Orlando Magic Sign Free-Agent Guard E'Twaun Moore
In reading that, Moore’s name isn’t one that jumps out of the page at you. But maybe there is some upside to the deal.
First, it starts as a numbers game.
Before bringing in Moore, the Magic have 16 players listed on its roster. Only four of those players—Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo, J.J. Redick and Ish Smith—are guards. The team could use some extra depth at either of the guard positions.
Since college, Moore’s played mostly as a 2-guard, but he did spend some time in blowouts with the Boston Celtics last year playing a little bit of point guard. The Magic will give him a shot at playing both positions, and his flexibility coming off the bench will help his case.
Also, Moore is only 23 years old and has been in the league for only one season. He’s a young player that still has time to develop. He didn’t see many minutes with the Celtics in his rookie season, but the 2012-13 Magic season will likely be a league-wide tryout for a lot of guys to see if they can play in the NBA.
What may be hidden behind Moore’s 8.7 minutes per game and 2.9 points per game as a rookie and what his second-round draft pick status may suggest is that Moore was a pretty accomplished college player at a pretty big basketball school.
Moore was a four-year player at Purdue University. There he became the school’s third-highest scorer (2,136) and finished first in three-pointers made (243), games (140), games started (137), minutes played (4,517) and wins (107). He led the Boilermakers in scoring his first three years on the team and was an AP honorable mention All-American.
In the summer league in July, Moore led the Boston Celtics squad in points per game.
He wasn’t a high pick or expected to do much for Boston last year, but people have started to wonder how high his ceiling is.
Moore can shoot the ball—something Orlando teams in recent years loved to do—and in college he was able to score in a variety of ways and spots on the floor. But in an article for ESPN Boston, Chris Forsberg wrote that Moore was fearless and “unflappable,” a trait that endeared him to the Boston front office.
The Orlando Magic will be a proving ground for young players this season. And with what Moore did this summer as well as his college resume, he does seem like a good player to give a bigger opportunity to and take a chance on.
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