The Clippers greatly upgraded their talent base in the offseason by actually trading for head coach Doc Rivers and shooting guards J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley. Redick, who spent the first seven years of his career in Orlando before being traded to Milwaukee last February, had another dazzling game on Tuesday by needing just 15 shots to score 26 points in 28 minutes.
Orlando has gone about rebuilding its roster in a polar-opposite manner of the free-spending Clippers. Not long after hiring GM Rob Hennigan and head coach Jacque Vaughn, the franchise turned its attention to player development. The Magic know full well that their ability to get back into championship contention in the coming years will hinge about the ability of their young players to grow organically and mature at a rapid rate.
Following last season, Vaughn stressed to his that a big part of being a professional was working throughout the offseason to get better. He said on Tuesday that all of the credit for the individual growth should go to the players who put in the sweat equity over the summer to grow their games.
``The guys should take pride in the fact that this is what they do for a living and you want to maximize your abilities, and for the most part it’s been great that they have put the work in,’’ Vaughn said. ``We’re seeing those results now.’’
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