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  1. Victor Oladipo reportedly interested in participating in the dunk contest

    Nov 4, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

    Victor Oladipo

    Victor Oladipo is off to the stellar start to the season that some of us expected, showcasing a nice combination of speed, athleticism and vision on both ends of the floor on the way to averages of 13.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals in his first four games. He also showed a…

  2. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Pacers, Rockets, T-Wolves and Sixers on top

    Nov 4, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New Orleans Pelicans

    The first few weeks of the Power Rankings see crazy fluctuations — teams that aren’t really that good start off hot, teams that are good start cold, so teams bounce up and down the rankings like they are on a bungee cord the first few weeks. Eventually things find their level. But this week was…

  3. Orlando forward Tobias Harris out indefinitely with ankle sprain

    Nov 4, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

    Tobias Harris

    In what is going to be a tough season in Orlando, Tobias Harris was one of the reasons to tune in — the young forward had a sparkling second half of the season ( 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game after being traded from the Bucks to the Magic) and we wanted to see what he…

  4. The Extra Pass Weekend Roundup: Seven storylines from Week 1 and Sunday recaps

    Nov 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    One week down, 23 more to go. Let’s look at some of the emerging storylines from the first week of the season. A Sneaky MVP Candidate Emerges There’s a real struggle to discern what’s real and what isn’t in the early part of the season, and the standings are almost a totem of sorts. If…

  5. Victor Oladipo with the 360-slam against the Nets (VIDEO)

    Nov 3, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Victor Oladipo, Kevin Garnett, Alan Anderson

    Jason Kidd made his debut patrolling the sidelines for the Nets, but his presence had no impact on the outcome of the game, at least in terms of where the Nets were concerned. Orlando cruised to a 107-86 victory, and rookie Victor Oladipo not only contributed 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals…

  6. Friday Night NBA Grades: What tanking? Sixers, Suns both 2-0.

    Nov 2, 2013, 2:26 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    Our grades from Thursday night around the NBA, or what you missed while trying to get that cat urine smell out of your computer…. Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers. Something funny happened on the way to the lottery… the Sixers and Suns, two of the poster teams for the tanking/riggin’ for Wiggins efforts, are both…

  7. Report: Magic willing to move Jameer Nelson for first round pick

    Nov 1, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

    Jameer Nelson

    In our list of players likely to be traded this season, Jameer Nelson was right at the top. The Magic are rebuilding, Nelson is older (31) and only $2 million of his contract for next season is guaranteed, making it a virtual expiring deal. The question was how much would the Magic ask? The current…

  8. Paul George leads Pacers to opening night win over Magic

    Oct 29, 2013, 9:53 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers

    The Pacers are expected to contend for the Eastern Conference crown, while the Magic are rebuilding and have no goals beyond player development for the upcoming season. The end result of the first game of the year reflected those expectations, as Indiana pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Orlando by a final of…

  9. Roy Hibbert meets Jason Maxiell in midair to reject his dunk attempt (VIDEO)

    Oct 29, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Seven

    The Heat and the Bulls are the marquee matchup on opening night, but the Pacers and the Magic actually got the season started earlier in the evening. Orlando is hanging much closer than expected on the road against the team that finished last season just a game short of making the Finals, but one thing…

  10. Five NBA players likely to get traded this season

    Oct 29, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

    Jameer Nelson

    When I started compiling this list more than a week ago, Marcin Gortat was the guy on top of it — then his trade happened earlier than anyone expected. The Wizards want to make the playoffs this year, the Suns want to tank and so they had a common ground. Now who is most likely…

  11. PBT’s 2013-14 NBA season predictions… it’s not all Miami

    Oct 28, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    The last couple years, it has felt going into the season that the road to an NBA title went through Miami. And it wasn’t going any farther. This year it feels far more wide open. Make no mistake, the road goes through Miami and they are saying all the right things about defending their title,…

  12. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Let the season begin!

