Elfrid Payton is a sneaky Rookie of the Year candidate, Nikola Vucevic just inked a reasonably priced extension and the Orlando Magic’s defense has allowed a highly stingy 97.2 points per 100 possessions during preseason play, according to RealGM.com.
You can correctly cite how the Magic have been such noise statistical stoppers since their preseason schedule comprised the hapless Sixers and Indiana Pacers, but know this: You’re no fun at parties.
Additionally decidedly unfun: Victor Oladipo’s being sidelined for a little while with a injury.
The team release relayed the information that was buzz-killing Oct. 23:
Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo is going to probably be out indefinitely after suffering a facial fracture in practice Thursday, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced now.
Oladipo, who had been evaluated Thursday afternoon, will undergo a corrective surgical procedure. He was injured after taking an inadvertent elbow during a practice drill.
Oladipo, a year’s lottery selection and someone the Magic hoped would require a leap this year, was already battling a bad knee during the preseason. Neither he nor Orlando needed this.
Looks like Payton is going to get a chance to show himself. That’s good.
Looks like Ben Gordon is in the combination to begin at shooting guard. That good.
Hurry back, Victor.
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