents their first home earlier in the season, made 16 appearances in the Central Florida community this year. He conducted meet-and-greet events with children as part of the Magic Makers program during the season. And in February, Moore participated in the Basket for Books reading event with hundreds of local school children.
FUTURE ROLE WITH THE MAGIC: Magic coach Jacque Vaughn has been a champion for Moore because of the guard’s versatility, defensive mentality and shooting stroke from the outside. Vaughn likes that Moore can play two positions on offense and can guard three spots on defense. However, Moore’s future with the Magic could very well come down to the composition of the roster following the June 26 NBA Draft and the July free agency period. If the Magic use one of their two lottery selections on a shooting guard or a point guard it could make Moore expendable. Still, Moore is considered a valuable piece of the team and the odds are that he very well will be back in a Magic uniform next season.