3 Reasons Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson Will Never Shake out of His Funk

Matt PasterCorrespondent IFebruary 1, 2012

3 Reasons Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson Will Never Shake out of His Funk

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    The Orlando Magic are in complete disarray due to the Dwight Howard circus.

    The team is affected by his request to play with better players. No one has taken Superman’s desire to fly elsewhere to heart more than Jameer Nelson.

    Nelson's season numbers are down in almost every statistical category. His 7.8 points per game are atrocious, considering he’s a shoot-first point guard, and the points are not even what scares me the most about his production.

    Nelson has never been a master ball-distributor, and that's not exactly job security for a slumping point guard.

    He is most definitely in decline, and here are three reasons why he may never shake out of his funk.


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    Nelson is averaging 3.1 giveaways per 36 minutes this year and has been in steady decline since the 2008-09 season, where he averaged 2.3 per game.

    He had five turnovers in the historically embarrassing 56-87 loss to the Celtics and has made turnovers in crucial parts of the game throughout the season.

    A point guard's most valuable asset is his ball-handling skills, and he's clearly not handling the rock with much efficiency.

    I don't expect Jameer to be someone he's not, however, he needs to cut down on the turnovers and handle the ball more efficiently, especially at critical times in the game.

Dwight Howard

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    Nelson has been abysmal this season and has admittedly said that the Dwight Howard trade situation has affected his play.

    His best friend off the court, Dwight Howard, has ruined his confidence by saying he would rather play with Chris Paul or Deron Williams.

    Nelson is, like other Magic players, a product of Dwight Howard's presence. 

    Averaging 4.9 assists per game for his career, Nelson is sure to decline even more when he can't throw two to three alley-oops to Howard any longer.

    His deficiencies as a ball-distributor will become even more glaring when Superman takes flight.


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    With the exception of Steve Nash, point guard skills begin to decline when players hit the age of 30.

    Jameer Nelson will be 30 this month, and already showing signs of decline, his skills will most certainly continue to diminish.

    Point guards Dee Brown, Mugsy BoguesSpud Webb and Nick Van Exel had similar stats  and skill sets to Nelson in their 20s but severely declined after the age of 30.

    At the age of 31, Dee Brown averaged 6.9 points and 2.3 assists and retired at 33 years old.

    At 31, Mugsy Bogues averaged 5.7 points and 5.4 assists and retired at 36.

    The 31-year-old Nick Van Exel averaged 12.5 and 4.3 assists per game and retired at 34.

    Spud Webb averaged 7.1 points and 3.8 assists at the age of 32 and retired at 34.

    Nelson's drop off in skills is alarming, and unfortunately, it appears that his career is on the downslide.