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Orlando Magic Stock Watch: Risers and Fallers at Season's Halfway Point

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Orlando Magic Stock Watch: Risers and Fallers at Season's Halfway Point
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Tyson Chandler defending Orlando's bright young center Vucevic

It seems that for every player that is exceeding expectations, the Orlando Magic have an athlete doing the exact opposite, failing to live up to the hype.

Their mediocre 13-23 record is a testament to the inconsistent play of their rotation. After all, the Orlando Magic narrowly beat the dominant Los Angeles Clippers, 104-101, arguably their best win of the season.

Coming into the season, Jacque Vaughn and the franchise needed other players to fill the production left by their former All-NBA center, Dwight Howard. Well, the players that have decided to rise to the occasion are not the ones who were probably expected by management to carry the heavy load.

Due to a series of injuries and the ineffectiveness of a few veterans, a few prospects have managed to carve a nice role in Vaughn's game plan, and those young guns have absolutely repaid their coach with solid play.

With the NBA playoffs probably out of reach, this season's sole purpose is player development and analyzing the current roster.

*All stats and records are accurate as of January 12, 2013.

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