Denton: Magic Add Backcourt Depth, Sign Moore
By John Denton
September 6, 2012
ORLANDO -- Shooting guard E’Twaun Moore, whose finest game in the NBA came last January in Orlando, has signed a contract to play for the Magic.
Moore put on a shooting show last January in Boston’s come-from-behind defeat of the Magic as he made five of six shots and all four of his 3-point shots. Of Moore’s career-best 16 points that night, 14 came in the second half as the Celtics wiped out a 27-point deficit and won 91-83.
The addition of Moore brings the Magic’s roster to 17 players. Orlando has two point guards (Jameer Nelson and Ish Smith), seven wing players (Arron Afflalo, J.J. Redick, Hedo Turkoglu, Quentin Richardson, Moe Harkless, Christian Eyenga and Moore), five power forwards (Al Harrington, Josh McRoberts, Andrew Nicholson, Justin Harper and Gustavo Ayon) and three post players (Glen ``Big Baby’’ Davis, Nikola Vucevic and Kyle O’Quinn).
The Magic open training camp on Oct. 1 at Orlando’s Amway Center. They open the preseason against the New Orleans Hornets in Mexico City on Oct. 7 and play their first preseason home game on Oct. 11 against the new-look Philadelphia 76ers. The Magic also open the regular season at home, hosting the Denver Nuggets on Nov. 2.
Moore, a 6-foot-4, 191-pound wing player, is expected to compete with Afflalo and Redick for minutes at the shooting guard position. Moore is also thought to be an exceptional defender and was used to defend Miami superstar guard Dwyane Wade when the Celtics faced the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals last spring.
Moore, a second-round pick by Boston in 2011, appeared in 38 regular-season games and nine playoff games last season with the Celtics. He averaged 2.9 points in 8.7 minutes a game, while also shooting 38.1 percent from the floor and 37.8 percent from the 3-point line.
Moore made at least two 3-pointers in three games last season, including the career-best night last January against the Magic. The Purdue product averaged 18 points a game as a senior and led the team in scoring three times. He was the first Purdue freshman ever to lead the team in scoring and he became the first Purdue player in 20 years to lead the team in scoring and assists during his junior season.
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