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67RIEFNS No. 5: Victor Oladipo playing shooting guard


The NBA is full of talent, personality and suspense. During the doldrums of the offseason, It’s easy to forget how wonderful the league can be. So, I’ve assembled 67 Reasons I’m Excited For Next Season (67RIEFNS). They’ll be presented in no particular order.

Short on point guards, the Magic turned No. 2 pick Victor Oladipo into one last season.

Which was fine for the purpose it served.

Oladipo was not a very good point guard, which helped Orlando tank. He also gained more experience with the ball in his hands, which should help him down the road. And he tried playing a position that great impacts the game than his natural shooting guard, which gave the woebegone Magic an opportunity to get more bang for their buck.

But it also made him much less enjoyable to watch.

Of the NBA’s 50 assist leaders, nobody had a worse assist-to-turnover ration than Oladipo, who averaged 4.1 assists and 3.2 turnovers per game. Among the players who fared better: Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love and any point guard with substantial playing time.

Oladipo doesn’t project well at point guard long term. He was especially ill-equipped to play the position as a rookie. His ball-handling, good for an off guard, is suspect for a point guard. His court vision doesn’t rate well, either.

Yet, again and again, the Magic put him at point guard and had him run pick-and-roles that were over his head. Oladipo played just 41 percent of his minutes with Jameer Nelson, Orlando’s only true point guard.

That should change this season.

Orlando acquired Elfrid Payton on draft night and signed Luke Ridnour. Whether the Magic are trying to build for the future or win now, they have better point guard options than Oladipo.

That means Oladipo can play shooting guard, his natural position. I hope that, coupled with gaining a year of NBA experiences, unleashes Oladipo to play with less hesitation.

I want to see the Oladipo who fearlessly attacks the rim. I want to see the Oladipo who relentlessly defends.

I want to see more of this:

And this:

And this:

And this:

And this:

Even playing out of position, Oladipo found plenty of opportunities to create highlights last year. Freed from the burden of playing point guard, Oladipo should thrive as one of the NBA’s most exciting players this season.

Bulls officially sign E’Twaun Moore, he’s likely to stick with team

Mason Plumlee, E'Twaun Moore

E’Twaun Moore is potentially a good fit for the Bulls — if he is used properly.

Orlando used him at the point, the Bulls are set there. Chicago plans to give most of their minutes at the two guard to Jimmy Butler, behind him is Tony Snell who showed real signs of improvement at Summer League. Where Moore comes in is he is a 6’4” guard who can knock down threes (35.4 percent last season). The Bulls have point guards like Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks slashing the lane and a very good passing front line with Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah — a guy who can stay at the arc and knock down shots has value. Plus he can play the one some if needed.

So as had been expected the Bulls signed Moore to a deal — but the terms of the deal reported by Shams Charania of Real GM are such that you can bet he makes the roster.

Consider this an insurance policy signing — don’t pick Moore for your fantasy team — but in that vein it’s good one. He can provide some depth at the guard slots if injuries or fatigue become an issue in Chicago. Both of which are not out of the realm of possibility.

Magic signing Seth Curry, Drew Crawford and Kadeem Batts

Seth Curry, Marcus Smart

I have a theory about Seth Curry:

I believe Seth Curry deserves an NBA chance – and I mean more than the 13 minutes he played for the Grizzlies and Cavaliers last season.

Just watching him, Seth doesn’t exude NBA talent, though he’s not that far off.

But his brother, Stephen Curry, has defied expectations at every level. Few thought his game even translated from high school to college, and now he’s an NBA star.

So, my theory is maybe we’re all underestimating Seth. Maybe there’s something about how their father, Dell Curry, and others in their lives have trained them that makes them both particularly prepared to handle the rigors of the NBA despite smaller-than-ideal body types.

It’s definitely true of Stephen, and considering how big a long shot most 14th/15th men are, I’d gamble on giving Seth an extended look.

I’m not saying Seth Curry will become an NBA star, starter or even role player. But that’s true of all 14th/15th men. I just think he makes more sense than many borderline players who get signed.

Why doesn’t a bad team with an open roster spot give him more of a chance? A bad team like the Magic would do.

Brian K. Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel:

Orlando now has 19 players under contract. Siva, whose signing was already known, has no guarantee. Kadeem Batts (Providence) and Drew Crawford (Northwestern) went undrafted this year, and presumably they also have no guarantees. Dewayne Dedmon’s salary is fully unguaranteed until the season begins.

Essentially, there is one roster spot up for grabs.

Though I’d take the field over any single player, Curry is probably the favorite to claim it – if anyone does. The Magic could always keep just 14 players.

But they can’t waive Curry and then assign him to their D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks. Because Curry – unlike Siva, who went to the D-League on assignment from the Pistons, and Batts and Crawford, who are rookies – already signed a D-League contract, Curry’s D-League rights still belong to his previous D-League team. If the Magic want Curry in Erie, the BayHawks must arrange a trade with the Santa Cruz Warriors.

That’s why, if Curry proves he deserves a longer look, Orlando will probably have to keep him on the regular-season roster.