Orlando Magic 1st Quarter Report Card

Grading The Magic’s 1st Quarter Performance

The first quarter of the 2017-2018 NBA season is in the books, and so far, the Orlando Magic have had an up and down ride. Right out of the gates the team rattled off a handful of wins and quickly found themselves at 8-4. However, things quickly turned south as Orlando lost their next 9 games. Since then the Magic have rebounded slightly but still find themselves 9 games below .500 and still a piece of two away from reaching the post season. Now, there are plenty of games to be played, so it’s not to say that we are already looking at a lost season for the Magic. They could still swing make a trade that propels them into the 7th or 8th seed this season. Let’s take a look now at the Magic’s 1st quarter report card:

Offense: A-
Scoring has not been a problem for Orlando as they are averaging over 106 points per game, which is 13th best in the league. Now one of the reasons they have been so good is their ball movement. The Magic are constantly getting open looks with is why they are top 5 in the league when it comes to dishing out dimes. Orlando averages over 23 assists a game. They are also shooting over 37% from beyond the arc.

Rebounding: C-
The battle on the boards has been rather inconsistent for the Magic. Some nights they are able to grab everything in sight, while others they can’t even buy a rebound. With team’s height they should be able to do a better job rebounding consistently.

Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (2) is fouled by Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. Photo: AP Photo/Paul Sancya.

Defense: F
Orlando has given up the second most point by any team this season and teams are averaging just over 110 points per game against Orlando. This is completely unacceptable for a team many thought would sneak into the playoff this season. In Orlando’s defense they have been plagued by a number of injuries this season, but there defense will need to improve significantly going forward.

Coaching: C+
Head Coach Frank Vogel has dealt with adversity this season having to juggle a number of lineups with players coming and going from the injured list. He has also shown that he is not afraid to ride the hot hand. But with so many inconsistencies this year he has just been average in his coaching abilities.

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Kip Michalak is a former 3-sport collegiate athlete who has been covering the NBA as an Orlando Magic Insider for the past 3 seasons. Kip has also covered high school sports in Tampa Bay for 5 years. In addition to his basketball reporting Kip has covered a handful of major sporting events, which include: 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final 2016 NCAA Frozen Four 2016 Outback Bowl