Vince Carter or Hedo Turkoglu? Which Player Fits the Orlando Magic Best?

May 13th, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
When the Orlando Magic decided to part ways with Hedo Turkoglu and acquire Vince Carter to replace him, there were many ensuing debates that questioned the logic of the move, considering the circumstances.

The Magic fell to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals of 2009, but their valiant effort suggested that a return trip in 2010 was a definite possibility, even without the benefit of a roster move.

When Turkoglu was released many felt the Magic lost an advantage that was highlighted in Orlando's victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals.

Turkoglu teamed with Rashard Lewis to give the Magic two perimeter players who were 6'9" or taller, and this created defensive nightmares for the Cavaliers, who had no one who could defend Orlando's length on the perimeter.

The advantage was increased late in games because Turkoglu often became the team's primary ball-handler, and when the Magic needed to score out of their half-court set, it was Turkoglu who directed the offense.

Carter doesn't present the same matchup problems that Turkoglu did, but there are areas where Carter exce ...

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