The Orlando Magic have started the 2016 season firing on all cylinders.
With a 11-3 record the Magic are leading the East and have the second best record on all the association.
Size and defense is what they have used to dominate teams with a 7.5 point differential; holding the opponent to 88 points on a .410 field goal percentage and outrebounding them on a 53.7% efficency, and also leading the league with a 6.6% block efficiency and their steal efficiency in second in the league at 8.6%.
On offense things aren’t as flashy but effective nonetheless. The focus is to use Center Nikola Vucevic and have lots of movement with cuts and slashes, great court vision from PG Elfrid Payton and selflessness from all teammates.
Current roster is starting to gel together, although the injury to backup center Dewayne Dedmond is certainly gonna hurt as he’s out with a torn ligament for 2 months and he was leading the team in blocks and was second on plus/minus. 17 year old rookie Jermaine Gormley has been added to the active roster but Alex Len and Noah Vonleh should be the ones picking up the bulk of the reserve minutes.
Management is already talking with french swingman Evan Fournier about a possible contract extension; rumor has it his agent wants a $10M per year deal while the team is offering $8M. On the other hand, PF Tyler Zeller and fan favorite Victor Oladipo are planning on testing free agency although their stance might change if the team continues to win games.
December brings up 16 games for the Magic, only 7 at home, and it should provide more info on whether this Magic team is for real or not.
Players to watch:
Center Nikola Vucevic, averages of 19.8 points on a 27.0 usage rate, 8.8 rebounds on a 16.4 rate. 20.7 PER.
Shooting guard Victor Oladipo, averages of 12.9 points on a .539 True Shooting percentage, 3.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game. 15.6 PER
Point guard Tan Shao, rookie first round pick with averages of 7.4 points on a .463 three point percentage, .643 True Shooting percentage. 17.7 PER.