Denton's Analysis: Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said he has purposefully mixed and matched Orlando’s starting groups in an attempt to get an early gauge on which ones play the best together. And because the Magic have so many versatile players, Vaughn should have the flexibility to feature big lineups, small-ball lineups and groupings that can push the tempo.
The media have yet to see much scrimmaging throughout training camp, but the likelihood of a starting five that includes point guard Jameer Nelson, shooting guard Arron Afflalo, small forward Maurice Harkless, power forward Tobias Harris and center Nikola Vucevic seems most likely. Vaughn said this week that Afflalo has been the best player in camp so far, and several Magic players have gushed about the way that Nelson has run the offense with his veteran leadership.
Curiously, Nelson, Afflalo and Oladipo haven’t worked much together in three-guard sets yet. While Oladipo isn’t expected to start right away, don’t be surprised if he doesn’t play starters minutes while splitting time at shooting guard and point guard.
As for the how long the veterans will play on Wednesday, Vaughn said: ``The first game I mapped out, I won’t play the guys too many minutes – pretty much what I did last year. If they play half of the game, that probably will be the most minutes.’’