Denton: Vaughn Has Many Offensive Options


Oladipo said some added work of late with Laron Profit, one of Orlando’s assistant coaches for player development, has helped to build confidence in his jump shot from long-range.

``I credit Laron for (the improvement) and a lot of the coaching staff has me watching film. And there was a little something that I had to do for me to feel better about my shot, and I’ve just got to be consistent with it,’’ Oladipo said. ``From watching the film, I wasn’t jumping the same way when I work on my shot and when I shoot it in the game. So in the past workouts, I’ve put an emphasis on shooting `game’ shots and jumping as high as I do in games. It’s paid off for me in these past couple of games.’’

As for Harris, he played almost 15 minutes on Friday and the Magic were leery of giving him too much too soon. He injured the ligaments that connect to the tibia and fibula just above the ankle two months ago and he proceeded to miss the next five weeks. He returned three weeks ago, but felt more pain in his one game against the Phoenix Suns and needed more time on the sideline.

The Magic are especially eager to get Harris back into the fold because of his ability to put up big numbers from either forward spot. He averaged 17.3 points and 9.5 rebounds last season over the final 27 games, and was hoping to use this season as a breakout year in terms of overall production. Vaughn still thinks that’s possible for the 6-foot-9 forward, but it might come back to him slowly.


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