Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Oct 14, 2011 / 11:00 am

NBA Fantasy Team Analysis: The Orlando Magic

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard (photo. adidas)

Outside of their beast in the middle and waterfall of threes, the Orlando Magic are a team of uncertainty for fantasy owners. Their starting shooting guard is most likely on his way out, their backup point guard appears more primed to stir up controversy on Twitter than do anything provocative anything on the court and a timeshare looks likely at the power forward position. All that said, there are open doors for a few players to assert themselves as fantasy stalwarts. Of course, if that beast in the middle wiggles his way out of town before season’s end, this house of cards will come tumbling down – hard.

Depth chart:
PG: Jameer Nelson, Gilbert Arenas, Chris Duhon
SG: Jason Richardson*, J.J. Redick, DeAndre Liggins
SF: Hedo Turkoglu, Quentin Richardson
PF: Brandon Bass, Ryan Anderson, Earl Clark*, Justin Harper, Malik Allen*
C: Dwight Howard, Daniel Orton

* unrestricted free agent

Relevant fantasy players and their projected draft positions/per-game stats:
– Dwight Howard, C (Rd. 2): 58% FG, 59% FT, 24 Pts, 13.5 Reb, 1.5 Ast, 1 Stl, 2.5 Blk, 3.5 TO
– Ryan Anderson, PF/C (Rd. 8): 44% FG, 80% FT, 2.3 Threes, 12 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 0.5 Stl, 0.5 Blk, 1 TO
– J.J. Redick, SG (Rd. 8): 45% FG, 90% FT, 2.3 Threes, 14 Pts, 3 Reb, 2.5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1.5 TO
– Hedo Turkoglu, SF/PF (Rd. 9): 42% FG, 75% FT, 1.5 Threes, 11 Pts, 4 Reb, 4.5 Ast, 0.7 Stl, 0.5 Blk, 1.7 TO
– Jameer Nelson, PG (Rd. 10): 44% FG, 80% FT, 1.5 Threes, 12 Pts, 3 Reb, 5.5 Ast, 1 Stl, 2.5 TO
– Brandon Bass, PF/C (Rd. 13+): 50% FG, 80% FT, 10 Pts, 5 Reb, 0.7 Ast, 0.5 Blk, 1 TO
– Gilbert Arenas, PG/SG (Rd. 13+): 35% FG, 75% FT, 1 Three, 9 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO

Sleeper:
Redick

Most likely to surprise:
Bass

Most likely to disappoint:
Turkoglu

Category specialists:
– Threes: Anderson, Redick, Turkoglu, Nelson
– Blocks: Howard

Things to consider:
– Richardson’s likely departure opening the door for Redick
– Who, if anyone, wins the majority of minutes at PF
– Howard’s future with the team (and ability to improve his free-throw shooting)

Team’s statistical NBA ranks from 2010-11:
– Pts: 16th
– FGM: T-24th
– FGA: T-26th
– FG%: 16th
– FT%: 30th
– 3PTM: 1st
– Reb: 6th
– Ast: T-26th
– TO: 25th
– Stl: 24th
– Blk: T-16th
– Pace: 18th
– Offensive Efficiency: 10th
– Defensive Efficiency: 3rd

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  • http://www.dimemag.com Aron Phillips

    I really wonder what happens at the PG spot in Orlando. I wouldn’t dismiss their chances at landing a guy like Chris Paul once the new CBA is in place.

  • http://deleted dagwaller

    If Howard left, wouldn’t that send that house of cards UPWARDS, since everyone would have more stats to go around (minus assists)? Especially Ryan Anderson and Brandon Bass.

  • First & Foremost

    @Dagwaller – I’d be inclined to believe everything would fall. The entire team is built around 1 guy and if he leaves, they don’t have the skills to do much of anything without him. They would be more like the Cavs sans Lebron instead of the Nuggets sans Melo.