Pre-Training Camp Player Power Rankings for Orlando Magic

Jordan RodewaldContributor IISeptember 12, 2013

Pre-Training Camp Player Power Rankings for Orlando Magic

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    The 2013-14 Orlando Magic roster is riddled with young talent looking to make major impressions and a solid core of veterans. It's a formula for success, but it also means determining pre-training camp rankings is a difficult task.

    Players like Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo bring experience and leadership to the floor, while youngsters such as Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris bring energy and athleticism.

    All of those traits are important in their own right, but which ones will win out and lead to a higher spot on the list?

    Organizing these rankings was done by looking looking at stats from last season and, where applicable, summer league, each player's future potential and the other previously mentioned qualities.


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    15. Hedo Turkoglu

    Since returning to Orlando during the 2010-11 season, Hedo Turkoglu has failed to give the team what he did during his first stint. Playing just 11 games in 2012-13 while averaging 2.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists on 26.4 percent shooting isn't going to cut it.

    At this point, with the team's many young talents, he provides little in the way of value and is set to make $12 million this year—$6 million of which is guaranteed.

    He's on the roster for now, but it would be surprising if he and the Magic didn't come to a buyout agreement in the near future.


    14. Ronnie Price

    The 30-year-old journeyman comes to the Magic after playing in 39 games for the Portland Trail Blazers last year. During that stint Price averaged 2.7 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists on just 32.5 percent shooting.

    Barring injuries to Jameer Nelson and E'Twaun Moore, Price probably won't see the floor very often. Essentially, he's an insurance option in case of an emergency.

    Look for Price's production and playing time to be eerily similar to Ishmael Smith's from last season.


    13. Doron Lamb

    In college, Doron Lamb could shoot the lights out as evidence by his sizzling 47.5 three-point percentage while at the University of Kentucky.

    After being selected 42nd overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in last summer's draft, though, he has yet to live up to his reputation as an elite shooter—granted he hasn't been given much opportunity either.

    But Lamb showed some promise in the Orlando Pro Summer League, playing in three games and scoring 11.3 points per game.

    More importantly, he found his shot, shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from three-point territory.

    He still needs to prove it during the regular season, but the potential for Lamb to become a poor man's J.J. Redick is starting to show.


    11. Romero Osby

    Orlando's second-round draft pick, Romero Osby, had solid success during his time at Oklahoma University. This summer, he built upon his collegiate experience in the Orlando Pro Summer League.

    In five games, Osby averaged 11.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 1.6 steals while connecting on 50 percent of the shots he took.

    While Jason Maxiell and Andrew Nicholson will start the year seeing most minutes off the bench at power forward or center, Osby can play his way onto the floor.

    If the youngster continues to build on his summer success, Maxiell may become an expendable piece at the trade deadline.


    11. Kyle O'Quinn

    Perhaps the player that Osby will be battling most for the limited available minutes is second-year player Kyle O'Quinn.

    Used sparingly a season ago, O'Quinn made the most of his minutes whenever he entered a game. His solid frame allowed him to battle in under the hoop, and he doesn't shy away from contact.

    He'll probably never be more than an extra body off the bench, but he showed some promise in the summer league by averaging 8.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks over the course of four games.

    If he can play like that in the regular season, he'll be the one grabbing more minutes from guys like Maxiell and Nicholson.

10. E'Twaun Moore

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    2012-13: 7.8 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 2.7 APG, 39.6 FG%, 34.0 3FG%

    Orlando Pro Summer League: N/A


    E'Twaun Moore was able to move into an expanded role during his second year in the league with the Orlando Magic and did a serviceable job.

    More often than not, Moore was utilized off the bench as a backup to Jameer Nelson but also played shooting guard when needed.

    While he doesn't do any one thing particularly well, he knows what his job is.

    A capable defender, Moore provides the team with energy off the bench and, though streaky, is a pretty good scorer who can connect from anywhere on the floor.

    If Nelson struggles through injuries again, Moore may end up being the starting point guard. 

9. Jason Maxiell

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    2012-13: 6.9 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 0.8 APG, 1.3 BPG, 44.6 FG%

    Orlando Pro Summer League: N/A


    Jason Maxiell is the definition of a role player, and he's been a good one throughout his career.

    What he lacks in height, he makes up for with his big upper body. This allows him to play a bit of center in addition to power forward because he's able to push bigger players off the block.

    In 2012-13, Maxiell averaged a career-high 1.3 blocks per game, making him a solid defensive threat off the bench.

    He's not much more than someone who will come in and give Nikola Vucevic a bit of a breather, but he's certainly someone who will do a good job of that.

8. Andrew Nicholson

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    2012-13: 7.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.4 BPG, 52.7 FG%

    Orlando Pro Summer League: 10.8 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.6 BPG, 46.3 FG%


    Forget demonstrating potential.

    At times during his rookie year, Andrew Nicholson looked like a veteran who had spent years working on his craft.

    With patience, poise and tremendous footwork, the 23-year-old from St. Bonaventure University used finesse to put together a solid first year.

    Given sporadic playing time, Nicholson never really got into a consistent rhythm, though.

    With all the talent on Orlando's roster, it's difficult to see Nicholson being anything other than a backup power forward at the moment. 

    That's not a knock, though.

    With his cool demeanor and abundance of post moves, Nicholson possesses the skills necessary for longevity.

7. Glen Davis

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    2012-13: 15.1 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.6 BPG, 44.8 FG%

    Orlando Pro Summer League: N/A


    Despite being injured for all but 34 games, Glen "Big Baby" Davis posted career highs across the board in 2012-13 and was one of the team's top scoring options.

    With unmatched energy, Davis fought hard down low for rebounds and second-chance points while motivating teammates with his exuberant attitude.

