DESTROY THE DISNEYS!
Game Time Start: 7:00 PM ET
Where: The Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Officials: D. Jones, E. Dalen, J. Goble
Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Orlando Notes
Television: FOX Sports Indiana / FOX Sports Florida
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Season Records: (W-L) 41-26 Home: 26-8
18-49 Away: 8-24
Upcoming Games: Mar 22 Mar 23 Mar 25 Mar 28 vs at vs at 7:00pm 8:00pm 7:00pm 8:00pm
Projected Starting Lineup: HIBBERT HANSBROUGH GEORGE STEPHENSON HILL Projected Starting Lineup: VUCEVIC HARRIS HARKLESS AFFLALO NELSON
Danny Granger - sore knee (out)
David West - back sprain (day-to-day)
Glen Davis – fractured left foot, (out)
Andrew Nicholson - illness (day-to-day)
Hedo Turkoglu – NBA suspension (out)
Perpetually Disappointing Trader Joe Minimally Relevant Video:
Magic Basketball: Jacob Frankel: The emergence of Tobias Harris
The haul the Orlando Magic got in the J.J. Redick trade from the Milwaukee Bucks at
the deadline, which brought in Tobias Harris, Beno Udrih, and Doron Lamb, is looking
better and better by the game, highlighted by the strong play of Harris. After being
buried on the bench in Milwaukee, he’s finally getting meaningful minutes in Orlando
and his production has jumped with an increase in playing time.
In the 12 games Harris has played since the trade, he’s averaging 15.8 ppg and 7.3
rpg in 31 minutes with a .587 True Shooting percentage. What’s gone into his success
with Orlando? Let’s dive into the tape.
Harris has been very efficient in isolation situations with the Magic so far. He’s
shooting 53.3 percent and averaging 1.04 points per possession in isolation using a
variety of methods, per Synergy.
Harris’ explosive first step helps him get to the hole easily and from there, he can
finish with both hands, using a variety of layups, floaters, and hooks. If defenders
overplay the drive, he’s confident pulling up from midrange and shooting.
Cut and transition
This is where Harris’ athleticism, smooth finishing, and basketball IQ come into play.
He’s tough to stop once he gets close to the basket — he’s shooting 62.7 percent at
the rim post-trade — especially when he has momentum.
It’s not all power and speed, either. Harris is creative in his finishing. He’s proved to
be an intuitive cutter and...CONTINUE READING AT MAGIC BASKETBALL
Deadspin: Reuben Fischer-Baum: Where Basketball Stars Come From, And Where They Go?
Last month, the McDonald's All-American Game released its 2013 rosters. The game
is a showcase of some of the best high school talent in the country, which this year
largely came out of Texas (five players), California (four), Florida (three), and North
Carolina (two). Of these 14 players, only five have committed to play at in-state
colleges. We wondered: Is this typical of high school talent? Historically, where do
high school stars generally come from, and where do they end up playing?
To investigate, I looked at the hometowns and colleges of all 840 McDonald's All-
Americans from 1977 to 2012, since the class of 2013 hasn't totally shaken itself out
yet. Hometowns were largely based on high school, although if a player went to a
religious, private, or boarding school (like basketball factory Oak Hill Academy), I
checked to see which state he was actually raised in.* Likewise, I tried to I.D.
players who transfered during college, and stick them with the programs they initially
Here are the states that have, adjusted for population, produced the most McDonald's
Indiana, living up to its reputation, may have the strongest high school basketball
tradition in the country. With 41 All-Americans in 36 years, Indiana has produced more
talent than Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, all significantly larger states, and
trails only Illinois, New York, and California. Adjusting for population size, the Hoosier
State blows the field away. Maryland is also a hotbed of talent, as are a handful of
Southern states (Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia, and Tennessee), and
Alaska is clearly the oddball. When the McDonald's All-American team was inaugurated,
in 1977, Alaska was the smallest state in the nation. Still, Alaska has produced three
All-Americans, all of whom were subsequently drafted by NBA teams: Carlos Boozer,
Mario Chalmers, and Trajan Langdon. Thirteen states have produced fewer All-
Americans than Alaska, which goes to show that while basketball is good for inner cities
(where courts are an efficient use of space) and rural areas (where schools may be too
small to field football and baseball teams), it's also pretty great for places that are just
too damn cold to really play anything outside for most of the school year.
Unsurprisingly, none of those Alaskan stars stayed in-state for college hoops. But how
about the others? Let's take a look at each state's "capture rate," i.e., the percentage of
All-American players who stay in-state for college:
Overall, 35 percent...CONTINUE READING AT DEADSPIN