September 18, 2018, 6:44 pmEvan Fournier - G/F - Orlando Magic
Evan Fournier (sprained MCL) has been cleared for training camp, as expected.
Fournier played in the NBA Africa game last month, so he's entering camp on a good note from a health perspective. The Magic will need someone to put up points while their young core learns to play together and Fournier is the team's most dangerous perimeter player, so he's safe to take in the late-middle rounds as usual.
September 7, 2018, 4:17 pmRich DeVos - Owner - Orlando Magic
Rich DeVos, owner of the Orlando Magic, passed away Thursday at the age of 92 due to complications from an infection.
DeVos, co-founder of multi-level marketing firm Amway, bought the team in 1991 for $85 million. Forbes Magazine recently estimated the Magic’s value at $1.225 billion. DeVos had already disbursed ownership of the team, with his four children having the majority stake in the team. Smaller stakes of the team also extend into other generations of the family.
Source: Chicago Tribune
April 13, 2018, 12:47 amJonathan Isaac - SF/PF - Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac battled persistent ankle and foot issues in his first NBA season, finishing with 5.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.6 3-pointers, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks in 19.8 mpg across 27 games.
Isaac said that he'll be working on learning defensive concepts this offseason, as he relied mostly on instincts and athleticism in year one. That's a tantalizing thought for fantasy owners, as Isaac's already-excellent output in steals and blocks should only increase as he settles in as a team defender. A capable defender across three positions, Isaac was a top-200 per-game option and was worth owning for defensive stats alone whenever he was on the court. Unfortunately his campaign was full of stops and starts. He missed 17 games with a nasty sprained ankle but only played in three of his next five, missing two with another ankle injury. He went down with another ankle sprain after the fifth game of that block, missing 26 more games. A left foot strain cost him three more games in March before a sore left ankle kept him out of the final six games of the year. The upside is apparent and copious, but he'll need to prove that he can stay healthy.
April 13, 2018, 12:28 amJonathon Simmons - SG/SF - Orlando Magic
Jonathon Simmons wrapped up his first season in Orlando as a top-155/185 per-game player, averaging career-highs across the board with the lone exception of blocks.
Simmons was freed from the Spurs bench, though the hype he generated in last year's playoffs with the Spurs probably pumped him up just a shade too much. He got lots of run as a starter but was pretty much a points and rebounds guy on okay percentages through his 69 games. Back spasms cost him one game but a wrist contusion that turned into a tank-driven absence kept him out of the final 12 games of the year, so his missed time doesn't seem like something to fret over. Simmons deserves credit for upping his efficiency from .420 to .465 but still didn't make a ton of improvement to his stat set overall, averaging just 1.0 threes, 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocks in a shade under 30 minutes per game.
April 13, 2018, 12:01 amTerrence Ross - SG/SF - Orlando Magic
Terrence Ross played 14 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Wizards, scoring eight points with three rebounds, one assist, two blocks and a triple.
Ross missed 57 games after spraining his right MCL and sustaining a non-displaced tibial fracture but was able to return for a couple games at the end of the season. He began the year as a starter on the wing but was benched in favor of Jonathon Simmons after a horrible shooting start. T-Ross finished as just a top-200 per-game player, disappointing anyone who rolled the dice on his steals and threes upside in a potential starting role.
April 12, 2018, 11:50 pmEvan Fournier - SG - Orlando Magic
Evan Fournier was limited to only 57 games in 2017-18 but had a nice bounce back season, returning to top-70 levels of output.
Fournier's return to the middle rounds was driven largely by improved shooting. He shot .462 in his breakout season before dipping back to career norms with a .439 season a year ago, rebounding to .459 this time around. Fournier established new career-highs in points, rebounds, threes and blocks but none of those numbers were wildly different than they were last season. Most of his stats were about the same, though his free throw shooting also stood out as he jumped from .805 to a career-best 86.7 percent. Unfortunately, Fournier was a top-125 option in total value as an ankle injury (eight games) and a sprained MCL (17 games) limited him to only 57 games. He's been pretty consistent since joining the Magic though the fact that he's played in less than 68 games in each of the last two seasons could portend trouble — especially as the bulk of the absences have come from various leg ailments.
April 12, 2018, 11:34 pmAaron Gordon - PF - Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon only played one quarter in Wednesday's season-ending 101-92 victory over the Wizards, scoring 11 points with three 3-pointers, three rebounds and a block.
Gordon came roaring out of the gates this season, and while his shooting start was obviously unsustainable he was cruising along to an early-round finish before the injuries struck. A sore left ankle cost him the second and third games of the year. He missed two December games because of a concussion and suffered a right calf strain in his first game back that shelved him for five more contests. Nine games were lost because of a hip flexor strain at the end of January. Another concussion, his third in two years, cost him five games in March. Mercifully, a sore right calf in April only kept him from playing in one game. The move to power forward did Gordon tons of good when he was on the floor, and AG was able to establish career-highs in all of the standard fantasy counting stats. He wound up as a top-70 per-game player but was only top-120 in total value, as those injuries limited him to only 58 games. Still, Gordon had several of the versatile, eye-popping lines that owners dream about. Had it not been for injuries, Gordon looked well on his way to a top-50 finish, even as his shooting slipped.
April 12, 2018, 11:17 pmRodney Purvis - SG - Orlando Magic
Rodney Purvis logged 25 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, ending his season by leading the Magic in scoring with 16 points, five rebounds and two threes.
Purvis shot a poor .327 in his 16 games but the Magic liked enough of what they saw to give him a multi-year deal. He provided some scoring punch but not consistently enough to make any waves in fantasy leagues, finishing outside the top-425.
April 12, 2018, 11:05 pmJamel Artis - SG - Orlando Magic
Jamel Artis picked up 22 minutes in Wednesday's season finale but scored just three points with five rebounds on 1-of-5 from the field.
Artis had games of 16, 18 and 12 points earlier in April but combined for just 10 over his final three. Those three performances were not enough to drag Artis, who played just 32 games, into the top-425.