Player News - Magic

Date: Team: Pos:

Evan Fournier made 2-of-10 from the field for seven points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes during a 105-86 win over the Hawks on Saturday.

His minutes are way up again with 35.5 per game over his last four. In that span, he averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 treys on 40.0 percent from the field. It'll be interesting to see how he and Terrence Ross co-exist, but Ross should absolutely have a higher usage than Serge Ibaka. While Fournier's scoring may take a minor hit, his fantasy value should be fine as long as he stays healthy.
Feb 25 - 10:12 PM

Terrence Ross showed why the Magic traded for him during a 105-86 win over the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 24 points with four rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers.

After a 4-of-17 dud on Thursday, Ross had it going big time with shooting touch. Ross has been living on his jump shot and actually hasn't made any shots at the rim in his two games with Orlando, which does spell trouble for his consistency from an efficiency standpoint -- only 11.7 percent of his shots come from within three feet on the season. Coach Frank Vogel has said he wants him to be aggressive and to score off the dribble, so expect more close shots to come. Ross should be owned in all standard leagues with his new opportunity.
Feb 25 - 10:02 PM

Elfrid Payton flirted with a triple-double against the Hawks on Saturday with 15 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two blocks in 28 minutes.

He was 3-of-8 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line to get this win. The Magic are reportedly looking to sign another point guard because C.J. Watson (Achilles) is banged up, so maybe this is a little added motivation for Payton. His fantasy value still isn't where it needs to be as a low-end point guard.
Feb 25 - 9:54 PM

Aaron Gordon made 7-of-11 from the field for 18 points with three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one turnover in 24 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

The shift to power forward has been huge for him, especially when it comes to shot selection. A whopping 65.0 percent of his shots have come from within three feet, which explains why he's made 55.0 percent from the field in those two games. This move could save his fantasy value going forward and should start finally trending up after a terrible start.
Feb 25 - 9:50 PM

Nikola Vucevic scored 16 points with 14 rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and two turnovers in 29 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

He popped up on the injury report this afternoon due to some Achilles soreness, but he didn't look limited in one of his better two-way games of the season. His fantasy owners may want to keep an eye on Vucevic here, but the Magic will be off until Mar. 1. That should get him right and hopefully he can flirt with early-round value on a thin Magic frontcourt.
Feb 25 - 9:44 PM

Nikola Vucevic (Achilles) will play against the Hawks on Saturday.

He gets the green light well before tip, so that's a good sign in the short term. On the other hand, it's never good to see a player on a bad team deal with Achilles soreness, so his fantasy owners will have to monitor him going forward. We'll let you know how he looks tonight.
Feb 25 - 5:20 PM

Nikola Vucevic is listed as questionable for Saturday against the Hawks due of a sore right Achilles tendon.

The Magic are likely playing for a draft pick and currently sit in the No. 4 spot in the lottery. This is a new injury for Vooch after he played 33 minutes and scored 25 points on Thursday. If he's out, Bismack Biyombo would be looking at huge minutes with Stephen Zimmerman backing him up.
Feb 25 - 4:19 PM

C.J. Watson (Achilles) will miss at least another a week.

Watson injured the Achilles in the Magic's last game before the All-Star break, but it did not improve as hoped over the last week. As a result, the Magic have discussed signing another point guard to a 10-day contract. With Watson sidelined, Elfrid Payton, D.J. Augustin and Mario Hezonja will divvy up his minutes.
Feb 25 - 11:16 AM

C.J. Watson (Achilles) is listed as out in the game notes for Saturday's matchup with the Hawks.

Watson also sat out Thursday's contest. Elfrid Payton was plugged into the starting lineup on Thursday, but was relatively quiet and played just 22 minutes. D.J. Augustin played 25 minutes off the bench. Mario Hezonja also saw 25 minutes off the bench and scored 10 points.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 25 - 9:27 AM

C.J. Wilcox (left Achilles tendinitis) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. Atlanta.

No fantasy impact to note here, as Wilcox is averaging under five minutes per game on the season and has not played since early January.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 25 - 9:18 AM

Nikola Vucevic scored 25 points with nine rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer during a 112-103 loss to the Blazers on Thursday.

The numbers say Vucevic gets a usage rate boost when he's not with Serge Ibaka this year, but the addition of Terrence Ross in the first unit should negate that bump. Still, Vooch staying put at the deadline is a good sign for him as he will now anchor a smaller-ball lineup to help his boards and close-range output. Expect him to flirt with early-round value.
Feb 23 - 10:08 PM

Terrence Ross made 4-of-17 from the field for 13 points with five rebounds, one assist, three steals and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

It was bombs away for Ross in his first Magic game. While there were some wild pullup treys, coach Frank Vogel is apparently going to let his new wing be among the team leaders in field goal attempts. Games like these will happen quite a bit, which shows how he can be limited in standard leagues. He's still worth owning as long as you're OK with the FG% hit.
Feb 23 - 10:05 PM

Aaron Gordon started at power forward against the Blazers on Thursday with nine points, nine boards, two assists and two blocks in 29 minutes.

Yeah, this wasn't a great game, but there are some positives here. He didn't take any two-point attempts longer than six feet in this game and he wasn't asked to do too much in halfcourt sets. Before the game, coach Frank Vogel said he liked how Gordon looked at power forward last year, which suggests this move should stick. He should be able to revive his value in standard leagues, but his upside isn't too high.
Feb 23 - 10:00 PM

Elfrid Payton struggled in a start against the Blazers on Thursday with nine points, two rebounds, three assists and one block in 22 minutes.

He did not play in the final 3:55 of this game due to the Magic trailing by six at that point. There were some trade rumors of the Magic looking to add a point guard, so Payton doesn't have a firm grip as the main point guard in the long term. Whatever the case, he just doesn't provide enough offensive firepower in fantasy leagues.
Feb 23 - 9:55 PM

D.J. Augustin played 26 minutes off the bench against the Blazers on Thursday with seven points, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

It's not too often Augustin plays just backup point guard, but that's what happened in this loss. C.J. Watson (Achilles) being out for this game is likely the reason, so that'll be something to watch when Watson is healthy. The Magic were not able to trade DJA and his fantasy value remains unattractive in most leagues.
Feb 23 - 9:50 PM


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