Player News - Magic

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Nikola Vucevic turned in his first triple-double of his career during a 117-110 loss to the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 31 points with 13 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

He becomes he first Magic center to turn in a trip-dub with dimes -- Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard did it Whiteside style with blocks. Just like the start of the season, Vooch is on a wild heater with averages of 23.6 points, 13.2 points, 4.8 boards, 2.6 blocks, 1.2 steals, 1.6 blocks, and 2.2 turnovers on 57.5 percent from the field and 100.0 percent from the line over his last five games. These explosions and playing 28 games so far have him as fantasy's No. 6 player thus far. He won't be this good, but he's been going to shatter his ADP price.
Dec 10 - 1:39 AM

Mario Hezonja made his first start of the season against the Hawks with seven points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

Aaron Gordon (concussion) did not play in this game and coach Frank Vogel went to his third-string PF. Hezonja played well enough to keep Marreese Speights on the bench and his move to PF has been moving as expected -- he started six games at shooting guard his rookie season. With the Magic off for three days, there's a good chance Gordon is back. Leave Mario on the wire in just about all leagues.
Dec 10 - 1:33 AM

Elfrid Payton scored 11 points with one rebound and three assists against the Hawks in his 24 minutes.

It's a little surprising that Payton has been really quiet in the last two games with this one and an 11/0/6 line on Friday. Evan Fournier (ankle) handles the ball a good amount, but that responsibility has gone to guys like Jonathon Simmons and even Nikola Vucevic, who had his first triple-double. Payton will get hot at some point, so just weather the storm of this slow start in December.
Dec 10 - 1:30 AM

Arron Afflalo scored four points with one turnover in 25 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

The Magic should probably just start Wes Iwundu next time out, assuming Evan Fournier (ankle) can't go. Afflalo needs a ridiculous amount of volume to have value in fantasy and he's almost certainly not going to get it.
Dec 10 - 1:28 AM

Shelvin Mack scored nine points with four rebounds, one assist, two 3-pointers and a season-high nine assists in 26 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

Revenge game? Mack was terrific as he set up his teammates well all night as coach Frank Vogel went with the small lineup combinations he has all season due to so many injuries. Vogel may not be able to get away with that against the Clippers, so trusting Mack could be a gamble. Plus, that game isn't until Dec. 13. Leave him on the wire.
Dec 10 - 1:25 AM

D.J. Augustin (hamstring) scored eight points with two rebounds, seven assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

He was called questionable for this game, but no word came down until he checked into the game. Augustin did get plenty of run off the bench, but Shelvin Mack played well enough to leapfrog him late. DJA could have some short-term value while Evan Fournier (ankle) and Aaron Gordon (concussion) are out because he may play minutes in the upper 20s.
Dec 10 - 1:22 AM

Marreese Speights was a DNP-CD against the Hawks on Saturday.

This is a surprise as coach Frank Vogel went small and really leaned on Mario Hezonja. That may change the next time out, but Aaron Gordon (concussion) isn't expected to be out long.
Dec 10 - 1:19 AM

Wesley Iwundu scored a career-high seven points with three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

He's probably going to stick in the rotation while Evan Fournier (ankle) is on the shelf. Iwundu hasn't really shown he can produce at the NBA level, but he's show some flashes in summer league, he was a great scorer at K State, and he's produced in the G League. He's a possible DFS punt option against a strong team with hopes of cleaning up in garbage time to go with minutes in the 20s.
Dec 10 - 1:17 AM

Jonathon Simmons scored a career-high 29 points with seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

He also matched his career high in dimes and rebounds in his best pro game. Due to some injuries, the Juice is loose in December, averaging 19.0 points, 5.5 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.2 treys on 49.0 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from the line in those six. As you'd expect, he's crushed at the rim at 27-of-37 (73.0 percent) for 36.3 percent of his shot total, so he's been able to overcome some struggles with his jumper. Simmons should be owned in all standard leagues.
Dec 10 - 1:14 AM

Elfrid Payton, Arron Afflalo, Jonathon Simmons, Mario Hezonja and Nikola Vucevic will start against the Hawks on Saturday.

With Aaron Gordon (concussion) and Evan Fournier (ankle) out, the Magic are in deep trouble with two players starting after they weren't in the rotation last week. Hezonja should be able to get some decent minutes and maybe he gets to 30, but he would have to play well -- he hasn't done that much. Marreese Speights should still be very busy in the second unit and has the higher floor in DFS.
Dec 9 - 6:11 PM

The Magic will recall Adreian Payne from their G-League affiliate.

This was a predictable move as the Magic need extra depth up front with both Aaron Gordon (concussion) and Jonathan Isaac (ankle) unavailable on Saturday. Payne has yet to appear in a game for Orlando this season but may make his debut this weekend. However, he can be left on waivers in all fantasy formats.
Dec 9 - 10:14 AM

Jonathan Isaac (ankle) is listed as "out" for Saturday's game vs. the Hawks.

This will be the 15th straight game Isaac has missed since severely spraining his ankle last month. The Magic could really use him, as Aaron Gordon (concussion) is now sidelined. We should get an update shortly and find out if Isaac is any closer to at least fully practicing with the team.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 9 - 9:36 AM

D.J. Augustin (left quad contusion) is listed as questionable in the game notes for Saturday's matchup with the Hawks

The Magic are already without Evan Fournier (ankle) and Terrence Ross (knee), so they would be extremely shorthanded if Augustin was unable to suit up on Saturday. In addition, Aaron Gordon (concussion) is also sidelined. However, this just a game-note designation, so we will have to wait for an update from coach Frank Vogel. If Augustin can't play, Shelvin Mack and Arron Afflalo would see a significant increase in playing time. Jonathon Simmons will also likely see a spike in his usage rate.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 9 - 9:15 AM

Aaron Gordon (concussion) is listed as "out" in the game notes for Saturday's matchup vs. the Hawks.

Gordon crashed into Gary Harris' shoulder on Friday night and exited the game quickly after the collision. He was later diagnosed with a concussion. This means Gordon will enter the NBA's concussion protocol and will not return to game action until he is cleared by team doctors and an independent physician. With Jonathan Isaac (ankle) also out, the Magic are very thin at power forward. Marreese Speights may draw the start in place of Gordon. Mario Hezonja will likely see an uptick in minutes as well.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 9 - 9:10 AM

Marreese Speights missed all five of his shots from the field and finished with two points, two assists and one board in 12 minutes vs. Denver on Friday.

Aaron Gordon left the game with a concussion and has already been ruled out for Saturday vs. Atlanta, so that puts Speights on the radar since the Magic have been using him at the four with Jonathan Isaac (ankle) out. Speights is a solid per-minute player in fantasy, so he'll be a low-end streaming option in season-long leagues or a punt play in DFS in a favorable matchup.
Dec 8 - 11:19 PM


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