Power Ranking Every Key Orlando Magic Player Before Season's End
This season hasn’t been the best for Orlando but a few guys have quietly had productive seasons. Some of its guys have been solid starters with good numbers and others have settled into spots as role players.
In these rankings, I will list the top 10 players for Orlando this season. Some of the factors looked at when ranking were general stats, games played and how well the player has done recently.
10. Doron Lamb
Doron Lamb has seen some minutes this season; he averages 11.0 minutes per game. With Arron Afflalo, Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris playing well, Lamb has struggled to see significant playing time.
He is averaging 2.9 points per game and 1.7 points per game in March.
9. Andrew Nicholson
Andrew Nicholson averages slightly more minutes per game than Lamb at 15.2, but his points per game total is almost three points higher.
He has appeared in 64 games this season for the Magic, and he is averaging 4.8 points per game in March.
He has been more efficient than Lamb, but he is ranked below Kyle O’Quinn because of recent statistics.
8. Kyle O'Quinn
This month, O’Quinn has played better than any other month. He averages 5.3 points per game for the season but in March that number is 9.0 points per game.
Since the departure of Glen Davis, O’Quinn has seen his playing time rise. In February, his minutes per game stood at 18.8 but in March he is averaging 22.0 minutes per game.
7. E'Twaun Moore
As the season comes closer to an end, Orlando has realized the season is pretty much in the books. Therefore, some players like E’Twaun Moore have been on the receiving end of more minutes.
He averaged 18.1 minutes per game in February but in March that number went up to 23.4.
Moore is averaging 6.3 points per game this season, including 7.6 points per game this month.
6. Maurice Harkless
Maurice Harkless has been another recipient of increased playing time, with an average of 10 more minutes per game than last month.
The numbers are showing for Harkless too. He is averaging 9.6 points per game in March, compared to his 7.1 on the season.
Harkless has done well for Orlando when called upon. He has played in 67 games this season and 28 of those have been starts. He finds himself around the middle of this list because it fits him. He isn’t a guy that’s going to blow you away with scoring, but he is a solid role player.
5. Jameer Nelson
Jameer Nelson is the veteran leader of this team, and he is a very important part of this Magic squad.
He finds himself at No.5 on the list because of his recent statistics. He is scoring less the last couple of months than he has all season. In December and January he was around 14 points per game for those months, but February saw him net 8.1 points per game for the month.
He is averaging 12.2 points this season and his 6.9 assists per game leads the team.
Nelson cannot be measured solely on numbers though. He is still in the top five because of his leadership and what he means to the team.
4. Nik Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic has done well all season, but he has been playing his best basketball the last couple of months. He is a solid rebounder and can score as well, averaging 14.0 points and 10.8 rebounds per game on the season.
Over the last 10 games, Vucevic is averaging 15.4 points per game and in nine games this month Vucevic has recorded six double-doubles.
He is a solid player down low, and he can consistently rebound and grind out double-doubles. He isn’t just a big body to rebound in the post though; he is third on the team in scoring behind Harris and Afflalo.
3. Victor Oladipo
Oladipo has been a pleasant surprise for Orlando this season, and he finds himself in contention for the Rookie of the Year award.
In 67 games this season, he is averaging 13.8 points and 4.1 assists per game.
He comes in at No. 3 on this list ahead of Vucevic simply because of defense. While Vucevic is effective in the paint and a solid rebounder, Oladipo’s perimeter defense gives him the nod here. He leads the Magic in steals, averaging 1.6 per game.
Oladipo has done well on the offensive side of the ball as well, and it should be exciting to watch him continue to develop next year.
2. Tobias Harris
Nobody is playing better basketball right now for Orlando than Harris, and it’s why he checks in at No. 2 on the list.
On the season, Harris is averaging 15.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Wednesday night against Phoenix, he put up 23 points and nine rebounds.
He comes in higher than Oladipo on the list because of scoring. He has scored double-digit point totals in 18 straight games and is averaging 18.2 points per game in March.
Harris has played in only 48 games because he didn’t play much in November, but he has done the most with his opportunity to shine. He is second on the team in scoring behind Afflalo.
1. Arron Afflalo
Afflalo is No. 1 on this list, because he has been the best player for Orlando all season long. He has consistently scored all season and has had some big games.
On the season, Afflalo is averaging 19.3 points and 3.5 assists per game.
Afflalo isn’t at the top of this list because of recent success or big scoring numbers lately. He tops the rankings because of his consistency all season long.