I've been saying this for a few years now – Dwight Howard needs a signature move if the Magic are ever going to be legitimate championship contenders. Yes, I realize he's only 23 years old and his game will surely develop in the coming years. But what about this year? The Magic may be tearing up the NBA now, but they don't have the pieces for June.
Oh, for the first 47 minutes, 50 seconds, Howard might torment inside. But his world lacks a polished post game. Unless he is bringing it down with two hands, there is nothing guaranteed even from three or four feet. And a spot at the foul line might be the opposition's preference, based on his not-so-free throws.
Then there is Nelson, who is moving closer to All-Star level. Yet if it isn't a pull-up jumper, his diminutive stature could have a defining attempt slapped back the other way. Go ahead, name another 5-11 go-to-guy.
And while Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis are more than mere standstill jump shooters, at a moment of truth, an all-or-nothing jumper seemingly would be the preference for each.
That is what separates the Magic.
There's not a Wade. Not a Tayshaun. Not even a Joe Johnson.
Let alone a Kobe, LeBron or Pierce.
We may not have heard of Ira Winderman, but he's right on the money with this one.
The Celtics smoked Orlando 107-88 in their first meeting of this season. That was the game Paul Pierce went off in the 3rd quarter.
Ok…I know what you are asking – Where's the advanced scouting of the Magic dancers? The answer – after the jump.