Denton: Vaughn Has Many Offensive Options


By John Denton
Dec. 14, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – With the Orlando Magic whole for the first time all season, head coach Jacque Vaughn has more weapons at his disposal when it comes to calling plays and diagramming late-game scenarios.

In Nikola Vucevic and Glen Davis, Vaughn can call up sets where the ball is designed to go inside for rugged post-up shots. In Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson, Vaughn has two veteran ball-handlers capable of taking big shots or facilitating them for others.

Or he could turn to the returning Tobias Harris, a proven scorer who twice pumped in 30 points in a game last season. Andrew Nicholson is also an interesting option because he can score from either the block or the 3-point line. And then there’s always the one-on-one brilliance of rookie guard Victor Oladipo, who has shown an ability to get into the lane when he wants and the fearlessness to finish once there.

There are plenty of options, indeed, for Vaughn. All of those became available this week when Harris returned from a high ankle sprain, Vucevic rebounded from a turned ankle and Davis revved into high gear following the two foot surgeries that shelved him for 10 months.

Because Vaughn is suddenly flush with so many options, where he goes with the direction of the offense could change from night to night in the coming weeks for the Magic (7-16), who play in Oklahoma City against the Thunder (18-4) Sunday night at 7 p.m. ET.

``Overall, I’ve always talked about not knowing how many shots a guy will have going into a game,’’ said Vaughn, who prefers that the flow of the game dictate the Magic offense. ``But we have a system in place where we trust the players and we trust their judgment about the shots that they are going to take. I think you grow together by having an approach built around trust.’’


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