Elfrid Payton is a sneaky Rookie of the Year candidate, Nikola Vucevic only filmed a reasonably priced expansion and the Orlando Magic’s defense has allowed an exceptionally stingy 97.2 points per 100 possessions during preseason play, based on RealGM.com.
You can correctly cite the fact that the Magic have been such noise statistical stoppers because their preseason schedule comprised the hapless Sixers and Indiana Pacers, but know this: You’re no fun at parties.
Additionally decidedly unfun: Victor Oladipo’s being sidelined for a while with a injury.
Oct. 23, the official launch of the team relayed the news that was buzz-killing:
Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo will probably be out indefinitely after suffering a facial break in clinic Thursday, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today.
Oladipo, who was assessed Thursday afternoon, will undergo a corrective procedure on Saturday. After taking an elbow in a practice 12, he was hurt.
Oladipo, a year’s lottery pick and someone the Magic expected would require a jump this season, was already battling a terrible knee during the preseason. Neither he nor Orlando needed this.
Seems like Payton is going to get an opportunity to show himself. That is good.
Seems like Ben Gordon is in the combination to start at shooting guard. That good.
Hurry back, Victor.
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