A 14-29 record may seem like nothing to sneeze at, but the competitiveness that the Orlando Magic have displayed in spite of their struggles to win games has been admirable. Although they have lost 16 of their past 18 games and five in a row, they have been close in the majority of their defeats and there have been some individual bright spots that should not go unnoticed, a few of which I'll highlight here.
- First of all, the play of shooting guard J.J. Redick in the final year of his contract has been superb. The six-year pro out of Duke is averaging career highs in points per game (15.3), assists per game (4.5) and minutes per game (31.6) after Sunday's 104-102 loss at the hands of the Detroit Pistons.
- Second-year center Nikola Vucevic is averaging a double-double at 11.8 PPG and 11.3 rebounds per game. He finished with 12 points and 17 boards in Sunday's defeat.
- Despite the fact that he has missed nine games due to injury, point guard Jameer Nelson is dishing out a career-best 7.4 APG. Earlier this season he broke the franchise record for assists in a career.
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