NBA: Grading the Orlando Magic 25 Games After the Trade

February 5th, 2011 by KC Whitten Leave a reply »
It’s been 25 games since the Orlando Magic made the trade that rocked the NBA on Dec. 18. 

During the early stages with the revamped Magic, the 2010-2011 edition resembled the 2009 team that made it to the NBA Finals.  However, since coming off a 9-game winning streak in mid-January, the Magic are just 7-7 and giving up 98.5 PPG in that stretch. 

Poor defense has dismantled the Magic the past 14 games, so were they better off before the trade playing superb defense, or was it worth giving up defense for offensive firepower?

The Magic haven’t recorded a win over an elite NBA team since the wins over Boston and San Antonio around Christmas.  Since the Dec. 18 trade, the team has yet to record a road win over a team above the .500 mark (winning in Dallas without Dirk Nowitzki doesn’t count). 

Throughout the past 14 games, the team has suffered long droughts offensively and has yet to play a full game defensively.

All things considered, let’s grade the players acquired during the trade.

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