Elfrid Payton is a sneaky Rookie of the Year candidate, Nikola Vucevic only inked a reasonably priced expansion along with the Orlando Magic’s defense has allowed an exceptionally stingy 97.2 points per 100 possessions during preseason play, according to RealGM.com.
You can accurately cite how the Magic have been such noise statistical stoppers since their preseason schedule included the hapless Sixers and Indiana Pacers, but know this: You’re no fun at parties.
Also decidedly unfun: Victor Oladipo’s being sidelined for a while with a injury.
Oct. 23 the group’s official release relayed the news that was buzz-killing:
Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo will probably be out indefinitely after suffering a facial break in practice Thursday, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today.
Oladipo, who had been evaluated Thursday afternoon, will experience a surgical procedure on Saturday. After taking an inadvertent elbow in a practice 12, he was hurt.
Oladipo, last year’s lottery selection and someone the Magic expected would require a jump this year, was already battling a terrible knee during the preseason. Neither he nor Orlando desired this.
Seems like Payton will have a chance to prove himself. That is good.
Looks like Ben Gordon is in the combination to begin at guard. That’s less good.
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