The Magic’s injuries have gone from silly to serious.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Orlando (6-8) is sputtering along in the middle of a mediocre Eastern Conference. Losing Nikola Vucevic will hurt, but it’ll be difficult to fall too far in this playoff race.
After having their best season in a while last year by staying mostly healthy, the Magic are facing new issues now. Aaron Gordon and Michael Carter-Williams are also banged up.
At least Orlando has a couple interesting options behind Vucevic at center. The No. 6 pick in last year’s draft, Mohamed Bamba has shown flashes but mostly struggled so far. He’s in line for a bigger role, and the 21-year-old will have no choice but to sink or swim. Khem Birch is more stable and just better at this point, but he’s more limited.
LeBron James and Jeff Green were on opposite ends of the spectrum while Cavaliers teammates.
Now, they’re on opposite ends of 2020 NBA All-Star starter voting.
LeBron James (Western Conference frontcourt), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Eastern Conference frontcourt) and Luka Doncic (Western Conference guards) each led their categories in all three voting segments – fans, players and media. LeBron claims the overall crown with the most fan votes.
On the flip side, Green got no player votes, no media votes and just 219 fan votes. Presumably, the Jazz waiving Green last month halted his votes, but that put him last on the complete All-Star starter voting list.
The big winners were the actual All-Star starters:
But now you can see how everyone stacked up with the NBA’s formula – which sums double a player’s rank in fan voting, his rank in player voting and his rank in media voting then divides by four for a “score.” Fan vote serves as tiebreaker.
Here’s every player’s rank in each category (total votes), sorted by score:
Eastern Conference guards
Eastern Conference frontcourt
Western Conference guards
Western Conference frontcourt