    But while the numbers looked solid for a player getting his first real shot at being a primary weapon, expectations for him moving forward should be tempered.

    With a field-goal percentage of 44.8, Davis is far from efficient. Not only that, but his shot selection is questionable at best.

    Last season he attempted 329 shots from three feet to behind the three-point line and converted just 116 of them. When you convert that to a percentage, it comes out to a paltry 35.2.

    Even with all his leadership qualities, Davis' potential is limited and with young talent fighting for minutes, he could be traded by the deadline.

6. Maurice Harkless

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    2012-13: 8.2 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 0.7 APG, 1.2 SPG, 46.1 FG%, 27.4 3FG%

    Orlando Pro Summer League: 13.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.5 SPG, 48.6 FG%, 16.7 3FG%


    Maurice Harkless showed signs of potential all year, but it wasn't until the final stretch that his full potential started to showcase itself.

    In the 37 games he played from February to the end of the regular season, Harkless averaged 12.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.6 steals on 44.5 percent shooting from the field.

    While some of the production increase can be attributed to more minutes, it was clear that he also became much more comfortable on the court. Instead of being timid with the ball, he was much more willing to attack the basket and look for his own offense.

    Harkless is an excellent athlete, but still raw in terms of his basketball skills and needs to put in a lot of work on the offensive end. That might be a slight negative now, but it looks as though he's willing to put in the work.

    With a calm demeanor and smart playmaking ability—he doesn't turn it over much—Harkless has the potential to be a very good shooting guard.


5. Arron Afflalo

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    2012-13: 16.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 3.2 APG, 43.9 FG%, 30.0 3FG%

    Orlando Pro Summer League: N/A


    Coming off a great season for the Denver Nuggets in 2011-12, expectations for Arron Afflalo's first season in Orlando were quite high.

    And while he didn't quite live up to them, he still put together a respectable season.

    The 27-year-old shooting guard averaged a career high in points and assists while rebounding at the same rate he had been for the past few years.

    One area in which Afflalo struggled was shooting the ball, which really was the only thing holding him back from being a legitimate go-to scorer.

    If he can improve on the 43.9 field-goal percentage and his 30.0 percent shooting from three-point range, he'll become a very valuable asset.

    Not only that, but Afflalo is a solid defender who brings a veteran presence and fiery competitiveness to the floor each game.



4. Jameer Nelson

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    2012-13: 14.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 7.4 APG, 1.3 SPG, 39.2 FG%, 34.1 3FG%

    Orlando Pro Summer League: N/A


    If there were people who thought Jameer Nelson's days of being a productive point guard were long gone, he proved them wrong in 2012-13.

    Nelson's scoring average was at its best since 2008-09, and his 7.4 assists per game was the highest number of his career. Had it not been for his worst season shooting the ball as a pro, his scoring might have been even higher.

    Averaging a career-high 35.3 minutes, Nelson appeared fresh aside from a knee injury, per the Orlando Sentinel, that forced him to miss 16 games.

    Assuming he can shoot the ball more efficiently in 2013-14, there's no reason to believe he can't surpass the numbers he posted last season.

    Additionally, Nelson's strong leadership qualities will be crucial in mentoring Orlando's plethora of young talent.

3. Victor Oladipo

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    2012-13 (at Indiana University): 13.6 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2.1 APG, 2.2 SPG, 59.9 FG%, 44.1 3FG%

    Orlando Pro Summer League: 19.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 5.0 APG, 3.0 SPG, 37.5 FG%, 53.8 3FG%


    Entering his rookie season, Victor Oladipo carries the high expectations of being a No. 2 overall pick with him.

    With an excellent showing in the Orlando Pro Summer League, though, those expectations seem to be well within his grasp.

    Oladipo possesses a unique skill set that allows him to do a lot of things really well. He can score, distribute, rebound and play defense at an extremely high level.

    Truthfully, his diverse range of skills have start potential written all over them. With dedication and hard work, there's no reason why he can't live up to the lofty expectations.

    Aside from the obvious physical strengths, Oladipo always seems to be smiling and brings a positive vibe to the floor with him. This puts him in position to be the team's leader in short time.


2. Nikola Vucevic

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    2012-13: 13.1 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.0 BPG, 51.9 FG%

    Orlando Pro Summer League: N/A


    Following the Dwight Howard trade, it appeared as though the center position for the Magic would be a black hole for quite some time.

    Enter Nikola Vucevic.

    The 22-year-old big man immediately made an impact on the offensive end and certainly wasn't a slouch on the glass.

    While he still has plenty of room for improvement—especially on defense—he has the potential to blossom into one of the NBA's elite centers. His soft touch around the rim and ability to knock down the occasional mid-range jumper give him a well-rounded game.

    Additionally, Vucevic's demeanor never seems to change, and he always seems in control of his emotions. The benefits of keeping a cool head are crucial, especially when the team's previous center seemed bothered by the most minute things.


1. Tobias Harris

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    2012-13 (with Magic): 17.3 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.4 BPG, 45.3 FG%

    Orlando Pro Summer League: N/A


    In the 27 games he played for Orlando last season, Tobias Harris made such an incredible impression that he finds himself topping these rankings.

    After coming to the Magic from the Milwaukee Bucks at the trade deadline, Harris almost immediately showcased his versatile skill set.

    With an excellent 6'8", 226-pound frame, solid ball-handling skills, the ability to rebound at a high rate and elite athleticism, Harris figures to be one of Orlando's most important players in 2013-14. 

    Not only that, but he has the potential to become the franchise centerpiece.

    With the numbers, potential and other traits—such as his seemingly endless energy—Harris, even in a short amount of time, has earned himself the No. 1 spot heading into training camp.