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    To celebrate a new season, we bring you a new set of NBA Power Rankings from PBT. Let the kvetching about your ranking begin! Just remember that this is an exercise in fun — these are meaningless as the NBA has a playoff system to decide who is best. What sport would rely on journalist’s…

  13. Future trade bait Glen Davis progressing from foot injury

    Oct 22, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

    Tyler Hansbrough, Glen Davis

    When this season ends Glen Davis is going to be playing for someone other than Orlando. There are no sure things in the NBA, I could be wrong, but if I were Davis I would keep a “go bag” packed and ready near the front door. Why? Orlando is rebuilding and Davis is a veteran…

  14. NBA.com GM survey predicts another big season for Heat, LeBron James

    Oct 22, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    The annual NBA.com GM survey is pretty much a spot check on the conventional wisdom around the NBA. It’s not the place you see daring picks or gain deep insight. It’s generally a lot of guys picking the favorite. This year’s survey shows the conventional wisdom is “good luck beating LeBron James the Heat.” In…

  15. PBT EXTRA: Southeast Division Preview

    Oct 17, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    When you talk Southeast Division it starts with the Miami Heat and the obvious question: Can they make it a three-peat? Yes, the can. I’m not picking them to, but yes, they can. They are clearly the team to beat. The more interesting question about the Heat is, “What’s next?” Will all three — LeBron…

  16. Wednesday And-1 Links: Mark Cuban cleared of insider trading

    Oct 16, 2013, 7:23 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was acquitted of insider trading, a case brought by…

  17. PBT Roundtable: Who will win Rookie of the Year?

    Oct 11, 2013, 12:55 AM EDT

    Trey Burke

    Welcome to PBT’s regular roundtable on issues around the NBA, where our writers weigh in on the topic of the day. Today: Who will win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award? Kurt Helin: There’s a formula to this — you need a guy with the ball in his hand on a bad team that is…

  18. Andre Drummond has a new free throw style (VINE)

    Oct 10, 2013, 9:56 AM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Andre Drummond had a rookie season that made you think “this guy could be a franchise anchor.” He only started 10 games and played 20 minutes a night — you can thank Lawrence Frank for giving us more Jason Maxiell over Drummond, that’s the way to build a young team! — but he averaged 7.9…

  19. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Portland Trail Blazers

    Oct 10, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Hornets Trail Blazers Basketball

    Last Season: The Blazers spent the first half of the season threatening for a playoff spot, but one of the worst benches in NBA history ultimately sunk the team’s chances. Damian Lillard‘s scoring prowess made him the fourth unanimous Rookie of the Year winner in NBA history, and it simulatenously provided hope that Portland’s current core…

  20. Monday And-1 Links: Kris Humphries vs. Rajon Rondo, who ya got?

    Oct 7, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than Esquire loves Scarlett Johansson… • In the Celtics locker room there is…

  21. Jason Maxiell wants Horace Grant goggles

    Oct 4, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

    Jason Maxiell

    Jason Maxiell is a hard-banging power forward – just like Horace Grant.. Maxiell signed with the Magic – just like Grant. Maxiell is wearing No. 54 – just like Grant. They’re basically twins, except Grant’s trademark goggles. But they could share eyewear choice soon. Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstripe Post: Maxiell underwent surgery on Easter…

  22. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The Orlando Magic

    Oct 4, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Tobias Harris

    Last season: It was a season of transition. The Magic started out near .500 (12-13) but when Glen Davis got injured things fell apart. The Magic won 8 games the rest of the year and by the trade deadline they had fully embraced the rebuild, meaning J.J. Redick was the first out the door in…

  23. Glen Davis says surgically repaired foot will never be the same

    Oct 2, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    Tyler Hansbrough, Glen Davis

    Before he went down last season, Big Baby was having the best season of his career. Forced into a larger role with Dwight Howard on another coast, Glen Davis stepped up his game and was averaging 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds a game — he wasn’t dominating, but he was solid. Which is a good…

  24. Jameer Nelson understands he’s on the trade block

    Oct 2, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    Jameer Nelson is not in the future plans of the Orlando Magic, which is why he’s on everybody’s trade watch lists for this season. The Magic are rebuilding with youth, he is a 31-year-old point guard making a team-high $8.6 million this season but can be bought out for $2 million next season. (Yes, technically…

  25. Maurice Cheeks will play Andre Drummond this year. Hurray.

    Oct 1, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    This shouldn’t be news. Last season, Andre Drummond posted per-36-minute scoring (13.8), rebounding (13.2) and shot-blocking (2.8) rates that have been matched only by Dwight Howard, Hakeem Olajuwon, Bill Walton, Robert Parrish, Marvin Webster and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (minimum: 300 minutes). With the exception of Webster, those are all Hall of Famers. And Drummond did it…

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