Posted on: September 18, 2010 11:46 am

Orlando Magic 2010-11 Season Preview

Orlando Magic

Last Season Record- 59-23 (.720) 2nd in East

2010-11 Season Record Prediction- 57-25 (.695) 2nd in East

Team Strengths 

The Magic enter the upcoming season with minimal tweaks to their roster. The additions of point-guard Chris Duhon and shooting-guard Quentin Richardson, along with role players such as J.J. Reddick, Marcin Gortat, Ryan Anderson, Brandon Bass, and Mickael Pietrus make Orlando one of the deepest teams in the league, if not the deepest.

While head coach Stan Van Gundy has yet to declare it, the Magic could be switching sharp-shooter Rashard Lewis over to his natural small-forward position, creating an opportunity for Brandon Bass to start at the four spot.

Last season Bass averaged just under 10 PPG and 3.2 RPG in 23 minutes per contest during the first nine games of the year (when Lewis was suspended).

With Bass and Dwight Howard dominating the paint and the leagues biggest three-point shooting threats surrounding the arc, the Magic will be in for another solid season.

Team Weaknesses

Vince Carter was expected to lead Orlando back to the NBA Finals last season after being acquired during the offseason.

Carter, 33, had one of his worst seasons in his career, shooting just 42.8 percent from the field and averaging only 16.6 PPG (career-low).

In addition, Rashard Lewis posted just 14.1 PPG (lowest since his sophomore season).

Without Hedo Turkoglu around to create mismatches at the top of the key and to distribute the ball to Rashard Lewis, it seems as if the Magic failed to find a way to get their shooters consistent open looks last season.

Orlando needs to figure out a way to get the ball into their shooters hands more often (Lewis averaged only 11.2 shots per game last season, Carter only 13.5, a career low) in order to be a serious threat against the elite teams in the league.

Posted on: September 14, 2010 5:44 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2010 5:47 pm

NBA Primetime's 2010-11 Fantasy NBA Draft Guide

NBA Primetime's owner, Brandon Ribak, and a few staff writers came together to create the ultimate fantasy NBA draft guide for all of you fantasy basketball fans out there.

Use our fantasy insight on draft day and be sure to check us out at NBAPrimetime.com for weekly fantasy tips on how to win your fantasy NBA league!

NBA Primetime’s Top Sleepers for the 2010-11 Season

Each and every season there are certain players that receive the opportunity to step up and play a new role for their organization.

These athletes average more playing time per game which ultimately leads to more production.

With the 2010 Fantasy NBA season nearing, here is a list of NBAPrimetime’s Top Fantasy Sleepers to draft onto your team (in no particular order, rookies are excluded from this list).

Darren Collison (PG, IND)- Collison has transitioned from the back-up point-guard role in New Orleans to being the starting one guard after getting dealt to Indiana. Last season Collison enjoyed an impressive rookie campaign, posting 18.8 PPG, 9.1 APG, and 1.4 SPG in 37 starts. With those type of numbers you can expect Collison to be snatched up early on during draft day.

D.J. Augustin (PG, CHA)- Augustin has shown flashes of brilliance throughout his short two year career when getting the chance to play starters minutes. With Raymond Felton now out of the picture Augustin will battle with Shaun Livingston for the starting point-guard role. If he emerges as the favorite he will be a nice sleeper this season.

J.J. Hickson (PF, CLE)- Other than Mo Williams and Antawn Jamison the Cavaliers have no consistent producers aside from young gun J.J. Hickson. Head-coach Byron Scott already announced that Hickson would be the teams starting power-forward for the upcoming season with Jamison coming off of the bench as the sixth man.

During last season when Hickson logged 30+ minutes per game (13 games) the forward averaged 14.3 PPG and 7.1 RPG. With no LeBron James to steal away fantasy production, Hickson should be averaging around a double-double with at least a steal and block per game.

Reggie Williams (SF, GS)- During the final month and a half of the regular season Reggie Williams broke out of the D-League boundaries, placing himself into the fantasy spotlight. In 24 games Williams dropped 15.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.8 APG, and 1.0 SPG on an impressive 49.5 percent from the field and 83.9 percent from the charity stripe.

With Corey Maggette now in Milwaukee, Williams will most likely fill into the role as the starting small-forward and will certainly be a fantasy sleeper on draft day.

Roy Hibbert (C, IND)- The 7’2″ center made a big leap from his rookie to sophomore year, averaging 11.7 PPG, 5.7 RPG, and 1.6 BPG in 25.1 MPG during his second season. At the age of 23 Hibbert still has much room for improvement, but from the looks of things the big fella is destined to make another giant stride this season. With Troy Murphy shipped to New Jersey, expect the center to grab 7 plus RPG along with over 2 BPG and around 13-15 PPG.

Drew Gooden (PF, MIL)- Although Gooden has played for nine different teams throughout his career, one thing has remained constant. Every team that has allowed him to average 30 plus MPG has received at least 11.3 PPG and 8.3 RPG from the power-forward.

Gooden is an extremely consistent forward that could grab boards in bunches. It looks as if he will land the starting gig in Milwaukee which can only mean good news for fantasy owners that draft the poor man’s Carlos Boozer.

Anthony Randolph (SF/PF, NYK)- In 22.7 minutes per action last season Anthony Randolph managed to score 11.6 PPG while grabbing 6.5 RPG, distributing 1.3 APG, and rejecting 1.5 BPG. The forward has a wingspan well beyond that of a seven-footers and has a very high ceiling for being just 21 years of age.

In Mike D’Antoni’s run and gun system Randolph should be able to excel on both ends of the court. Reports are stating that he will start the season at the small-forward position.

George Hill (PG/SG, SAS)- Hill enjoyed a break-out season with Tony Parker on the sidelines for the majority of the season just last year. With Parker back at full strength Hill won’t be able to emerge as a top guard in the league just yet, but his fantasy value will still be worthy of selecting on draft day.

Amir Johnson/Linas Kleiza (SF, TOR)- Johnson logged 17.7 MPG last season (career-high) while shooting a leagues best 62.3 percent from the field (based on players that played over 60 games last season). With Hedo Turkoglu now on the Phoenix Suns roster the Toronto Raptors will turn to the five-year forward to start at the three spot or Linas Kleiza.

Kleiza averaged 17.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG, and 1.3 APG on 54.0 percent shooting during the Euroleague 09-10 season. The 25 year-old is a terrific shooter and slasher, filling the back-up role for Carmelo Anthony during his first four seasons in the NBA.

On a new Toronto team that is in desperate need of a starting small-forward, Kleiza could get the starting nod ahead of Amir Johnson. If so, Kleiza could post close to the same averages as he did in the Euroleague.


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