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Orlando

Magic

Southeast

2010-11 Team Rating
OffenseDefense
99.594.3
14th Overall6th Overall
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Stats through Jan. 15

W

26

L

14

PCT

.650

GB

3

CONF

17-6

DIV

5-3

HOME

15-5

ROAD

11-9

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Category

Grade
FrnCourt
He still doesn't have a money move but this is Dwight Howard's best offensive year yet, at 21 points, almost 5 above his career average. Hedo Turkoglu is playing like he never left Orlando. He's rejuvenated and happy again.

B+

BckCourt
Jameer Nelson may have his flaws but is largely underrated; his toughness shouldn't be taken for granted. There aren't many better point guards from 3-point range, either (41 percent). Jason Richardson will take the last shot if asked.

B

Defense
Everyone buys into the system, which allows the Magic to cover the floor and keep the other team from loading up. It helps that Howard is a beast on the boards and bails out his teammates.

A-

Bench
Can Gilbert Arenas coexist in a new if slightly reduced role? J.J. Redick brings more 3-point production for Orlando but Marcin Gortat, sacrificed in the big deal, may be missed.

B

Coaching
Stan Van Gundy is doing a marvelous job on the fly with a team that went through major changes in just six weeks. Roles are being given and accepted, and the team is buying into defense.

B+

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B+

Summary

The Magic might make a serious run at holding the best record in the East by the All-Star break. Not many teams can make major changes and show few signs of adjustment problems, which have largely eluded the Magic, who turned their season around after losing 8 of 9.

Everything revolves around Dwight Howard, of course, but the new pieces seem to compliment him well. Come playoff time, somebody other than Howard will need to step up.

-- Shaun Powell

Explanation of Marking System

  • A - Superior
  • B - Above Average
  • C - Average
  • D - Below Average
  • F - Failing
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