Orlando Magic 2022-23 Preview
Franz Wagner & Paolo make things interesing.
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2021-22 Record: 22-60
Net Rating: -8.5 (27th)
Offense Rating: 104.7 (30th)
They can’t get much worse next year? There are few bright spots when you rank dead last in offensive efficiency, but the main takeaway is they ranked 6th in putback points per play. Even though they did not rebound the ball at high rate finishing 27th in OREB%, when they did grab an offensive rebound they scored at an efficient rate.
Turning the ball over often does not make you a bad offensive team, but if you don’t have talent then turning the ball over combined with missing shots means you will struggle offensively. The Magic finished 24th in TOV%, turning the ball over 14.7% of the time.
When you turn miss a lot of your shots (28th in eFG%)) and then don’t rebound then (27th OREB%) it basically means your offense is going to stink. One of these can be improved easily for next season (hint: its rebounding) but we'll see how the staff handles it.
Defensive Rating: 113.1 (17th)
Very Good DREB%, only allowing teams to recover 25% of their misses, ranking 7th in the league. Did not allow many shots at the rim, ranking 9th only allowing 30% of shots at the rim.
Middle of the pack team when it comes to eFg% defense, which a lot of parts play in. When you don’t have good defenders, you typically won’t be very good defending shots.
The Magic didn’t turn teams over (24th in TOV%) and fouled at an above-average rate (18th in FT Rate), a combination that is not sustainable for long-term success.
I did a deep dive into this set in the 5-Out offense breakdown, so I will keep it brief since everyone can refer to that breakdown for more information. The Magic ran this play more than anyone in the NBA, as you can see with the 13(!) minute edit below.
Previous Breakdowns in the 5-Out Offense study:
Part 1 - NBA 5 Out Offense: Spacing
Part 2 - NBA 5-Out Offense: Wide
Part 3 - NBA 5-Out Offense: Wide Dribble
Part 4 - NBA 5-Out Offense: Wide Elbow
Part 5 - NBA 5-Out Offense: Wide Specials
Part 6 - NBA 5-Out Offense: Delay
Part 7 - NBA 5-Out Offense: Delay Flare
Part 8 - NBA 5-Out Offense: Delay Chicago
Part 9 - NBA 5-Out Offense: Delay Turn
Ballscreens & ballscreen locations can be tricky, but an Angle ballscreen is essentially the same as spread ballscreen but the Angle (get it?) is toward half-court.
This is useful against teams that ICE or force the ball toward the sideline in ballscreen defense.
Here is an example from their preseason game:
It makes sense to run Horns ballscreen action since the Magic’s best lineup involved both Bamba & Carter so the guard can choose either side to come off the ballscreen.
If the initial action is covered, this can flow into swing action with a ballscreen or second side hand off action.
Bamba gets a 3 off this look in the first preseason game:
This could also be considered “Horns Out” action coming off a screen in the middle of the floor, but this is stack action that has a player using a screen around the elbows and then flows into a spread ballscreen.
Delay Flare Slip Hand Off (ATO)
We broke down the typical Delay Flare Slip action already but the Magic use this as decoy action.
Instead of the Flare/Slip action the player who they set the flare screen for comes off a side hand off with one side of the floor empty.
Wedge Punch Thunder (ATO)
The Magic use Franz Wagner’s size out of the post to run action for the opposite big in the dunkers spot. It starts off with a “Wedge” screen to get the ball into the post for Franz.
Then the player who entered the ball into the post cuts through the lane and screens down for the big in the dunkers spot.
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