basketballRob wrote:Gordon was one of the fastest runners at the combine.pepe1991 wrote:TheGlyde wrote:
I could be wrong, but I think he meant no Magic players run the floor with Fultz, because if they did they could have a numbers advantage in certain situations where the right pass could lead to easy buckets... Giannis cant guard everyone.
Im starting to wonder if the Magic dont do any transition drills or passing/weaving on the run. Its fundamental stuff... and a good warmup... but maybe its be beneath them.
Meanwhile, we blew a 3 on 1 break with Ennis, Evan and someone else when IIRC Ennis made the wrong pass, Evan blew a 2 on 1 by going too soft on the pass to Ennis... I think Wes has blown a 2 on 1 or two and there have been other examples as well.
Any time we have a 2 or 3 on 1 break, unless AG is jumping over people to finish there is a solid chance we blow it.
Magic are only behind 76ers when it comes to being the worst efficiency -transition team in playoffs.
Matter of fact Magic are so damn terrible in transition that their overall FG% is much better on set defense than in transition.
10 ppg, 32% FG.
Those are Magic transition numbers in playoffs. And second highest turnover frequency.
2 out of 4 best transition teams ( ppg scored in transition) got swept in playoffs already
There is so little co-relation between good teams and transition points that 5 of 10 top tranisition teams in regular season were not playoffs teams this year. ( Suns and Nets have top 4 most effective transition offense in nba - regular season )
There is also whole new thing in transition where pull up 3s are new normal. How many Magic players can stop and pop from 25 feet? Ross and Evan? Dj? 3 out of 12 players ? Maybe.
Transition nowdays is like everything else, you simply have to be able to shoot and dribble.
There is also big misconception about Gordon and how fast he is. His average speed of running is worst than Isaac' and Khem Birch runs faster than both. Matter of fact Aminu is faster than all 3 i mentioned before.
On offense once again Gordon is one of slower Magic players. Fultz is fastest.
Defense, same story, Gordon is only faster than Vuc and Dj Augustin (lol )
I do not find running speed particularly useful basketball skill ( being explosive is more important from athletic perspective). But Magic do not have horses nor skill to play faster. Half of the roster can't even make right pass while standing still
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Was is the key word.
2019-20 average speed 4,20 miles per hour ( one of slower Magic players)
2018-19 average speed 4,28 miles ( average speed for Magic player)
2017-18 - average speed 4,46 miles
2016-17- average speed 4,45
2015-16- average speed 4,56
His speed flat out declined over years. He is 25, is not getting any younger, has 6 years of nba under him, he'll peak now, stay in this prime athletic for next 2 years at most, and decline. ( Josh Smith was my orginal Gordon comp for years, 25-27 will be his peak, after his athletic decline,he'll have ungraceful decline ).
He simply does not have game to "fall ", just like it's happening with DIpo now. They are painfully average basketball players gifted with incredible athletics.
Payton used to run 4,6 miles a hour, now he is at 4,3. Hezonja used to run 4,5 miles an hours , now he is at 4,18... nagging injuries take their speed without anybody even noticing until it becomes obvious.