Orlando Magic: New Philosophy Working, Yet Inconsistent
This season has been a bumpy ride for the pride of Orlando, the Magic. Through close loss to major self-destruction, there are many things that they need to work on. This slide show will break down certain coaches/players and what they are doing great at, as well as what they need to work on. These things do not take a player themselves to notice. Let's begin:
Stan Van Gundy
Upside: Has been aggressively defending his players all year and seems to still have that winning fire to his coaching style.
-Let his athletes redefine who he was when he got the Heat and Magic all the way up to The Finals: A gritty, unsatisfied, and grumpy man.
-Became "Jolly-Old" Stan. This isn't who got us to The Finals last year, and the "true" fans of the franchise want Stan Van "Grumpy" back, to stay!
-This team has so much depth and talent that there is no way that Brandon Bass, and our bench should not be in the game more often. I say this as a spectator but when he's on the court, I always see Bass skying for a rebound. His stats could be huge if we could start him a little bit over Barnes this season.
-Brandon Bass and Marcin Gortat are not turnover prone and aren't playing enough! Get him in there!
-More playing time for Anthony Johnson would be nice if Jameer can't play. He's a little taller than our other PGs and could really play well if given more minutes.
Ups: While he has been in somewhat of a funk of late, Carter is not the only superstar in the league that is fading and cooled off of late. His voice in the huddle is still the biggest asset to our team's well being.
-He's nonexistent in the offense and appears to be losing his touch.
-The only thing that the Magic have him on the floor for is late game play calling and veteran experience.
Solution(s) for VC:
-Swing the ball around instead of shooting all the time.
-Offer to facilitate passes more often, as this is when Vince is at his best.
-Get your feet set before shooting, if not open, just pass it away (Fans dont mind passing up open shots, that's better than hearing the rim clunk all night.)
-Has been more aggressive on the offensive end of late.
-Defense is picking up to sometimes OVERLY-aggressive behavior while picking up goal tending, but the aggression has led to many more blocks per game, up to 3-5 a game.
-Is supposedly "working" on his FTs but isn't hitting enough in games to say this.
-Picks up silly technicals once in a while that occur in the first half when it doesn't really matter.
-Picking up too many fouls prior to this 3 game win streak that featured frequent fouling out.
Solution: Be carfeul with what you do on offense and try to stay outta foul trouble.