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Orlando Magic sign Chris Duhon as their backup point guard

Jul 6, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

duhon.jpgWith their last year’s backup point guard — Jason Williams — turning 35 next season, the Orlando Magic wanted to get a little younger in their backup to Jameer Nelson.

Hello Chris Duhon.

The Magic have inked Duhon to a four-year, $15 million deal, according to Chad Ford at ESPN.

The Magic have gotten younger, but not better. Last season Williams shot 44 percent from the field, 38 percent from three. Duhon shot 37.3 percent overall and 34 percent from three. Williams had a true shooting percentage of 55.5 percent and a PER of 12.9, Duhon had a TS% of 50.1 and a PER of 10.7. And Duhon was playing in the offense-friendly Mike D’Antoni system.

It’s not a great year for getting quality point guards. Maybe Duhon will play better in this structured offense. Or maybe he plays better with Stan Van Gundy yelling at him. Or maybe not. Thing is, the Magic did not just get better, especially if anything happens where he has to play extended minutes.

  1. Blitz4848 - Jul 6, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Otis has lost his mind—-the Magic are in a box with their sky high payroll. Even so paying Duhon 15 mil is a reach the Magic will regret. The Magic have a brand new state of the art building and next yr we will have a team that will be worse NOT better. We are going to lose Redick & Carter & Lewis are BOTH well past their prime but yet we are OVERPAYING them big time! Otis Smith has boxed the Magic in and the result could be Howard leaving when his contract expires just like Shaq did. Someone please explan how Carter was an upgrade over Turk? Plus we paid Carter 50% more. We will probably trade his expiring contract during next season and overpay another past prime player. Hopefully Otis will keep Carter since we are stuck with him and would only get 25 cents on the dollar back in a trade. He will give the Magic some cap money after this season to maybe go after a Carmelo type player next yr after we lose in the 2nd rd of the playoffs….Someone please rein in Otis before he trades away the Magic’s future entirely!!!!

  2. dboy - Jul 6, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    the magic will be alright

  3. magicfaninTN - Jul 7, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Wow @Blitz4848, the only thing missing is typing in all CAPS. Duhon may be a bit of a reach on the contract (too rich), but Orlando should be okay. Take another look at the cap issue. Even if Carter comes off the 2011 books, Orlando still has zero cap space.

  4. Nick - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    This is a solid upgrade. Jason Williams was great for the first half of the season but ran out of gas as the season went on. Duhon also brings above average defense at the PG position, something the Magic have lacked.

  5. EauJ - Jul 12, 2010 at 2:14 AM

    I disagree. he never ran out of gas. to be playin that well even when he was previously out for a year.. that’s just mad skills. He was playing good but Stan Van Gundy didn’t play him much in the playoffs.. even when Jameer’s game was off. And if y’all can recall, the Magic played better w/ Jason starting & Jameer was out w/ the injury. i put the blame on stan for not getting into the finals. he himself admitted it publicly. J-dub would’ve done a better job than Nelson coz he creates plays. Jameer just shoots and sometimes passes.

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