The Magic threaded the needle, making the playoffs and developing their young players
October 17, 2019, 9:48 pmTyler HerroPG, Miami Heat
Tyler Herro played 26 inefficient minutes off the bench on Thursday, finishing with eight points and four turnovers against the Magic.
Herro did add three defensive counters and has been excellent to start the preseason but this was not an outing worth remembering, outside of a scuffle that got Magic guard Michael Carter-Williams ejected from the contest. Herro should be worth a look later on in standard leagues for his shooting acumen.
October 13, 2019, 4:26 pmTerrence RossSG, Orlando Magic
Terrence Ross (right ankle sprain) will miss Sunday's preseason game versus the Sixers.
He will join Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier on the bench as the three look to get healthy by the regular season. Ross is expecting to have a big role off of the bench this season and could provide valuable scoring and three-point attempts in deeper leagues.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
September 27, 2019, 9:11 pmMichael Carter-WilliamsPG, Orlando Magic
Head coach Steve Clifford has talked about playing Michael Carter-Williams at shooting guard at times to try and alleviate the team’s logjam at point guard.
The Magic want to give Markelle Fultz some run at point guard behind D.J. Augustin with the hopes he can be their future point guard. This doesn't leave many minutes left for MCW so coach Clifford hopes to play him some time at shooting guard too. Unfortunately, the Magic already have Evan Fournier and Terrence Ross taking the majority of the minutes at shooting guard, so MCW is only a deep-league target.
September 25, 2019, 1:50 pmMarkelle FultzPG, Orlando Magic
Markelle Fultz, who had been plagued by a right shoulder injury, will not have any restrictions in training camp according to Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman.
Fultz was the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft but has been plagued by injuries over his first two seasons. Even if he remains healthy, D.J. Augustin and Michael Carter-Williams are also point guard options for the Magic. However, Fultz has real potential if he can stay on the court.
Source: Jake Chapman on Twitter
July 10, 2019, 8:34 pmMichael Carter-WilliamsPG, Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic have officially announced the signing of Michael Carter-Williams.
MCW posted top-200 value as Orlando's backup PG last season after salvaging his career off of a 10-day contract. He is likely have a similar role this season unless Markelle Fultz ever finds his way back onto a basketball court.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
July 1, 2019, 11:37 amMichael Carter-WilliamsPG, Orlando Magic
Michael Carter-Williams has agreed to a one-year deal that will keep him with the Magic, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
It's not surprising that Carter-Williams would stick with Orlando, as that is where he revived his career under Steve Clifford last season. MCW still has obvious flaws as a player but his size and length fit nicely with what the Magic are building defensively. Orlando looks ready to run it back with the same group as last season.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
April 25, 2019, 12:40 pmMichael Carter-WilliamsG, Orlando Magic
During the exit interview, Michael Carter-Williams said, "I love the guys on the team, I love the organization & Coach Cliff is great. I could definitely see myself here. I’m comfortable here & I can play my game. I’d love to come back.”
MCW proved to be a good bargain for the Magic and for really deep-league fantasy owners with 0.9 steals, 0.8 blocks, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in just 18.9 minutes off the bench. Those aren't eye-popping numbers, but for a backup seeing minutes in the teens, that was plenty valuable. Along with retaining Nikola Vicevic, PG will be a point of emphasis for the Magic this offseason.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
April 14, 2019, 12:55 pmMichael Carter-WilliamsG, Orlando Magic
Michael Carter-Williams (nose) will play in Game 2 on Tuesday vs. the Raptors.
Williams took a hard hit from Kyle Lowry and his nose started bleeding a ton, so much that it was believed to have possibly been broken. This is good news for the Magic as Carter-Williams actually played really well for them in Game 1, finishing with 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and two triples on 4-of-8 shooting in just 18 minutes.
Source: Joshua Robbins on Twitter
April 13, 2019, 7:24 pmMichael Carter-WilliamsG, Orlando Magic
Michael Carter-Williams (nose) has returned to the bench.
MCW is available to return to the game after getting hit in the nose by Kyle Lowry.
April 13, 2019, 7:19 pmMichael Carter-WilliamsG, Orlando Magic
Michael Carter-Williams (nose, face) was hit in the face and bleeding heavily from his nose.
Kyle Lowry came off of a Khem Birch screen, which could have been an illegal screen, and ended up smacking MCW in the nose. He was bleeding profusely, but did not get the foul call and was livid. Early reports are that MCW may have broken his nose, but we'll update his status when we learn more.
April 10, 2019, 11:15 pmMichael Carter-WilliamsG, Orlando Magic
Michael Carter-Williams finished his regular season with eight points, four rebounds, seven assists and a steal in 22 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday.
Carter-Williams dealt with left knee issues early in the year, which delayed his Houston debut. He quickly fell out of favor there and was traded to the Bulls, who waived him almost immediately. Orlando came calling after Isaiah Briscoe tore his meniscus and MCW made the most of his 10-day contracts before signing with the Magic for the rest of the season. As a member of the Magic, he delivered 5.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.3 triples in 18.6 mpg. Carter-Williams was a top-200 value over those 12 contests, and though that’s a vast improvement over the top-350 numbers we’re still not all that excited about his long-term prospects. He might’ve saved his career, at least, and that’s certainly an accomplishment.
April 5, 2019, 10:14 pmMichael Carter-WilliamsG, Orlando Magic
Michael Carter-Williams gave the Magic another strong performance off the bench on Friday, posting four points, six rebounds, six assists and a steal in 21 minutes of action.
Carter-Williams has looked surprisingly competent since the Magic picked him up, and he's immediately taken on the backup point guard job. We'll see how he holds up in the playoffs as teams can completely ignore him as a shooter, but it's hard to call his addition anything but a win for Orlando. He's right on the cusp of 12-team value over the last couple of weeks and is worth a look if you need assists, but keep expectations in check. D.J. Augustin put up 13 points, seven assists, two steals and a triple in the easy win.
April 4, 2019, 11:18 amMichael Carter-WilliamsG, Orlando Magic
Michael Carter-Williams has been signed by the Magic for the rest of the season.
He already has appeared in nine games with the Magic and continues to backup D.J. Augustin well whenever he needs a breather. There's no need to pick him up yet since he only has one good fantasy game since arriving in Orlando.
Source: Orlando Magic PR on Twitter
March 25, 2019, 10:02 pmMichael Carter-WilliamsG, Orlando Magic
Michael Carter-Williams provided a spark with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and a 3-pointer in 20 minutes in Monday's blowout win over the Sixers.
It was Carter-Williams' fourth game with the Magic, and it's a good reminder that he can put up some great stats if he get the minutes. However, he totaled just nine points, 14 rebounds and seven assists in his previous three games, so there's no need to pick him up just yet.