Vegas Over/Under: 33.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 31-51 The Bet: Beneath with marginal confidence During the 2016-17 campaign, the Orlando Magic created 32.8 percent of the three-point attempts, which left them before only the Oklahoma City Thunder (32.7 percent). In addition they took just 26.1 treys per contest, once again finishing in the league’s lowest half (No. 16).
These amounts aren’t conducive to success in today’s NBA, which places more and more of an emphasis on shooting beyond the rainbow each year professional page.
So their most glaring flaw was addressed by the Magic by adding the players, most of whom fought in 2016-17 from downtown:
Marreese Speights: 37.2 percentage on 3.4 efforts per game for the Los Angeles Clippers
Jonathan Isaac: 34.8 percent on 2.8 attempts per game for your Florida State Seminoles (using a shorter arc)
Shelvin Mack: 30.8 percent on 2.2 attempts per game for your Utah Jazz
Jonathon Simmons: 29.4 percentage on 1.3 efforts per game for the San Antonio Spurs
Adreian Payne: 20.0 percent on 0.8 efforts per game for the Minnesota Timberwolves
Speights’ presence might help, however, the enduring logjam that is frontcourt of the team can make it hard for him to make too many minutes.
So are we supposed to believe the Magic hit the over and will win more games this season?
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