Cohen 8-Ball: Projecting Stats for 2013-14 Season
August 5, 2013
Josh Cohen’s Analysis: These would be impressive stats for a rookie, especially if he doesn’t start most of the year. His numbers may also fluctuate depending on which guard position he generally plays.
It’s also likely that Oladipo’s overall numbers will be deflated somewhat because he will not be expected to carry the Magic in any particular category. Sure, if he was handed the keys like Damian Lillard was last year in Portland, it’s certainly within Oladipo’s capacity to rack up substantial statistics.
However, the Magic are not relying on Oladipo or any one specific player to light up the box score on any given night.
Cohen’s Analysis: It’s remarkable how significant the jump was for Harris after joining the Magic last February. Barely on the radar in Milwaukee and basically unnoticed, Harris transformed into a legit All-Star caliber performer over a two-month span in Orlando.
If you had to forecast who will lead the Magic in scoring this upcoming season Harris would probably pop into most people’s minds as the popular pick.
Considering how much time he is spending in the gym this summer working diligently on his overall repertoire, there is no reason why Harris’ statistics won’t improve even more.
Cohen’s Analysis: Vucevic has already set the bar high rebounding wise. He also has proven to be a quality pick-and-pop scorer because of his proficient jump shot.
It’s very possible that aside from some added post moves and enhanced touch around the basket, Vucevic’s offensive arsenal won’t be drastically different from last season.
His improvements next season will mostly be evaluated based on presentation rather than tangible numbers. Vucevic must develop more strength to evolve into a reliable defender and expand his reputation as an intimidator in the paint.
Cohen’s Analysis: It obviously took half a season for Harkless to find a rhythm and become somewhat comfortable dealing with the grueling competition and rigorous NBA schedule. Passive and timorous early, Harkless became more assertive towards the end of last season.
It wouldn’t surprise me if Harkless’ statistics jumped the most relative to his teammates. He has been spending countless hours this offseason repairing his jump shot and, as demonstrated during Summer League, is becoming far more aggressive in his approach on both ends of the floor.
Cohen’s Analysis: Much will depend on Glen Davis’ health, Tobias Harris’ adaptability and Jason Maxiell’s immediate contributions. Nicholson, who already has terrific footwork and finesse down low and a feathery jump shot, is more of a bystander right now as some of his teammates continue to transition.
If Big Baby’s foot is not healed by the start of the season, if Harris proves to be more reliable at the small forward position and if Maxiell doesn’t adjust right away to his new surroundings than Drew may end up with far more opportunity to step in and play big minutes.
Cohen’s Analysis: Afflalo has progressed every year and his statistics clearly prove that. Prior to his hamstring injury late last season, Afflalo had arguably evolved into one of the top shooting guards in the NBA.
If Victor Oladipo spends the majoring of his minutes at point guard and if Maurice Harkless doesn’t become a two-guard experiment, than Afflalo’s value and production will grow even more.
Remember, for most of last season, Arron shared minutes with J.J. Redick. Now, there is more ambiguity who will play behind (or ahead) of him at that position.
Cohen’s Analysis: Injuries have always been Nelson’s chief antagonist. Yet despite often being banged up, he is always steadfast and resolute.
With E’Twaun Moore returning, Ronnie Price added and with vagueness about Victor Oladipo’s primary position, it’s possible for Nelson to share some of the spotlight this season at the point guard spot.
Nevertheless, Nelson will obviously provide supreme leadership, professionalism and accountability like he always has during his outstanding career.
Cohen’s Analysis: It was unfortunate last season when a shoulder injury preceded a broken foot and wiped out a blossoming year for Big Baby.
It’s been a while since Davis has played full contact basketball and it remains ambiguous if he will be ready for the start of the season. He had a second foot procedure earlier this summer to replace a screw that was inserted during his first surgery.
But as shown in the past, Glen is a warrior and the type of competitor that will never surrender and always give 100 percent to help his team win.