What The Orlando Magic Can Do To Win An NBA Championship
Ever since the Orlando Magic reached the NBA Finals in 2009 and feel to the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 1, they've been looking for a way to get back. During the summer of 2010, they went out and signed Quentin Richardson, though Richardson is a great player, he is not the answer. Here in this slideshow are little moves the Magic should make to become even more stronger than they already are so that the next time they reach the NBA Finals, they can hang an NBA championship banner instead of an Eastern Conference Championship Banner.
1)Let Vince Carter Be Your Ballhandler and Playmaker
Essentially, what I'm proposing here is a switch, let Vince Carter control the ball and be a distributor and let Jameer Nelson be a spot-up shooter/scorer from anywhere on the floor. Vince Carter is an underrated playmaker and passer and he can create for other teammates, most importantly Dwight Howard, better than Jameer Nelson can.
2)Get A Playmaker Coming Off The Bench
When Vince Carter goes to the bench, there's nobody on the floor that can create a shot for themselves or anyone else, players that come off the bench and are a spark by scoring and distributing(Jamal Crawford) are a must for the Magic to have crisp, fluid ball movement at all times in the game.
3)Start Brandon Bass At The 4
When Howard's on the floor, he's pretty much the only one rebounding, Rashard Lewis is a perimeter player and doesn't really contribute on the boards at all. By starting Bass at the 4, you get a real power forward who can rebound, post, stretch the defense to mid-range and even block a few shots. As for Rashard Lewis.......................
4)Move Rashard Lewis To The 3
With Brandon Bass starting at the 4, Rashard Lewis can move up and play the position that he is meant to play:Small Forward. With the 6'10 Rashard Lewis starting at the 3, the Magic will have a big frontcourt and cause many mismatches, other SF's such as Paul Pierce and Ron Artest will find it hard to defend Lewis because of his height advantage and he'll be able to post almost any other SF in the league.
5)Add More Toughness To The Team
If the Magic want to be successful and be a championship team, they need more players with a nasty disposition, they need to be more of an edgier and more physical team. Last year, the Magic had Matt Barnes, he brought an edge and mental toughness to the team that no one else had. Players like Barnes and James Posey who are tough, physical, and have a lot of intangibles are necessary for a team to go far, they are the players willing to accept a lesser role and do all the dirty work on the defensive end of the floor, their toughness will spread passion, will, hard work and determination and before you know it, desire will be contagious in the locker room.