Magic news: After an impressive 2018-19 season that saw them barge into the playoffs for the first time since 2012, the Orlando Magic have decided not to make any major changes in the offseason. Over the past couple of months, everyone on the team, from head coach Steve Clifford to his players, have been talking about how important it is to have continuity, but that they also have to work on some things in order to improve.
In a recent interview, Clifford said that while it is good to have most of his players back from last season, the Magic need to take advantage of that familiarity and find ways to get better as a team, especially on offense.
“...being able to bring (Nikola Vucevic), (Terrence Ross), Khem (Birch) and Michael Carter-Williams back, that’s so big for us. Those are four guys who played really well for us last year.
As good as our defense was late in the year, we have to be able to score the ball better,” Clifford told John Denton of Magic.com. “We have to do similar things in terms of protecting the rim, not fouling unnecessarily, not giving up fastbreak points and being a good defensive rebounding team. By the numbers, we forced teams to take the shots that we wanted them to take last season, but we didn’t create much offense with our defense.
Orlando averaged 107.3 points per game last season, 24th in the NBA, and in order to address their issues on offense, Clifford believes that they need to have a fast-paced offense.
“We talked about this a lot last season, but when we were good offensively, the ball hit the paint. And when we weren’t (good offensively) – like in the playoffs – it didn’t. So, we need to improve our pace offensively because we were better when we played quicker and the ball has to get going toward the basket more consistently.”
The Magic is riding a good wave of momentum as they prepare for the upcoming NBA season. The team is more confident now more than ever, and that’s one of their biggest assets moving forward. Every member of the team believes in what Orlando is trying to build, and every member of the roster will definitely make the necessary adjustments in order to help the team succeed.
How far will they go this season? That depends on the improvements they’ll show on both ends of the floor, but right now, the future is bright for the Magic.
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