pepe1991 wrote:Space part is dead on arrival because there is 0 good shooters. Today, league's average 3% is 35%. Gary Harris standing at 35,9% who shoots above that on bigger sample size ( others are RJ & Mo Wagner, both not realiable shooters and with them it's matter of sample size until they dip down).
I was just looking at these grim numbers today. We have three shooters above the league average, and only just barely. The paint was so clogged last night. I'm not a huge fan of one-way players but I think the offense will look a little less terrible after we flip a few projects for a few shooters.
Orlando is around average when it comes to creating amount of wide open 3s. But 8th worst in making them.
Things get grim when you figure Magic as team shoot 28% for 3 in situation where they are open ( second worst), despite getting almost 15 shots a game like that. There are 3 nba teams who shoot better open 3s, than Magic shoot wide open 3s
Magic are also around middle of pack in situations where one player dribbles life out of basketball ( 7+ dribbles), but they are,with Pistons runaway worst team in that situations .
Orlado gets 1/8th of all FGA from players doing two dribbles pullup/layup, witch is top 10 in that department, but their eFG is third lowest.
It's not like we don't try to push pace, we take 30 out of 88 shots within more than 15 seconds on the shot clock. Issue is that, despite it's good shot efficiency by our standards ( 53,4% in situations where shot was taken in first 4 seconds) , we are still godawful compared to rest of nba ( literally worst). Just to have some margin of comparison, Bulls have 67% eFG in that situations, mostly because those situations are some transition points on defense that isn't set. Honestlly this might just be from fact that not a single player who can run with ball is athletical speciment by nba standards... I don't know.
And last, it's time spent with ball, 12 shots a game come from one player pounding ball for over 6 seconds. Magic shoot 39% eFG in those situations.
It's no secret that Orlando, despite lacking talent for better offense, also is awfully coached offensive team that lacks any idea what they try to be or want to play. So there is just that goofy "pace and space" mantra that means nothing. When other teams plays us they have clear strategy: shoot more threes than average, attack space. Magic don't defend 3 point line well ( top 10 worst) and commit more fouls in league than most teams ( top 10 ) and in same time don't draw any fouls ( top 5 worst). So over game opponents just create more possessions that aren't empty, and even when they play awful ( Blazers) they can still win, by just doing less harm to themselfs.
Prediction day after Vuc, Gordon, Evan departure - most fans who are celebrating birth of new rebuild will be crying how rebuild is painful before 2022-23 season ends.
Date of writeup: March 26th, 2021.