|2009-10 Team Rating|
|2nd Overall||2nd Overall|
2009-10 Season Stats
Quentin Richardson brings 3-point shooting and a tough defensive 'tude. He replaces Matt Barnes, who brought the same thing. Daniel Orton is raw but may be a steal.
There were rumors, perhaps unfounded, that the Magic were close to swapping for Chris Paul. Wrong Chris. They got Duhon. Big difference. Oh, and J.J. Redick is back.
Richardson will accept the responsibility of guarding the other team's hot hand, but at age 30, can he still keep up? Duhon might help.
Other than Duhon, Orlando won't feature any impact new faces on the bench. The upgrade must come from the holdovers. Not sure why they chose to bring back Jason Williams, last seen being out-hustled by Rajon Rondo.
Stan Van Gundy did a very good job preparing the Magic against the Celtics in the East finals; now he must turn his attention to the south, where the threat in Miami is very real.
The Magic did their heavy lifting the previous summer, when they got Vince Carter, Brandon Bass and Ryan Anderson. But only Carter was heavy in the rotation, and he began to slip in the playoffs. This summer was about continuity, and besides, the Magic didn't have a high pick or money to spend.
They did, however, the right thing by matching the Bulls' offer for Redick. He might be ready to bust out and snatch the job from Carter, whose contract is up next summer.
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||D+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||C|
|Los Angeles Lakers||A|
|New Jersey Nets||B|
|New Orleans Hornets||C|
|New York Knicks||B|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B|
|San Antonio Spurs||B+|