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The Magic’s bench is flawed, but dramatically improved

August 10th, 2017 at 9:17 AM
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Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

When infrequent Magic watchers discuss Orlando’s misfortunes, they often focus on the young players on the team. Is Elfrid Payton the Magic’s answer at point guard? Why aren’t they playing Aaron Gordon at power forward? Should Evan Fournier be more than a third or fourth option, at best?

No doubt, these are among the most important questions the franchise needs to address, but these players don’t fully explain why things went so wrong last season. Sure, Payton, Gordon, and Fournier weren’t exactly superstar-caliber basketball players, but they weren’t awful either. In fact, paired with a solid backup unit, they might have been passable as starters.

That, of course, was not the case last season. Among Jeff Green, C.J. Watson, D.J. Augustin, and Mario Hezonja, the Magic played some of the very worst bench players in the entire league. So many winnable games were thrown away in the second and fourth quarters thanks, when the bench would come in and concede whatever advantage the starters earned.

Take March 6th, for example, when the Orlando Magic hosted the New York Knicks. It was one of the first games of Elfrid’s triple-double tour throughout March. Orlando held control throughout the first, gave back some of their lead in the second, but seemed to be in the driver’s seat heading into the fourth. As Zach recapped at the time, “The fourth quarter quickly spelled disaster for the Magic. New York opened the quarter on a 21-4 run over the first seven minutes to take a …

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Tags: Aaron Gordon, Arron Afflalo, C.J. Watson, D.J. Augustin, Every starter was a positive in the box score, and every reserve was a minus., Hezonja, magic, Mario Hezonja, Marreese Speights,, Shelvin Mack, Terrence Ross, Those Payton-Ross-Fournier-Gordon lineups played a combined 515 minutes

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