|2010-11 Team Rating|
|14th Overall||6th Overall|
Stats through Jan. 15
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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